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France

The country announced a second lockdown from October 30 after daily Covid-related deaths reached their highest levels since April. Because it has lasted for at least a month, its effect is limited: the number of new infections and hospital admissions decreased sharply at first, but increased sharply at the end of last week. Data showed the Ministry of Health

People are only allowed to leave the house for basic work and for medical reasons; Restaurants and bars are required to close, but schools and factories may remain open. All non-essential travel has been banned and the country’s external borders closed (although flights are still permitted within the European Union). Passengers must be tested on arrival.

Austria

Yesterday, Vienna ordered a three-week lockdown starting from Tuesday to control an increase in Covid-19 cases just in time for Christmas. Austria now has one of the highest per capita infection rates in Europe. There were 9,586 daily new cases on Friday, a record nine times higher than the peak of the first wave.

The current night curfew will become an all-day requirement to stay at home, with few exceptions like shopping or exercising. Work should be done from home wherever possible. Unnecessary stores and service providers such as hairdressers will be closed. High schools have already switched to distance learning; Primary schools and kindergartens will continue to provide childcare.

Germany



“Masks Needed for Protection”: A sign asking to wear face masks and referring to social distancing rules in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district earlier this month. Photo: David Ganon / AFP / Getty Images

Early this month, Germany A national “circuit breaker” shutdown has begun to try to stem the spike in cases, the shutdown of restaurants, bars, cinemas and gyms, and a ban on leisure travel. Schools remain open, worship and protests are still permitted.

But daily injuries continued to increase, hitting a record 23,542 on Friday, and officials tempered hopes of lifting restrictions at Monday’s meeting, when the impact of the lockdown will be discussed. The health minister said it was unlikely that winter events like Christmas parties would be allowed in offices.

Portugal

The country is experiencing a second wave, worse than the first, and in response, one of the strictest lockdowns has been implemented Europe, With nightly curfews and weekend closures in nearly 200 municipalities, home to more than three-quarters of the population. People have been urged to work from home if they can, although schools, stores and restaurants remain open. In affected areas, people should stay home from 11 PM to 5 AM, or 1 PM on the weekends.

The country recorded a relative decrease in the number of injuries amounting to 191,011 cases and 3,181 deaths, but the daily injuries last Saturday rose to more than 6,600.

Sweden

Masked man in Uppsala, Sweden, last month.



Masked man in Uppsala, Sweden, last month. Photo: TT News / Reuters

Since the beginning of the epidemic, Sweden Opt for a lightweight, anti-lock approach. There were hopes that this could mitigate the second wave by producing a higher level of immunity, but studies so far show the National Health Agency has been overly optimistic about antibody levels in the population. In recent days, infections and hospitalizations have spiked, and several regions have imposed stricter controls – despite people being required, but not legally obligated, to comply with most measures. On Friday, the country recorded 5,990 new cases, the highest rate since the beginning of the outbreak.

But stores, bars, restaurants and gyms have remained open all the time, and wearing face masks is still not an official recommendation outside of hospitals. The death rate per capita in the country is much higher than that of its northern neighbors, but it is lower than in countries like Spain.

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