Europe panic as Covid death rates could soar by 300,000 – lockdown warning issued

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The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine study warned more than 280,000 people could end up in hospital in Germany. This come as Europe is facing a new wave of the deadly virus.

The authors warned death and hospitalisations could rapidly rise in Covid restrictions are not tightened further.

Sheryl Chand, an infectious-disease modeller from the University of Sydney, said: “The numbers are shocking and they may or may not happen, but people need to be aware that COVID-19 isn’t over.”

According to new figures, Europe as a whole accounted for more than half of the seven-day average of infections globally and at least half of the latest Covid deaths.

Researchers collected data on Covid deaths across a range of age groups in 19 European countries.

They then estimated the total number of people who had been infected in each nation by early November 2021.

This figure was used to calculate the share of people who do not have Covid immunity because they either have not had both jabs or have not tested positive by the virus.

The researchers stressed this was a “worst-case scenario” that looked at what would happen if governments across Europe relaxed all Covid restrictions.

The study – which was published on MedRxiv and is yet to be peer-reviewed – also took into account people at risk despite having already been exposed to Covid.

This comes as more European nations face a new wave of the deadly virus, with many warning of a new lockdown.

On Friday, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced a new lockdown from Monday as cases continue to soar.

He said: “Despite months of persuasion, we have not succeeded in convincing enough people to get vaccinated.

“Whipped up by radical anti-vaxxers, by fake news, too many among us didn’t get vaccinated.

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“The results are overcrowded intensive care units and enormous suffering.

“We do not want a fifth wave. Nor do we want a sixth or seventh wave. This is very painful.”

This week, Germany recorded its highest infection figures since the pandemic.

More than 60,000 new infections were recorded in a single day across the nation.

This marks the first time since the pandemic started the country boasts such high numbers.

In a bid to help the increasing number of cases, Italy has opened its doors for emergency coronavirus cases.

Spain is also suffering from the pandemic as its economy is at Civil War levels with more debt than ever before.

September’s data, published on Wednesday by the Bank of Spain, shows this now sits at 122.1 percent, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs hopes the ratio will continue to fall until the end of the year, the official target being 119.5 percent.

Since September last year, debt has increased by 124,097 million euros (up 9.5 percent).

Government revenue fell while spending to put in place coronavirus support measures grew.

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