Belgium, Spain … European countries are implementing new restrictions as Christmas approaches

People line up to buy Christmas lottery tickets on December 20, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.

Two days before Christmas, on Wednesday, December 22, Europe tightens controls to deal with the rise of the Omicron variant. A variation “In the process of dominating or already dominating many countries, including Denmark, Portugal and the United Kingdom”, According to the WHO, and its high level of infection can have serious consequences at the joint level – contaminants can explode spontaneously and lead to an increase in the number of patients admitted to hospital.

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  • Theaters and theaters in Belgium were closed

Prime Minister Alexander de Groo announced at a news conference on Wednesday that theaters and theaters in Belgium would be closed from Sunday in order to prevent the spread of the Omigron variant.

Fearing extra restrictions, cafes and restaurants will remain open until 11pm on holidays, as they were in early December. Museums were not affected by the new measures.

  • Outside of Spain it is again mandatory to wear a mask

The government announced on Wednesday that masking is mandatory again outside Spain, where the number of Covid-19 cases has exploded, reaching a record 50,000 cases in 24 hours.

The text does not specify when the measure will take effect, but an extraordinary cabinet met on Thursday to approve the ordinance, so it would be useful to wear a mask in the open for Christmas, which always arises. Important meetings. Another step in the future mandate: the validity period of the vaccine will be established from 1.There is Nine months after the last dose date of February 2022.

In recent weeks, many parts of Spain have called for tougher health measures. Some, like Catalonia, are calling for a return to tougher restrictions, such as curfews.

  • The United Kingdom has crossed the 100,000 mark in twenty-four hours, but is easing its protocol for people cured of Govt-19.

For the first time since the outbreak, the UK recorded more than 100,000 contaminants in twenty-four hours on Wednesday, as the outbreak of the Omigron variant led to two days of new restrictions in some regions. Christmas.

Faced with this skyrocketing outbreak of the epidemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday. “I will not hesitate” The introduction of more control measures than the wearing of the mask and the recommendation of the telecommunications mission is currently in effect, but has decided to delay.

For now, the government announced on Wednesday that the period of isolation in the UK for those vaccinated against Govt-19 will be reduced to ten to seven days. Those who underwent two negative antigenic tests on the sixth and seventh days can now come out of isolation. According to the government, more people can celebrate Christmas with their families without the risk of the virus spreading.

  • Sweden demands a negative test for all travelers

Sweden announced on Wednesday that it would impose restrictions on entry into its territory, even if vaccinated, to present a negative Covit-19 test from December 28 for travelers from other EU countries. . However, children under the age of 12 and travelers living in Sweden or in Sweden are not affected by this obligation.

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The other seven EU member states – Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus, Latvia, Italy, Greece and Austria – already need a negative test, even for those vaccinated by the EU, Finland announced on Tuesday evening that it would do so.

Denmark wants to follow through with its parliamentary agreement, the government announced on Wednesday.

According to the European Commission, the need for a negative test in the EU should be noted, time-bound and proportionate. “We understand that some member states are taking action, but (…) We do not believe it’s very useful for travel, and we still think the certificate should be adequate. “, Said Commissioner Didier Reinders.

World with AFP