A return to normality. After more than 550 days of restrictions, some European nations reopen their doors, leaving Covid behind. That’s what’s happening in these days Norway, Denmark, Sweden and also in the UK.
The photos that reach us from these countries generate a strong contrast with what is happening in Italy, where the vaccination campaign is bearing fruit, but it is still far from the possibility of abandoning the green pass permanently and returning to a “pre -Covid “.
If in Italy you need the green pass to be able to go to work or enter museums, in Norway social distancing is even abolished and many wonder which of the two is doing something wrong.
Denmark: first country to reopen in the EU
Goodbye to masks and green pass in Denmark. Copenhagen has definitively repealed all anti-Covid restrictions since 10 September. It is the first European country to return to normal thanks to its effectiveness vaccination policy.
We are definitely at the forefront in Denmark globally.
These are the words of the young premier Mette Frederiksen before announcing the reopening, insisting that it is not a risky choice to please the population, rather a weighted decision on data and statistics, which have turned out to be in favor of the Norwegian vaccination policy.
The 75% of the population and the 95% of Over 65 have been vaccinated and the new cases recorded are decidedly positive: in fact, only 500 people tested positive for Covid, with a contagion index of just 0.70%. Definitely enviable and desirable data in the rest of Europe.
The Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke However, the population warns: the danger of Covid-19 has not disappeared into thin air, but remains. Due to the variants of the virus, the Minister explained, we must remain vigilant and attentive, ready for the possibility of returning to a state of emergency. However, the high number of vaccinated people constitutes the first defensive barrier against possible coronavirus mutations.
Therefore, a conscious reopening with a government ready to return to a harsher and more restrictive political line in the event of an increase in infections.
The UK rethinks it and reopens
The government of Boris Johnson thinks about it and renounces the introduction of the green anti-Covid certificate in England.
It would no longer seem necessary to introduce this restrictive rule. The Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, in fact, argued that taking this precaution in the context of the island could be an unnecessary decision given the outcome of the vaccination campaign.
The measure should have been approved by the end of September, imposing the obligation of certification, as in Italy, in order to access places and premises where gathering is expected. Scotland itself has decided to adopt the Italian line from 1 October.
Minister Javid noted that the green pass has been introduced elsewhere to encourage people to get vaccinated, a goal that has long been achieved in Britain. Beyond the81% of the entire population Over 16 is already immunized with 2 doses and 90% with one. However, it is necessary to accelerate to immunize even the lowest segments of the population with children between 16 and 17 years, the last chronologically to have been included in the vaccination program.
Norway: last restrictions lifted
From 25 September in Norway we return to a daily life without restrictive anti-Covid measures, in force since March 2020. Thus, the fourth and last stage of the Norwegian country ends to reach the goal of a “pre-Covid” life. It will therefore be possible to shake hands and not respect the social distancing of one meter, while night clubs can reopen and restaurants return to their full capacity.
This was officially announced by the outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solber. After 561 days of restrictions it would be time to return to a “normal life”. To date, in Norway it appears that around 90,6% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine: on average there are only 355 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a very low mortality rate.
For these reasons, quarantines and other restrictions will no longer be envisaged for those entering the country from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Finally, the abolition of the recommendation to avoid travel abroad will also be announced from 1 October.
The only restrictions still in force concern the isolation in case of positive Covid and, if necessary, the use of the mask on public transport.
Norway since the beginning of the pandemic has been able to organize its country in the best possible way, registering only 850 deaths out of a population of 5 million inhabitants.
Sweden reopens amidst doubts and uncertainties
From 29 September Sweden will also join the other 3 countries for an unrestricted reopening. The launch of the vaccination campaign is well underway according to the Swedish government and for this reason it is ready to remove all anti-coronavirus restrictions.
Only hygiene rules and social distancing will remain in place to contribute to the battle against the virus. It seems, therefore, that the goal of abolishing the few restrictions introduced despite Swedish policy can be achieved. In fact, since the beginning of the pandemic, Sweden has not adopted coercive rules, generating public dismay at an increase in cases in the past months.
Reopening in Italy? What the data say in comparison
Although Italy is at a good point with the vaccination campaign, it seems far from the normality so coveted by the population. For this reason, it is appropriate to compare the data and try to understand what has not yet worked in Italy and which has removed the possible return to an unrestricted everyday life.
Let’s see the latest data recorded in the previous 24.
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Looking at the data, it is clear that the keystone for countries that have now returned to a life without restrictions was the vaccination campaign. In Italy at the moment we are in a waning phase of infections, but the green pass remains.
The government itself considered the green certificate a valid tool to ensure the success of the vaccine campaign. In fact, the vaccinated population is not homogeneous and about 3 million inhabitants of the range over 50 has not yet received the first dose.
For this reason we are far from the results obtained by Norway and Denmark, very desirable for the rest of the European countries.
As Solber then wanted to remember, the Coronavirus will not disappear but will remain present and ready with new variants; for this reason Norway like the rest of Europe will have to remain vigilant and attentive to new outbreaks, not excluding a return to more restrictive rules.