In Slovakia, they plan to test all people over the age of ten for the new coronavirus. Testing of about 5.5 million Slovaks will be free, but it is not yet known whether it will be mandatory or voluntary. 18 Italian MEPs are also infected. The Austrian prime minister called on citizens to prepare for “difficult autumn and winter”, for “extremely difficult times” with restrictions, urgent measures and cancellations. 20 million Frenchmen, however, spent the first night under curfew.
Testing time zones will be organized in alphabetical order so that citizens do not gather in large numbers in front of test stations. Testing will also be free, the Slovak prime minister announced Igor Matovic.
The government has been preparing for this venture for the past three weeks and has ordered about 13 million antibody tests to ensure quick results. “If we succeed in this, we will become an example to the whole world, “he added.
In recent days, as in other parts of Europe, high numbers of new coronavirus infections have been recorded in Slovakia. On Saturday, 1968 new infections were recorded in one day, and the day before 2075. Hospitals are already facing problems due to overcrowding.
A total of 28,268 infections have been reported in Slovakia since the onset of the new coronavirus, and 82 people have died from covid-19.
Infected 18 Italian MPs
In the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 18 deputies tested positive for the new coronavirus, and 80 deputies who were in contact with them are in domestic quarantine. All votes in the lower house of parliament next week were canceled.
The coronavirus hit the former prime minister’s opposition right-wing party Next Italy the hardest Silvio Berlusconi, who some time ago also fell ill with covid-19 and then recovered. Among the deputies who were positive is also the leader of the party’s parliamentary groupMaria Stella Gelmini.
The center-left parties have already called for the introduction of online voting. The proposal is currently under discussion.
There are a total of 630 members in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament.
More than 800 new infections in Croatia in the last day
In Croatia, 819 new cases of new coronavirus infection were recorded in the past 24 hours, which is slightly less than the day before 1096 were confirmed. Among the infected, 548 patients are treated in hospitals, of which 32 are connected to ventilators. Eight people died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said today. The number of actively infected in the country is currently 5,164, they added.
In Zagreb County, where a large increase in the number of infections has been recorded in recent days, 94 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. The number of actively infected is currently 755, the county’s public health institute said.
From 25 February this year, when the first case of infection was confirmed in Croatia, to date, 25,580 people have been infected with the new coronavirus in the country. Of these, 363 died. 20,053 were cured, of which 491 in the last 24 hours. There are currently 21,148 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 397,000 people have been tested, of which 4,948 in the past 24 hours.
Kurz urged Austrians to prepare for “demanding autumn and winter”
Austrian ChancellorSebastian Kurz however, due to the daily record high numbers of infected citizens, he called on citizens today to stick together to keep the number of infections low. To prevent the spread of the virus and thus re-complete closure, it is important to limit contact and wear protective masks, he warned.
It is up to all of us to prevent a complete halt to public life again – by limiting contact, giving up major private meetings and parties, the chancellor said in a video titled The situation in Austria is serious, posted on Facebook.
Due to the rapid increase in the number of people infected with the new coronavirus, the Austrian government will hold a consultation with the provincial heads of state via video conference on Monday morning regarding further measures.
Kurz warned citizens to prepare for“demanding autumn and winter”, on“extremely difficult times” with restrictions, emergency measures and cancellations. He estimated that a vaccine would be available next summer and thus a return to normalcy.
He also mentioned the obvious“fatigue”due to the new coronavirus triggering more and more conspiracy theories, all the way to calls for people to disregard the measures. He confirmed that a pandemic in a country of around 1,000 to 1,500 newly infected people a day is not yet a problem for intensive care. But the number of infections is growing exponentially, the numbers could double in three weeks. If they fail to stop this, Austria will have 6,000 new infections a day in December.
“The goal must be to prevent that.” by limiting contact and wearing protective masks, Kurz said.
On Saturday, they confirmed that the Austrian foreign minister had tested positive for the new coronavirus Alexander Schallenberg. 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.
Curfew in France and stricter measures in the UK
For about 20 million French people, including Parisians, however, it is the first night they have had to spend under curfew.
In the Paris region and eight other large French cities, due to the increasingly alarming spread of the new coronavirus, a curfew is in force from Saturday, which lasts from 9 pm to 6 am. It refers to areas where as much as a third of the French population lives. It will be valid for at least four weeks.
Some 12,000 police officers and gendarmes make sure that the strict new rules are followed. Violations carry a fine of 135 euros, but returnees who persistently reject the new rules could pay up to 3,750 euros.
In France, a two-week school holiday is starting these days, and any travel restrictions are not among the containment measures, so it promises that many families will “escape” from the cities, which means a lot of pressure on resort towns.
Even for millions of Britons, life began on Saturday under stricter restrictions than hitherto, as the areas where they live have moved to a higher rate under the new three-tier system due to the deteriorating epidemiological picture. This should bring more transparency and predictability to the adoption of anti-crown measures in England.
London and York are among the larger cities that now belong to the second – orange – level, while Lancashire has joined Liverpool in the highest – red – level. Authorities in London and local leaders are still arguing over Manchester’s ranking. The orange level means, among other things, a ban on meeting members of various households indoors, gathering a maximum of six people outdoors and closing bars and restaurants at 10 pm. The red level means a ban on meeting members of different households, both indoors and outdoors, and the closure of pubs, bars, gyms, bookmakers and casinos.