Europe tries to control the latest spike in Covid-19 cases

DOCTORS AND NURSES OF THE INTENSIVE CARE HOSPITAL, FIGHTING COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN PESARO - ITALY. THEY ARE PORTRAITED AT THE END OF THEIR LONG WORKSHIFT. 12 HOURS WITH NO DRINK AND NO TOILETBREAK, DUE TO THE PROTECTIVE SUIT THEY WEAR. THE SIGNS ON THEIR FACE ARE CAUSED BY THE MASKS THEY HAVE TO WEAR TO PROTECT THEMSELFES FROM COVID VIRUS. IN THE PICTURE: Annalisa Silvestri, Doctor anaesthetist

As more European countries see record death and infections from the coronavirus, various countries are reimposing curfews, partial lockdowns and other restrictions on public life to slow a second wave of COVID-19.

As of Sunday 5 905 285 cases have been reported in the EU/EEA and the UK.

Greece introduced mandatory wearing of masks everywhere Saturday, as the country keeps breaking records for new daily cases of the coronavirus.

The curfew measure exempts night-shift workers, journalists and emergency incidents, but these workers must be able to provide an employer’s permit, or an Ergani platform certificate if freelancing.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 8,685 to 437,866, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by 24 to 10,056, the tally showed.

In Spain the Cabinet approved a new national state of alarm for the country, aimed at giving Spain’s regional governments the legal framework they need to limit mobility – in particular nighttime socialising – in a bid to combat the second wave of the coronavirus.

Britain‘s government is looking at how long those exposed to COVID-19 need to quarantine, Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis told Sky News on Sunday, commenting on reports that the self-isolation period could be reduced from 14 days.

The Czech government will almost certainly have to tighten its anti-coronavirus measures again as current curbs have not halted a surge in infections, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said. Meanwhile. the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he had a “general malaise” after testing positive for coronavirus and would stay at home for now for any treatment.

The Danish government on Friday announced a ban on evening alcohol sales and tightened the cap on public gatherings. Alcohol sales will from Monday be banned after 10 p.m. — a measure that will be maintained until January 2.

On Saturday, Poles were asked to stay home and help elderly people as the country entered a “red zone” lockdown. The new measures stipulate a two-week closure of primary schools, restaurants, fitness clubs and other establishments. Under the restrictions, restaurants will only be able to serve takeaway meals. 

Slovakia‘s pilot testing in coronavirus hotspots attracted tens of thousands people over the weekend, showing an infection rate of 3.87%, government data showed.