Slovak government plans new lockdown

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Slovakia will soon face a new lockdown because the number of new coronavirus infections has recently risen again rapidly. This was confirmed yesterday by Interior Minister Roman Mikulec after a six-hour meeting of the National Crisis Management Team in Bratislava. The government wants to announce further details today.

Schools in Slovakia were already closed to all students over ten years of age, restaurants were not allowed to admit guests, and food and drinks could only be sold for take-away or outdoor consumption.

However, most stores were allowed to remain open under strict conditions. For days, experts have been recommending a “real lockdown” with the closure of all stores except those for food and other essential goods.

Switzerland wants tighter restrictions
The Swiss government also wants to enforce stricter restrictions nationwide in view of the rising number of infections. Currently, containment measures fall under the jurisdiction of the cantons and vary widely. Starting on December 12, restaurants, stores, markets and recreational facilities are to close at 19.00 hours.

Public events with the exception of religious celebrations are to be prohibited and all cultural activities are to be prohibited. In addition, the number of participants in private events is to be limited to five people from two households. For celebrations on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, ten people should be allowed.

Netherlands extend restrictions
Meanwhile, the Netherlands are extending restrictions over the holidays in view of the continuing high coronavirus infection rates. His government had hoped for more, says conservative-liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte, “but things are not going well” with regard to new infections and hospital capacity utilization. At the same time, higher financial support for restaurants and bars is being considered.

According to the health authorities, 43,103 people were infected with the coronavirus in the week to date, a good quarter more than in the previous week. A partial lockdown has been in effect in the Netherlands since 13 October.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies, picture: pixabay.com

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