Rising cases of COVID-19 infections are once again a cause for concern in Europe, with countries like Poland, Czechia, Lithuania, and Slovenia witnessing an increase in cases. However, the mainstream media and wire agencies are not giving much coverage to these rising numbers. In many cases, the reported figures of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths by health authorities are not reliable and do not reflect the actual situation. The number of infections and hospitalizations are often much higher than reported. This lack of accurate reporting is hindering public awareness and understanding of the true extent of the pandemic.
For example, in Czechia, the reported figures for new infections, deaths, and hospitalizations are misleading. A simple check with a small sample of hospitals revealed that the actual numbers were higher, and the number of outpatients diagnosed with COVID-19 was rising exponentially. However, the local media in Czechia has not been covering the situation adequately.
Germany is also facing a dire situation, with approximately 7.1 million Germans currently sick due to various respiratory infections. The impact of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses is significant and needs attention.
In France, a more transmissible variant, JN.1, which is an offspring of the BA.2.86 variant, is causing a rise in infections and hospitalizations. However, local authorities are not disclosing the true daily figures and are downplaying the severity of the variant.
In the United Kingdom, the focus seems to be more on the COVID-19 response inquiry and the actions of Boris Johnson, rather than the actual situation on the ground. COVID-19 reporting has been dismantled, and data from government agencies are unreliable and manipulated. Testing is at its lowest, and the supply of rapid antigen test kits is limited. The true extent of the COVID-19 situation in the country is unknown, but excess mortality rates are steadily rising.
There are even claims in some parts of Europe, possibly influenced by political pressure, that COVID-19 infections and flu cases are down due to higher climate temperatures this autumn and winter. However, it is important to note that climate temperatures do not have a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19, as evidenced by the rising cases in Australia during their summer season.
While there may be some relief in the fact that immediate high death rates from infections of new SARS-CoV-2 variants and sub-lineages are not as prevalent, it is important to remember that vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, obese individuals, those with existing comorbidities, the immunocompromised, and those with specific genetic makeups, are still at a higher risk.
It is crucial to stay informed about the evolving situation of COVID-19 and its impact on different regions. Accurate reporting and transparency from health authorities are essential for public safety and effective control of the pandemic. Further updates on the situation will be provided in due course.