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Europe has more new virus cases but not lockdowns

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/26/21, 03:56 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday defended his decision to not implement a national lockdown despite a rising number of COVID-19 infections and full hospitals. The government has closed nonessential stores and imposed some regional travel restrictions. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off initial plans to put the country in lockdown down over Easter, but health officials encouraged people to stay home. Contagious variants of the coronavirus have driven an increase of new cases in the 27-member European Union, and some nations have imposed tight new restrictions. The U.K. variant is thought to be about 50 percent more contagious than the original coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

How is the EU vaccination campaign going? Slower than anyone wants. Some European leaders have accused Britain of hoarding vaccines while accepting imports from the bloc, and EU members have clashed in recent days over how to distribute 10 million doses. The European Union still hopes to get 70 percent of the adult population vaccinated by the end of summer, but at the moment, only 14 percent of residents have received a shot.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s column on responding to pandemic despair.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Glong
    Posted: Mon, 03/29/2021 09:52 am

    One has to ask, "How effective have lockdowns (and mask mandates) been?" If you look at data across states and/or countries you find very little statistical difference in demographically adjusted infection, hospitalization, and death rates. One also has to consider that, from the beginning, the word "cases" has been used to describe anyone with a positive test whether they were ill and required hospitalization and treatment or not. This has let to a vastly inflated fear on the part of many that a COVID-19 diagnosis is a death sentence. In fact, the case fatality rate is well under 9% and the overall mortality rate is 0.1-0.3%.