European Countries Reimpose Restrictions As Covid-19 Cases Rise: All You Need To Know | World News

Europe has once again become the ‘epicenter’ of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, as new cases of the viral disease are increasing in several countries on the continent. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Union (EU) disease agency, 10 countries from the 27-member bloc are facing a situation of “great concern”.

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The latest surge in infections has prompted European governments to reintroduce restrictions or announce new ones.

This is what countries are doing to control the situation:

(1.) Holland: A three-week partial lockdown, the first in Western Europe since the summer, will take effect from Saturday. Restaurants and stores will have to close early, while sporting events will be held without fans being able to attend.

(2.) Germany: Starting Saturday, free Covid-19 tests will be reintroduced in the country. Likewise, measures such as the mandatory use of masks and social distancing in public spaces will remain in force until March of next year.

(3.) Austria: The Austrian government is expected to decide and announce on Sunday whether a lockdown will be applied for those who have yet to take a hit from Covid-19.

(4.) Norway: All Norwegians over the age of 18 will be offered a booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine. This is in addition to those 65 and older who are already being offered a booster dose. In addition, municipalities will have the option of using ‘digital crown passes’.

(5.) Italy: Starting December 1, the Italian government will also offer a booster dose for citizens aged 40 and over. Measures like indoor spacing, masks, and vaccination mandates are also essential.

(6.) Latvia: The Latvian parliament on Friday voted in favor of a proposal to ban legislators who refuse to be vaccinated from voting. A four-week lockdown, which was imposed in mid-October, is already one of the least vaccinated countries in the EU.

(7.) Iceland: For the second time since early November, Iceland announced on Friday a further tightening of its Covid-19 rules. Public gatherings have been limited to 50 instead of the previous 500, while swimming pools and sports venues can operate with a maximum seating capacity of 75%.

(With input from Reuters)

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