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Europe imposes restrictions. Germany described the Czech Republic as having a high epidemic risk

Germany recently added the Czech Republic, as well as Austria, to the list of high-risk areas for epidemics. A more rigorous epidemiological assessment will complicate travel, especially for the unvaccinated, who will be required to quarantine. However, the obligation to isolate will not apply to short trips that do not exceed 24 hours, or to daily commute to work and study. However, non-vaccinated travelers who travel to Germany should be tested twice a week.

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

Free tests, which ended in mid-October, have been resumed in Germany since Saturday. After it was reintroduced, experts called, accordingly, it turns out that the need to pay for tests out of one’s own pocket does not motivate people to a greater degree for vaccinations.

Austria is likely to face a blanket lockdown of people who have not been vaccinated against the covid-19 virus, a decision that will be made on Sunday, according to Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg. Restrictions on the movement of people who have not been vaccinated or not implemented Covid will take effect on Monday in Upper Austria, on the borders with the region of South Bohemia and Salzburg. These people will only be able to leave the house on their way to work, to buy necessities and for medical walks. The police will check them randomly.

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In Austria, 40 people died on the last day of infection with covid-19, the highest number since April 20. Nearly 11,800 new infections have been added. Health Minister Wolfgang Mokstein announced today that he wants to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health workers and healthcare workers.

In the Netherlands, the daily balance of positive tests exceeded 16,000 for the second time in a row. The most deaths from covid-19 have been reported by paramedics since March. For this reason, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced today that the country will introduce more stringent anti-epidemic measures for at least three weeks. For example, the government has ordered the restriction of private visits to families with immediate effect so that four other people are allowed to attend at one time. The opening hours of shops and restaurants will also be shortened, and sports matches will be without an audience. Employers should make it possible to work from home as much as possible.

In Slovakia, after the epidemiological situation has significantly deteriorated in recent weeks, the population’s interest in vaccination is growing. In the past seven days, 17,902 first doses of covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Slovakia, which has a total of five million doses. This is the largest number of new vaccinations per week during the current third wave of coronavirus infections. Today, the Slovak parliament decided that the authorities will be able to order that employees’ entry into companies and customers in operations be conditional on the submission of a COVID certificate in particular. Recently, they will face fines of up to 1,500 euros (37,900 kroner) for insults or humiliations of the paramedics.

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

In Russia today, after a relative decrease in the number of new cases at the beginning of the week, the reported increase in new infections rose to more than 40 thousand for the second day in a row. Tests revealed 40,123 infections. The day before, 1,235 patients with coronavirus had died.

The pandemic has led to increased use of single-use plastics, such as protective equipment for healthcare professionals, but also items used to deliver food or other goods. Within a year and a half, the pandemic generated nearly 8.4 million tons of related plastic waste, according to a study published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.