(COUNCIL) European countries are once again stepping up measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus


In light of the deteriorating epidemiological picture in several European countries, stricter measures have been in place since Saturday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Unlike spring, this time most countries are taking measures for individual areas where infections are most prevalent.

In neighboring Italy, in the northern province of Lombardy, which is facing a second wave of a new coronavirus epidemic, bars were further restricted on Saturday, group amateur sports banned and schools called for a combination of classroom and distance learning.

Lombardy became the first outbreak of a new coronavirus pandemic in Europe in February, but among the most affected is currently the southern province of Campania, where, among other things, they ordered a two-week school closure and banned parties and funeral processions.

Due to the resumption of the situation, the government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to introduce stricter measures at the national level on Sunday evening. Bars could close at 9pm and restaurants at 11pm. As early as Saturday, however, the government decided to expand work from home.

Nearly 11,000 new infections and 47 deaths from covid-19 were reported from Italy on Saturday. The infections were also confirmed in 18 members of the lower house of the Italian parliament, and 80 deputies who were in contact with them had to go into domestic quarantine. They also had to cancel all votes in the Chamber of Deputies next week.

Stricter measures have been in place since Saturday in the Austrian federal state of Salzburg, where all private celebrations and meetings are banned. All events that do not have a specific seating order, including those outdoors, are also prohibited.

In the face of deteriorating conditions, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz today called on citizens to stick together to keep the number of infections low. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and thus restore the complete cessation of public life, it is important to limit contact and wear protective masks, he warned.

On Saturday, they confirmed that Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg had tested positive for the new coronavirus. According to his representative, there is a suspicion that he became infected at Monday’s meeting with European colleagues in Luxembourg. Therefore, all members of the Austrian government were tested preventively, but all of them were negative.

In France, meanwhile, a state of emergency is being reintroduced, allowing the government to impose stricter measures to contain the virus. Paris, Marseille and seven other more endangered cities will now have a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am. The measure is expected to be in force for four weeks.

In the British capital, London, and several other areas in England, collection restrictions are even stricter. Among other things, it is forbidden for members of different households to socialize indoors. A maximum of six people can socialize outdoors, and pubs and restaurants must close their doors at 10 p.m.

From Monday, stricter measures will also be in force in Belgium. Due to the rapid increase in infections in the country, the local government decided on Friday to close bars and restaurants for four weeks, and a curfew will be in force between midnight and five in the morning.

Belgium is one of the worst affected European countries in the pandemic and has already listed a total of more than 10,300 covida-19 deaths. A record 8271 infections in a single day were reported on Thursday. Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes is also infected with the coronavirus.

In Germany, it was reported on Saturday that 7,830 new coronavirus infections had been recorded in the last 24 hours, surpassing the record from the day before by listing 7,334 by almost 500. As fast as these days, the virus has been spreading in Germany since the pandemic has not yet spread.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has again called on citizens to help stem the pandemic and refrain from any unnecessary travel and celebrations in the face of deteriorating conditions. The German authorities also expanded the list from the point of view of covid-19 risky areas and included three more Slovenian regions – southeastern Slovenia, Pomurska and Podravska.

In Poland, in red areas, including the capital Warsaw and most major cities, gathering is limited to ten people. In secondary schools and universities, distance learning takes place. Restaurants and bars will have to close at 9pm, weddings are prohibited.

In Poland, on Saturday, the highest number of new infections with the new coronavirus on a daily basis was confirmed, 9622. 11,105 cases of infection were reported from the Czech Republic. A record number of new infections were recorded in our eastern neighbor Hungary on Saturday – 1,791 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

In Slovakia, where 1968 new cases of the infection were reported on Saturday, they plan to test all people over the age of ten for the coronavirus, Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced. Testing is scheduled to take place over the next two weekends.

In Croatia, 819 new cases of new coronavirus infection have been recorded in the past 24 hours, slightly less than the day before they were confirmed in 1096. Eight people have died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters announced today.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), there have been almost 4.8 million confirmed infections in the European Economic Area, comprising 27 EU members and three of the four members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). coronavirus and 200,587 covid-19-related deaths. ECDC data also include the United Kingdom.


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