Having a drink on the terrace in London, a distant memory. But the most bereaved country in Europe sees the light at the end of the tunnel. After a third confinement at the beginning of the year, England is preparing for a return to normal according to a four-step plan announced by the Premier Minister Boris Johnson, thanks to a massive vaccination: one in three adults has already received the first dose.

“We should no longer just rely on confinements, restrictions and the parenthesis of our lives, Boris Johnson explained, because every day, this vaccination campaign strengthens the shield that we are creating around the population, which means that we are on the road to freedom. “

The deconfinement will begin with the reopening of schools on March 8 and will take place gradually until the end of June. All shops, pubs, cinemas or stadiums will then have reopened and social contacts will no longer be restricted.

British optimism is also based on a scientific study according to which the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have reduced hospitalizations by more than 85%, after just one dose.

Other European countries remain hard hit by the third wave of Covid-19. This is particularly the case of Slovakia, which records around 100 deaths per day for 5.5 million inhabitants, one of the highest rates in the world in relation to the population. The country calls on its European partners to provide it with vaccines.

“It’s really a difficult time for my country, pleads the head of diplomacy Ivan Korcok. This will not help those who are already infected but this bilateral support would be an encouragement for our population. “

In France, after the Alpes-Maritimes on Monday, it is the city of Dunkirk which is considering local restrictions in consultation with the government. The epidemic is experiencing an outbreak there with an incidence rate of more than 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The national average is 190 cases.

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