According to the latest data, the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK is still much higher than in the rest of Europe. Only a few European countries, such as Romania and Serbia, currently report higher incidence rates of Covid than the UK, while countries such as France and Germany report significantly lower rates.
As of 8 October, the number of Covid cases in the UK stood at over 500 daily cases per million, while in Spain, Germany and France, they remained below 100.
There are various explanations for why the UK is the Covid hotspot in Europe. Although the introduction of vaccinations in the UK has been one of the fastest in the world, the largest Western European countries since then they have made more vaccines per 100 people. V New Statesman’s International Vaccine Tracker provides more details.
Germany, France and Spain are also currently introducing stricter measures to combat Covid-19 – according to last digits Based on the Covid Severity Index, the UK is the most liberal of the four countries.
International travel restrictions have been eased in the UK, while fully vaccinated people are no longer required to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone who has contracted the virus.
While the UK death rate is declining (and currently stands at around 100 deaths a day), the consistently high number of cases is seen by some as a cause for concern ahead of the winter months.