Towns located on the shores of France and Spain are now facing new outburst pockets as young people fill the beaches and bars located on or near them, ignore the rules of distance and get stuck. Thousands of young Europeans recently gathered for an illegal dance party in a Berlin park, ignoring police efforts to evacuate them.
Authorities in Europe are reprimanding Generation Z and Millenniums for what they see as disregarding the public health and safety rules of older, vulnerable to the plague. Young people on the other hand say they are tired of keeping to strict social alienation rules, after spending most of the spring months in a home closure.
“We were careful about itFirst, and then less, “says Marie-Leah Tron, a 23-year-old student from Paris. Next to her grandparents, she says, she often washes her hands, wears a mask and keeps her distance, but with young people her age she is without a mask and social distance has long since become For something that is thought of in retrospect.
From 20 to 25 July, the incidence of corona cases among French people aged 20-29 was 19.6 per 100,000. In the general population, the prevalence was half that – 9.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in France, according to health authorities.
In Italy, the median age of new infections in the past month has dropped to about 40, from 60 during the April closure. Data from the Robert Koch Institute, the German Center for Disease Control, indicate a small increase in the number of young people who are positive about tests.
Health experts warn that many young people do not appear in the statistics because their symptoms are less severe than those of adults, so they do not tend to be tested, but young patients are also starting to appear in hospitals.
In Spain, where infections are rising at the fastest rate in Europe, young people aged 15-29 accounted for more than 27% of all cases in the country in July, compared to only 6% at the end of March. About 8% of all corona patients hospitalized in May to July belonged to this age group, compared to only 2.2% in March, according to data from the government-funded Carlos III Institute of Health.
In recent weeks, several golden age dormitories in France have undergone a regime of closure following the discovery of new cases at the residence. Bio permit for fear that young Europeans, who are Corona carriers, can also infect older people, who are more vulnerable to the disease.
“Gatherings of young people during this period is not a joke, but an act of risking public health,” said Kavim Tora, president of the province of Catalonia in Spain.
Get back to normal life
Although infections are on the rise, Europe is not experiencing a second wave of what is happening in the US. Italy, which was hit hard and early by the virus, does not record a significant increase in corona cases. Last week Germany recorded about 900 new cases a day compared to about 300 in April. Jumped to more than 1,000 cases a day, and Spain recently crossed the 2,000 new cases a day line.
The increase in the number of cases in the U.S., however, came when young people from Texas to Florida interpreted the repeal of stay-at-home provisions as a permit to renew their lives without restrictions. Epidemic experts say part of the increase in young people’s infection rates is due to more tests than before. In the U.S., asymptomatic or mild symptoms are more common in the U.S. than in March or April, when test availability increased.
For secret reasons
Europe has also expanded the tests, but health authorities in France say the rate of infections is much faster, especially among young adults. About 1.4% of the subjects get a positive result, compared to 0.8% a month ago.
Authorities in Europe are trying to overcome the outbreak through bans on gatherings and activity inside homes and buildings. While millions of young people obey the rules, millions more ignore them.
Secret parties are held throughout Germany almost daily, although clubs and bars in cities like Berlin have remained closed since the outbreak of the plague. The German capital allows gatherings of up to 1,000 people, under strict security measures.
Despite this, at a party held in the Heisenhade Park in Berlin on July 25, police estimated that over 3,000 people danced, drank and consumed soft drugs. Videos from the party show dozens of police officers with dogs, flashlights and megaphones calling on the crowd to disperse in the wee hours of Sunday. When police issued a second warning, a group of youths continued to dance in a circle.
“I know there’s still Corona, but we also need to make some life,” said Karin, an 18-year-old student who celebrated at a party Thursday night with dozens of other peers at Glazedreek Park.
The mask stays at home
In France, people entering a bar must wear a mask and keep their distance. This did not stop dozens of young people in early July from gathering every night at a bar in Kibbutz, a small coastal town in Brittany, on the Atlantic coast of France. They drank and danced until the bar closed and then continued to the beach to continue the celebration, according to local authorities.
A young man who used to come to a bar in Kibron fell ill and was found positive in a corona examination conducted shortly after the party. Authorities began conducting mass tests, finding 126 cases of infection, most of them aged 18-25. In Brittany – 45% of the new carriers on July 22-28 were aged 18-25.
“Many young people think the virus is on vacation, too,” said Kiboran deputy mayor Gilds Kuando.
Lucas Castan, a 31-year-old NGO worker, was drinking with friends on a Parisian terrace in mid-July when a bar owner invited them inside for a party. Dozens danced and drank, all without masks.
Castan showed no Corona symptoms, but he had to be tested before returning to work. The answer was not long in coming and he was shocked when the result was positive. He quickly moved out of the apartment where he was staying with a 70-year-old friend of his mother and isolated himself in an empty apartment. “I was wrong when I walked into that bar,” he said today.