In recent days, the UK has recorded around 40,000 new cases of COVID-19 every 24 hours, a spike in the pandemic that has increased pressure on hospital intensive care units. However, the government is reluctant to re-impose restrictions such as mandatory facemask wearing or teleworking wherever possible, and has pinned its hopes on the progress of the vaccination program. On Saturday, more than 300,000 people received a booster dose.

– “We need people to have lateral flow tests, to avoid contact with lots of people in enclosed spaces, to use masks, all those things have to be done now if we are going to stop the increase in cases and avoid a real hospital collapse in the middle of winter,” explains Professor Adam Finn of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization.

From the World Health Summit in Germany, the WHO director general did not mince words about the global management of the pandemic:

– “The pandemic will end when the world decides it will end. It is in our hands, we have all the tools we need: effective public health tools and effective medical tools. But the world has not used those tools well,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Meanwhile, the pandemic is raging in Romania, one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rates in Europe. With the help of its European partners, the government is trying to speed up vaccinations and has re-imposed a night-time curfew.

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