The more contagious British variant "now accounts for about half of people infected with Covid-19 in France", PM Jean Castex said during a press conference on Thursday, news wires reported. He also said France could impose new measures including weekend lockdowns in Paris and 19 other departments in the country from early March if coronavirus cases continue to escalate.
France and Germany have agreed on tighter border controls, but for the moment the border will remain open despite fears in Germany of the spread of Covid virus variants from France's Moselle department, The Local France reported.
The Czech Republic must tighten measures to combat the pandemic and prevent a "catastrophe" in hospitals in the coming weeks as the country faces one of the world's highest Covid-19 infection and death rates, PM Andrej Babis said cited by Reuters.
Germany approved today three Covid-19 tests for home use as part of a strategy to seek way out of lockdown that has been in place since mid-December, news wires reported. The country’s leaders will meet next week to consider change of lockdown rules that run to 7 March.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced an extra €11 billion ($13.4 billion) package on Wednesday to help Spain’s small and mid-sized companies and the self-employed cope with the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hungary does not plan to start easing restrictions although vaccinations are speeding up, PM Viktor Orban said as the country started on Wednesday inoculating people with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, news wires reported.