Covid in Europe: Austria Extends Lockdown as Portugal Tightens Restrictions

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Covid in Europe: Austria Extends Lockdown as Portugal Tightens Restrictions

COVID- A new wave of 19 cases has hit Europe; here’s how each nation has responded.

Across Europe, measures range from a countrywide shutdown in Austria to modest limitations in the UK.

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Concerns about the Omicron novel type found in South Africa have triggered travel restrictions throughout Europe.

The WHO predicted 700,000 COVID-19 fatalities across Europe and Central Asia by March 1.

Here is an update on various European nations.

Germany

On December 2, German legislators will debate new COVID-19 regulations that may result in bar closures.

It comes after a top German court affirmed government-imposed COVID-19 infection control regulations. The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that curfews and school closures were constitutional.

Germany reported around 67,000 new cases in 24 hours on Wednesday.

Austria

Austria’s lockdown has been prolonged until December 11 as anticipated, helping to reduce a high coronavirus infection rate.

Starting Thursday, essential establishments that were permitted to operate until 9 p.m. must shut by 7 p.m. (December 2).

The nation announced the lockdown on Monday (November 22), becoming the first EU member to do so.

Vaccination will likewise be mandatory from February 1, according to Conservative Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.

Austrian authorities said on November 17 that visitors must have a negative PCR test. Previously, lateral flow test findings were acceptable.

Greece

Increasing incidences of COVID-19 prompted Greek legislators to make it obligatory for anyone over 60.

Around 17% of Greeks over 60 are unvaccinated.

They face a €100 punishment if they don’t obtain the immunization before January 16.

Portugal

On Wednesday, Portugal reimposed pandemic restrictions to stem a fresh infection wave.

Face masks are now essential, and the government has increased border controls.

Restaurants, theatres, and hotels demand digital proof of immunization or recovery from COVID-19.

Portugal has a high immunization rate, with 86 percent of the population completely protected.

Denmark has had a record number of COVID-19 infections, with 5,120 in the previous 24 hours.

The health authorities announced on November 26 that younger age groups’ immunity was also eroding.

Due to an upsurge in incidents, Denmark restored its digital pass on November 12.

A valid permit is required to visit nightclubs, cafés, and restaurants until mid-December.

UK

Following the spread of the Omicron variety, UK scientists recommend that all adults get a COVID-19 booster shot.

The new variant’s high mutation count is alarming experts worldwide, since it may impact not just transmissibility but also vaccination efficacy.

According to Wei Shen Lim, head of a UK government subcommittee on vaccines, all individuals aged 18-34 should now be included in the booster program.

Belgium

In an attempt to reduce COVID-19 instances, Belgium has shuttered nightclubs and mandated remote work. As of Friday (November 26), pubs and restaurants must close at 11 p.m.

No private meetings are allowed save for weddings or funerals.

After reimposing tighter pandemic laws this week, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said his nation has seen an increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations significantly worse than expected.

The spike surpassed “the most gloomy curves” created by specialists last week, he added.

Netherlands

From 17:00 to 05:00, all non-essential shops, including pubs and restaurants, must close.

People must be seated 1.5m apart in hospitality and cultural events, which “reduces capacity,” the administration claimed.

Professional sporting activities are authorized between 17:00 and 05:00, but only with no spectators.

Czechia

A 30-day state of emergency was declared on Friday (November 26) due to record COVID-19 cases.

The government’s anti-COVID policies include banning all Christmas markets and public alcohol use, according to Health Minister Adam Vojtech. Bars, clubs, discos, and casinos must shut by 10 p.m.

The number of vaccinated or recovered COVID-19 attendees at cultural and sporting events is restricted to 1,000. All other public events now allow 100 people instead of 1,000.

Slovakia

Following a surge in COVID-19 cases, Slovakia issued a 90-day state of emergency and a two-week lockdown.

The restrictions, which include shutting all non-essential shops, pubs, and restaurants, are supposed to support the beleaguered healthcare system.

Only 45.3% of the 5.5 million people are properly immunized.

France

France is tightening its admission requirements. From Saturday (December 4), all non-EU immigrants must submit a negative COVID test within 48 hours, even if vaccinated.

On December 1, the nation recorded 49,610 new cases, up from 47,177 the day before. The weekly average has increased by approximately 50%. “The situation in the nation is deteriorating,” says Health Minister Olivier Véran.

Adults will require a booster shot at least seven months after their first vaccination starting on January 15. People over 65 will require one starting mid-December to renew their health passes.

The latest numbers show that 76.8% of France’s 67.4 million individuals are completely vaccinated.

Italy

The Italian government banned unvaccinated persons from some leisure activities on Wednesday (November 24) to combat growing coronavirus infections and avert debilitating lockdowns.

To dine at indoor restaurants, go to the cinema, or watch sports events, you must provide evidence of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 before December 6. A “enhanced” or “super green” pass requires more than simply a negative test result.

Vaccinations are now required for law enforcement, military, and education staff. Previously, only health care professionals needed immunizations.

Due to high infections and poor immunizations, 20 villages in South Tyrol will have a COVID-19 curfew starting Wednesday (November 24).

Passengers on public transport must use an FFP2 mask.

Russia

However, daily mortality from coronavirus remains high.

On Tuesday (November 30), there were 31,000 new illnesses and 1,195 fatalities.

In October, cases soared because to poor vaccination rates and loose public attitudes. Even though Russia authorized a COVID-19 vaccine months before the rest of the globe, just 40% of its 146 million people have been completely immunized.

Sweden

A health permit will be needed for any event with over 100 persons starting December 1.

The COVID pass, which certifies that the bearer has been properly vaccinated, tested negative in the last 72 hours, or recovered from the illness in the last six months, has only been used in Sweden.

On November 1, the government decided to cease checking fully vaccinated persons.

Ireland

Those traveling from abroad must have a negative test result as well as being vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19. The government started suggesting face masks for kids.

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Due to rising infection rates and hospital pressures, Ireland imposed 19 restrictions on Thursday (November 18). People were advised to work from home unless “absolutely essential”.

Cinemas and theatres will now need COVID-19 cards, and all non-licensed establishments, including hotels, will close at midnight.

Ukraine

Unvaccinated governmental officers and social workers will be sacked starting December 9.

To encourage vaccination, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on November 16 that people who take two doses of the vaccine would be paid 1,000 hryvnias (about 33 euros).

The percentage of persons who got both doses varies widely, ranging from 20 to 28%.

In a referendum on Sunday, Swiss voters overwhelmingly passed the so-called COVID-19 legislation (November 28).

The law contains a pandemic recovery package and the disputed COVID certificate.

This health permit, like many others in Europe, only allows those who have been vaccinated, recovered, or tested negative to attend public events.

Bulgaria

Vaccination rates are still low in Bulgaria, at about a quarter of the population.

On December 1, there were 2,681 new cases and 128 fatalities.

COVID-19 has hospitalized 6,470 individuals, including 717 in ICUs.

Romania

Romania, like Bulgaria, had a rise in cases in October, but the number has dropped dramatically since then.

Croatia

A weekend protest in Zagreb against harsher COVID restrictions came after the government approved required COVID permits for government and public workers, including teachers.

The four million-strong country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the EU, with just 53% of the population getting at least one shot and only 57% of the 3.3 million adults completely immunized.

Latvia

From December 15, workers must produce a COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate.

Unvaccinated or COVID-19-infected people are permitted in grocery stores, pharmacies, and other stores.