Austria awaits lockdown for unvaccinated decision on Sunday

Updates: 12.11.2021 22:30

Berlin / Amsterdam / Moscow – European countries hit by another violent wave of the covid-19 pandemic further tightening measures and imposing travel restrictions. Austria is probably waiting for a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated, the form of which will be decided on Sunday. The Netherlands will return to partial closure from Saturday, where the government has decided to limit the opening hours of shops and restaurants and recommends working from home. Germany announced today that it will consider the Czech Republic an epidemically high-risk area with effect from Sunday.

Germany at list epidemically high-risk areas have been newly included in the Czechia, but also in Austria. The stricter epidemic assessment will complicate travel, especially for the unvaccinated, who will be required to quarantine. However, the obligation to insulate will not apply to short journeys not exceeding 24 hours or to daily commutes for work and study. However, unvaccinated commuters commuting to Germany will have to be tested twice a week.

The epidemic situation in Germany is deteriorating, with the federal states of Saxony, Thuringia and Bavaria being the most affected. The weekly incidence there has risen for the fifth day in a row and is currently at 264, in the Czech Republic this indicator reached 614 and climbed even higher in Austria, where it is at 779.

Free testing, which ended in mid-October, has been resuming in Germany since Saturday. After its reintroduction, experts called, according to which it turned out that the need to pay for tests from one’s own pocket does not motivate people to an increased degree to vaccinations.

Austria is likely to face a blanket lockdown for people without 19-covid vaccinations, a decision to be made on Sunday, according to Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg. Restrictions on movement for people who are not vaccinated or covid have not been implemented will take effect on Monday in Upper Austria, bordering the South Bohemian Region and in Salzburg. These people will be able to leave home only on the way to work, to buy essentials and for medical walks. The police will check them at random.

In Austria, 40 people have died in the last day from the covid-19 infection, the highest since April 20. Almost 11,800 new infections were added. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein announced today that he wants to order compulsory covid-19 vaccination for health professionals and care workers.

In the Netherlands, the daily balance of positive tests exceeded 16,000 for the second time in a row. Deaths from covid-19 paramedics report the most since March. Because of this, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced today that the country will introduce stricter anti-epidemic measures for at least three weeks. For example, the government has ordered that private visits to households should be limited with immediate effect so that a maximum of four more people are allowed to come at one time. The opening hours of shops and restaurants will also be shortened, and sports matches will be without spectators. Employers should make it possible to work from home as much as possible.

In Slovakia, after a significant worsening of the epidemic situation in recent weeks, the interest of the population in vaccination is increasing. In the last seven days, 17,902 first doses of covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Slovakia, which has five million. This is the highest number of newly vaccinated per week during the current third wave of coronavirus infection. The Slovak Parliament has today decided that the authorities will be able to order that the entry of employees into companies and customers into operations be conditional on the presentation of a covid certificate in particular. Newly, they will face fines of up to 1,500 euros (37,900 crowns) for insults or insults of paramedics.

Today, Denmark has renewed electronic covid passports, which people have to prove when entering restaurants, nightclubs or cafés, due to rising daily increases in coronavirus infections. While in mid-September there were about 200 infections in the country of almost six million a day, now there are 2,000 to 3,000 infections.

In Russia today, after a relative decline in the number of new cases at the beginning of the week, the reported increase in new infections rose to over 40,000 the second day in a row. Tests have revealed 40,123 infections. The previous day, 1235 patients with covid-19 had died.

The pandemic has brought increased use of disposable plastic items, such as protective equipment for healthcare professionals, but also materials used to deliver food or other goods. In a year and a half, the pandemic has produced approximately 8.4 million tons of related plastic waste, according to a study published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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