What seemed to be a cautionary and rational decision turned to be an orgy of violence in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As the Netherlands announced a nationwide partial lockdown on Friday trying to counter a new wave of coronavirus its citizens didn`t seem to welcome the government`s notion reasoning that 72% of the population is fully vaccinated. Things escalated, when a mob of Dutch people protested on large scale in Rotterdam, and started pelting stones at police forces and set ablaze a few vehicles during the procession. Police forces after a few unsuccessful attempts opened fire on protestors which left a few people with injuries and arrested 51 people in the process half of which are minors. The city`s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told reporters about the incident and expressed his grief on events that took place. The Netherlands is trying to curtail consecutive increases in covid cases since October which peaked at 21,000 cases on Friday. As per guidelines the bars, restaurants, and essential shops were asked to close shut by 8 p.m. and non-essential shops must shut by 6 p.m. The social gathering is also being limited to 4 people with orders to be in effect for three weeks. Similar backlashes were also seen in Austria in resistance to the national emergency declared by the government.
Citizens of Austria are currently countering the fourth wave of the covid surge in the country. Covid positive cases have been surging exponentially since mid-October and reached their all-time high of 15,800 positive cases on 19th November. Austria with a population of 80 lakhs and has registered 10 lakh positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 65% of its population being fully vaccinated. Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg passed the guidelines of a full lockdown in the country in effect from Monday 22 November, Alexander showed his concern about the country`s future and said he doesn`t want a fifth or sixth wave in the future he also addressed the anti-vaccination activists as irresponsible and enemies of national safety and announced the upcoming mandatory vaccine laws which will be in effect from February 1st which makes Austria become the first country in Europe to mandate vaccinations. The lockdown will remain in effect till December 13 after that, relaxations would be allowed to citizens who are being fully vaccinated. International tourism is suspended till further notice.
Germany has also been facing similar challenges for the last few days with the daily new cases reaching an all-time high of 57,302 cases on 19th November 2021, previously the highest record of daily new cases was in the second wave with 36,153 cases on 22nd December 2020. Germany has had about 98,000 casualties from covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and has also announced its plan to impose nationwide restrictions soon. Now that it is more than evident that almost all European countries are struggling from another wave of coronavirus How should India prepare itself for upcoming challenges? With the full vaccination rate of just 28%, a new strain of covid-19 is more likely to cause irreversible damages if not treated with precautions. India might not face the third wave as of now but things will surely escalate that too at a larger scale than before. At the peak of the second wave the country recorded 4,00,000 cases in one day, So how well will we be prepared in upcoming days of panic?
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