Photos show what Europe’s 3rd COVID-19 wave looks like as hospitalizations mount and Italy enters another lockdown

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A general view shows a bar’s deserted terrace on Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin on March 17, 2021

  • Germany, Italy, and other countries in Europe enforced new lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases rise.
  • Infectious disease expert Lothar Wieler said the third COVID-19 wave in Germany had “already begun.”
  • Much of Europe has lagged behind the US and the UK in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Many nations in Europe are entering into new nationwide lockdowns as COVID-19 cases rise.

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A man wearing a face mask walks across the Galleria Umberto I on March 17, 2021 in Turin during a new lockdown following new government restrictions over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Italy, the first country to enter into a nationwide lockdown in Europe back in March 2020, imposed new restrictions on March 15, 2021, to slow the third wave.

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A general view of the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) empty and without tourists during the first day of lockdown on March 15.

Source: Insider, The New York Times

Italy’s seven-day average of new cases has increased steadily in March. The country is reporting more than 22,000 average cases per seven days, and 360 average deaths per seven days.

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Source: The New York Times

France resisted pressure to impose another lockdown as of March 17. Emergency resuscitation units in France are at the highest capacity since November.

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General view of the facade of Les Folies Bergeres Theatre is seen on March 17, 2021 in Paris, France.

Source: Reuters

France’s leading doctors urged President Emmanuel Macron to impose a lockdown, and said failing to do so would cost lives.

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives with Chief of Intensive Care Unit Doctor Jan Hayon on March 17.

Source: The Times

Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases, told reporters the third COVID-19 wave in Germany had “already begun” in early March.

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A food courier from Wolt rides past closed restaurants and stacked chairs for outdoor seating at twilight during the coronavirus pandemic on March 5.

Source: CNBC

Dirk Brockmann, an epidemiologist at the Robert Koch Institute, said COVID-19 cases had risen “exponentially” due to easing restrictions too soon and the spread of transmissible variants.

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A group of tourists walks along David Street through the otherwise deserted entertainment district of St.Paul.

Source: Reuters

Germany extended its coronavirus shutdown until March 28.

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A pedestrian walks past a closed retail shop on the Cologne shopping mile during the coronavirus pandemic on March 3, 2021 in Cologne, Germany.

Source: Associated Press

Doctors criticized the country’s slow vaccine rollout: Germany vaccinated fewer than 10% of its population as of mid-March.

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Few people are on the move in Schmeerstraße in the old town of Halle/Saale

Source: Deutsche Welle

Hungary, which has had a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and online-only high school classes since November, imposed new restrictions in early March. The country now requires businesses to close doors for two weeks, allowing only grocery stores and pharmacies to stay open.

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A men carries flowers at a market in downtown Budapest on March 8, 2021, the International Women’s Day, amid the ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Associated Press

One thousand supporters of Hungary’s far-right party, Mi Hazank Mozgalom, held a demonstration demanding an end to the restrictions. The country’s daily new COVID-19 case count is at an all-time high.

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People attend a demonstration against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures and their economic consequences, at Heroes’ Square in Budapest, Hungary.

Source: EuroNews, Associated Press

Poland announced a three-week partial lockdown, closing shops, hotels, and theaters starting March 20. The country reported 25,052 new COVID-19 cases this week, the highest toll in 2021.

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The Polish health ministry imposed a lockdown in two counties following a surge in new cases of coronavirus infections.

Source: Reuters

The Czech Republic deployed police officers and soldiers to enforce lockdown measures in early March that aim to get citizens to stay home.

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An empty street of the Old Town during the lockdown imposed by the government to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease on March 1, 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Source: Reuters

Much of Europe has lagged behind the US and the UK in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine due to supply shortages.

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A man is having body temperature checked on the entrance to Krakow University Hospital on the first day of teachers’ Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Source: CBS

Many European countries – including Germany and Italy – paused the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as investigators look into reports of blood clots in a handful of recipients. The World Health Organizations urged countries to continue using AstraZeneca’s vaccine, and said blood clots are one of the most common cardiovascular conditions globally.

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People queue at the entrance to a vaccination center in Marseille, southern France, on March 16.

Source: Insider

AstraZeneca said their vaccine offers less protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant first discovered in South Africa, but offers the same efficacy against two other major variants.

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A nurse inserts the needle into the patient’s forearm to vaccinate him March 9, 2021 in Bari, Italy.

Source: Reuters, Insider

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Miami mayor warns Florida is already packed for spring break with too many people on the way: ‘We’ve got a problem’

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Spring breakers at Miami Beach, Florida in March 2016.

  • Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber on Saturday said that Florida has a problem.
  • Too many people are visiting for spring break, he said.
  • In March 2020, the state hosted droves of partying young people before the US saw a major outbreak.
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History may soon repeat itself in Florida, where some beaches are already packed with spring breakers, according to CNN.

“We’re seeing too much spring break activity,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told CNN on Saturday. “We’ve got a problem with too many people coming here. We’ve got a problem with too many people coming here to let loose.”

“We are concerned,” he said. “It’s very challenging.”

Air travel has risen to its highest level in nearly a year, according to The Transportation Security Administration. On Saturday, a spokesperson for the agency said that TSA had screened about 1.4 million people at airport security checkpoints on Friday, the highest number of passengers since March 15, 2020, when about 1.5 million people were screened, Insider reported.

This rise in travel coinciding with the beginning of spring breaks and generally warmer weather, making Florida a popular destination for people who could potentially spread COVID-19.

“We’ve come a long way as a community in slowing the spread of the virus,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said on Twitter. “As you enjoy our city and our wonderful weather this weekend, continue your pandemic precautions.”

In September, Florida lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on all businesses in the state, allowing local governments to enforce stricter protocols however they chose.

Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor, recently said that more lockdowns or travel restrictions “ain’t happening in Florida,” WPTV NewsChannel 5 reported.

The governor has been critical of President Joe Biden’s calls for continued precautions and has generally adopted a more laissez-faire approach to public health restrictions.

Last year, Florida made headlines for the droves of young people that partied there with abandon, then returned to their homes throughout the US and abroad, an analysis by Tectonix GEO X-Mode Social found, based on anonymized cell phone data.

It can’t really be known how widely the spring break parties spread the coronavirus, but by the end of March 2020, Florida cases had more than tripled, from 1,700 on March 1 to 5,473 by March 30. Cases as far away as California and Massachusetts have been linked to a single event, the “Winter Party Festival,” in Miami Beach, The New York Times reported.

DeSantis didn’t order people to stay home until April 1, but little testing was available at the time. The Winter Party Festival ended the day before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the Times reported.

Florida coronavirus cases peaked in January 2021 at about 19,500 new cases per day. Today they’ve leveled off to roughly 5,244 daily cases, according to a Times tracker. Nearly 4 million people have been vaccinated, about 18% of the state’s population.

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