Boris Johnson’s disastrous lifting of all Covid restrictions in Britain is one factor behind other completing countries now following his lead. That’s despite shocking rises in infection levels across Europe and beyond.
Germany’s parliament last week voted to loosen Covid restrictions regardless of the record numbers of new cases. As the MPs changed relaxed the rules last Tuesday, the country’s disease control agency reported a record incidence rate of 1,607 new infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days—one of the highest in Europe.
Many believe even these figures are artificially low because testing facilities have reached full capacity. Suffering France, which has also lifted restrictions, is also reporting a month on month rise in infection rates.
Austria is suffering a sharp spike in infections, but there the government is trying to face both ways. It has reintroduced compulsory mask wearing, while reducing the quarantine time for health workers with the virus.
Governments across Europe and business leaders are driving moves to end restrictions because they hope to return to full production and hoover up the markets of competitors. And, that’s also why the media have turned its attention away from a disease that is still killing thousands of people across Europe every day.
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