This is how it is in other countries where omikron is on the rise and you can shop

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To ease Dutch measures, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) studied Denmark, France and the UK. “If the figures for England, Denmark and France are favorable, then this could be a small step,” UNWTO member Marc Bonten predicted earlier. If one thing is for sure, infections are here for you too. The ears fly.

Unprecedented infections among the French and the Danes

Where once something was called a risk zone with a cut-off value of over 150 infections per 100,000 people, those limits have long since been exceeded since the omikron’s advance. There, more than 400 French people out of 100,000 already have a positive test. Day after day, records are broken for the number of infections. In Denmark, infections now fluctuate around 350 in 100,000. For Americans, British and Belgians, this is around 200 in 100,000.

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According to the doctor-microbiologist Bert Mulder of the CWZ hospital in Nijmegen, these countries could also afford “a lot of freedom and infections because the initial situation was much more favorable”. “Before omikron came along, there were 72 people in intensive care in Denmark, compared to around 600 in the Netherlands at the time, and some even had to travel to Germany. We really couldn’t have any more omikron. As a result, the Dutch cabinet was forced to take strict measures, while in other countries it was possible to simply shop and dine out. In the Netherlands, the number of infections is increasing, but it is even lower due to the strict measures. In Germany – where a 2G + policy has been in place in the restaurant industry since January, according to which vaccinated and cured people must show a negative test or a recall certificate – the number of infections is much lower.

Hospital admissions skyrocket among Americans, French and Brits

According to Mulder, in countries with a lot of omikron “where there are few measurements, infections and hospitalizations are increasing everywhere”. In the United States, more Americans than ever are hospitalized with crowns, confirms infectious disease module Marino van Zelst at Wageningen University. “You can also see hospital admissions skyrocket in France and England. In Denmark, the number has increased, but it seems manageable. The infectious disease modulator – who is also jokingly referred to as Marino van Exzelst, referring to his preference for Excel spreadsheets – suspects that vaccine coverage and population immunity play a major role in these differences. When people have been vaccinated and boosted or have been through illness, they develop an immune system.

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The figures vary: in one country yes, in another not increasing

The fact that booster shots can make a difference is most clearly reflected in the IC numbers. “The chances of admission to IC with omikron are considerably lower if you have had a previous corona or have been vaccinated,” Van Zelst explains. “In France and the United States, where vaccination coverage is low, you see real problems. But among the Danes and the British, where many people have been boosted, that number is still low. Still, according to medical microbiologist Mulder, we shouldn’t be celebrating too soon. “A very large American study has been published which compares the omikron to the delta. At first glance, that doesn’t sound too bad, but if you really pay attention to the details, you see that the over 60s are underrepresented in this study. We know this group is more vulnerable than the young people who have now mostly gone through the omikron, so we certainly shouldn’t be celebrating too soon. ”

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Netherlands catch up on boosters, but lag behind

The Netherlands are progressing in terms of the number of booster doses used, but their score is nowhere near as high as, for example, Denmark and the United Kingdom. “We have made good progress in strengthening, also among the groups at risk”, confirms Mulder. “But there is also a significant proportion of unvaccinated people, so we always run the risk of overcrowding hospitals if the omikron really continues.”

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UNWTO member Andreas Voss told Op1 yesterday that the UNWTO has looked at the easing scenarios and the consequences for hospitals and the number of infections. “Simplification must be done in stages”.

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