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northernirelandworld.com 12 Jan, 2022 10:15 am

Spain pushes EU to downgrade Covid to ‘flu-like’ status as fatality rate drops

Spain pushes EU to downgrade Covid to ‘flu-like’ status as fatality rate drops
Spain could become the first European country to downgrade Covid-19 to a ‘flu-like’ status, after seeing fatality rates drop.

Spain could become the first European country to downgrade Covid-19 to a ‘flu-like’ status (Photo: Getty Images) Spain could become the first European country to downgrade Covid-19 to a ‘flu-like’ status, after seeing fatality rates drop.The push to downgrade Covid-19 to flu-like status is expected to be met with resistance from both Germany and France where vaccine uptake remains low.The calls to downgrade Covid-19 to flu-like status in Spain comes amid claims that the UK is the closest of any country in the northern hemisphere to exiting the pandemic.He added: “That means immunity against serious illness and death after infection if one is vaccinated, or after re-infection if one has had illness before, and that population immunity seems to be keeping the virus and its variants at bay, not causing serious illness or death in countries where population immunity is high.

“I looked at the ONS (Office for National Statistics) most recent report on population immunity and they estimated about 95% of the population in England, and a little less than in other parts of the United Kingdom, do have antibodies to infection either from vaccination or from natural infection.“And probably, in the UK, it’s the closest to any country of being out of the pandemic if it isn’t already out of the pandemic and having the disease as endemic as the other four coronaviruses.

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