Romania is in a catastrophic situation, registering the highest mortality rate in the world due to the coronavirus. Hospitals are working beyond their capacity and authorities have announced that ICU beds across the country are full.

Specialists attribute this scenario to the low vaccination rate among Romanians.

While some European countries are beginning to breathe some normality, in Latvia and Slovakia the authorities are once again imposing heavy restrictions to curb COVID.

Latvia, in particular, has closed schools, restaurants and entertainment venues for a month following a spike in the number of cases. A night-time curfew will also be enforced until November 15.

And in the United Kingdom, one of the most successful countries in terms of vaccination, the authorities are warning that the third dose campaign needs to be accelerated.

With new COVID cases increasing at a rate of almost 50,000 a day, the booster vaccine is targeted at the elderly and vulnerable.

Portugal, for its part, is not only administering booster vaccines, but has initiated a dual vaccination program against influenza and COVID.

Portuguese health authorities say they expect to vaccinate more than two million people with the two vaccines by the end of November.

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