However, the vaccination rollout has kept hospital admissions well below what they were in the first months of 2021.
As a result, Europe presents a varied picture as governments brace for a potential increase in cases during the fall and winter months.
Here is the situation in five key European countries.
But the strong rollout of vaccination in the UK has kept numbers well below what they were at the winter peak; in January, more than 4,000 people were admitted to UK hospitals with the virus every day, although cases were only slightly higher than they are now.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday warned that restrictions could revert in winter if the country’s National Health Service (NHS) risked being overwhelmed. “Covid is still there. The disease unfortunately still remains a risk,” he said at a press conference.
Hospital admissions in France have increased throughout August, amid warnings of a fourth wave of the virus hitting facilities Across the country. At the end of the month, more than 11,000 people were hospitalized with Covid-19.
France has put in place strict restrictions on unvaccinated people in an effort to advance its deployment. As of Thursday, healthcare workers must be fully immunized and “health passes” are required to enter restaurants or travel long distances.
The country has recorded just under 5,000 hospitalizations in recent days.
After being hit hard at the start of the first wave, Italy was one of the first countries to reopen to visitors in 2020. In 2021, entry was largely limited to residents of the European Union, as well as ‘to a shortlist of non-EU. countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Italy on Thursday became the first country in Europe to require all workers in the public and private sectors to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or a recent recovery from the infection. The rule aims to persuade more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and is expected to go into effect on October 15.
“It’s to do these [work] safer places and strengthen the vaccination campaign, ”said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza. He called the decree a “strategy which considers the vaccine as the fundamental key to opening a new season”. and over are currently fully immunized, according to government figures.
Ireland is faring better than some of its closest neighbors in terms of the number of cases and deaths, which are among the lowest in Europe – largely thanks to one of the toughest lockdowns in the world. ‘Europe throughout the pandemic.
There are now signs of a plateau in hospital admissions – around 60 people have been in intensive care units each day throughout September, up from a peak of 221 in January.
Unlike neighboring UK, Ireland still limits the capacity for large indoor and outdoor events, including sporting events.
Ireland’s restrictions are expected to be relaxed from September 20, with fully vaccinated people allowed to meet indoors in groups of no more than 100. From October 22, the government plans to remove the last remaining restrictions on face coverings, social distancing and large gatherings.
Denmark has essentially come back to pre-pandemic life this month, allowing citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants without showing a ‘Covid passport’, use public transport without wearing a face coverings and meet in large numbers without restrictions.
The transmission rate, or R rate, currently stands at 0.7, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke tweeted on Wednesday, meaning the epidemic continues to decline. If it is above 1.0, the cases of Covid-19 will increase in the near future. If it is less than 1.0, the cases will decrease in the near future.
“Vaccines and all the citizens in Denmark’s great efforts over a long period of time are the basis for us to do so well,” Heunicke said.
The country has seen far lower case rates than its neighbor Sweden, which became an outlier in Western Europe when it withstood a strict lockdown in 2020. But the two countries are now roughly aligned in terms of hospitalizations.
CNN’s Sarah Dean, Nicolo Ruotolo and Laura Smith-Spark contributed reporting.