Covid-19
In Belgium persons cannot holiday overseas in an attempt to curb the pandemic spread of the virus variant

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the new Coronavirus variant may be even more fatal. “In addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant – the variant that was first identified in London and the southeast – may be associated with a higher degree of mortality”, he said.

However, during the same media conference the main scientific advisor to the UK Government, Sir Patrick Vallance, said that evidence of this i not as yet strong enough.

“Now, that evidence is not yet strong. It’s a series of different bits of information that come together to support that.”

In a further development the UK is requesting a decrease in the time between the first and second Covid Pfizer-BioNTech inoculation. Professor Chris Whitty said the increase between the first and second inoculation from three weeks to twelve weeks was aimed so that more people throughout the country will receive the first dose. However, according to the British Medical Association, this is difficult to justify and the time should be reduced to six weeks between each inoculation.

So far throughout the UK five million and eight hundred thousand persons have been inoculated while 468,000 persons have received the second inoculation too.

AstraZeneca has warned it may not be able to produce the number of inoculations promised to the EU. This is the second country facing difficulties and the initially promised doses may be reduced.

The EU Commissioner for Health said he is not satisfied with this news, particularly as the rate of inoculations in a number of Member Countries is already lower than initially planned because of a reduction of supply by Pfizer-BioNTech.

The Portuguese electorate will tomorrow be voting in the country’s Presidential Election. The country is currently in lockdown and voters have been given a time extension to cast their votes. Many fear the election will alarmingly increase the spread of the Coronavirus and opinion research is showing that 66% of the electorate wanted the election to be postponed.

Belgians cannot leave their country to go on holiday in a further attempt to prevent the spread of the virus variant and thus prevent a second wave of the pandemic. The Belgian Government has decided to stop travel from the 27th of this month onward to 1st March. In Belgium, cafes and restaurants have been closed from mid-October of last year but all retail outlets and schools are permitted to remain open.

In Holland as from this evening people have to be observed a curfew and not go out from 9 pm to 4.30 am the following morning unless they have a valid reason and those needing to go out for employment purposes have to have written authorisation from their employer. This is a further measure being introduced to curb the virus spread and exception will only be made for emergencies. Flights between Holland and areas classified as being of high risks have been stopped for at least a month.