facing the 7th wave, do we need a return of restrictions to save the summer?

facing the 7th wave, do we need a return of restrictions to save the summer?

The 7th wave of Covid is here. Nearly 150,000 new cases were recorded on Tuesday, an increase of 54% in one week. The incidence rate doubled in seven days. At the same time, Portugal and Italy are also affected by new waves. How threatened is our summer?

The 7th wave of Covid is here. Nearly 150,000 new cases were recorded on Tuesday, an increase of 54% in one week. The incidence rate doubled in seven days. At the same time, Portugal and Italy are also affected by new waves.

Restrictions elsewhere in Europe

Thus Portugal experienced a marked increase in new cases in May, which peaked in early June at nearly 200,000 contagions per day. The wave has since started to recedebut sanitary measures remain in place to avoid contamination.

Travelers entering Portugal must present a vaccination certificate or a negative test certificate (antigen test valid for 24 hours or RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours) or a Covid-19 recovery certificate (valid between 11 and 180 days). after the first positive test).

“It’s the 6th wave in Portugal”, specifies our correspondent in Lisbon, Marie-Line Darcy. And to add:

“No particular measure has been taken, except for the advancement of the vaccination schedule for the second booster dose for those over 80. This was initially to take place in September”.

For her part, our correspondent in Rome, Blandine Hugonnet, recalls that among the measures to deal with this summer wave, the Italian government has decided to extend the measures already in place, starting with the obligation to wear a type mask. FFP2 in all public transport until September 30. Italy is also considering making the mask compulsory in workplaces where distancing cannot be respected.

The country recorded around 50,000 new cases every day last week, up from 30,000 the previous week, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

What about France?

In France, the obligation to wear a mask is not yet considered. For the moment, the executive is relying on everyone’s common sense by only inviting them to put the mask back on transport.

The general practitioner and honorary president of the Federation of Doctors of France, Jean-Paul Hamon, however, wants to be reassuring:

“We must not panic, vaccination has since been there. What we observe in the surgeries are moderate symptoms, although there are many people infected. We must think about protecting fragile people as a priority. However, many of them have not been vaccinated for more than six months”.

The doctor is already calling for the mask to be worn in all closed places. A vision shared by epidemiologist Pascal Crepey, who on our antenna also wants to be reassuring about this summer wave.

“Certainly, the BA.5 variant is transmitted more than the previous one, it also escapes immunity a little more, and is a little more severe than the previous one, but the magnitude of this wave, if it could be greater than the sixth, would be lower than the fifth. The challenge is above all to protect the people most at risk of having a serious form”.

Extend access to the 4th dose?

On BFMTV last week, Gilles Pialoux, the head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at the Tenon hospital in Paris, called on the French to go get vaccinated without taking into account the advice of the health authorities, which currently reserves this right for over 60 and fragile people.

For epidemiologist Pascal Crepey, this is a false good idea.

“If we are part of a longer period, that of the winter wave, given the duration of effectiveness of vaccines which is limited, it is better to wait. To have an impact on the circulation of the virus, it is preferable to vaccinate the rest of the population at the dawn of a larger wave. Without that, people who are vaccinated now, will not return this winter”.

In recent days, there has been an increase in appointments to get vaccinated. Indeed, over a week, an average of 100,000 people made an appointment to be vaccinated. This is about four times more than 15 days ago, when there were 20,000 to 30,000 appointments on average.

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