Covid-19 measures

    • Bulgarian PM urges better mobilisation in coping with Covid-19 surge

      Bulgarian PM urges better mobilisation in coping with Covid-19 surge

      During an online working meeting of the government on Monday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for better mobilisation in coping with the pandemic. He said, as quoted by the government information service, that each minister should be on the frontline in their area of work “unfailingly, so that the government, together with the Bulgarian people, act together like a fist against the pandemic”.

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    • Merkel: Coronavirus is more aggressive at lower temperatures

      Merkel: Coronavirus is more aggressive at lower temperatures

      The coronavirus reacts differently and more aggressively at lower temperatures and Germany has had to react with new restrictions on public life to protect its health system, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, quoted by Reuters. “We can’t allow this rapid spread of the virus to overwhelm our health system,” she told a news conference, saying the number of people with the coronavirus in intensive care units has doubled in the last 10 days.

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    • Portugal sets a partial lockdown

      Portugal sets a partial lockdown

      Portugal’s cabinet announced new lockdown measures, effective from Nov. 4 for most of the country, telling people to stay at home except for outings for work, school or shopping, and ordering companies to switch to remote working, Reuters reported.

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    • Johnson locks down England

      Johnson locks down England

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the country passed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service. The United Kingdom, which has the biggest official death toll in Europe from COVID-19, is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day and scientists have warned the “worst case” scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded, Reuters reported.

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    • New restrictions in Greece due to Covid-19

      New restrictions in Greece due to Covid-19

      A month-long programme will be implemented from Tuesday in Greece in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19, Greek City Times reported. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasized the need to “move precautionarily with a dynamic plan in November” in order to avoid a universal lockdown, which would affect the economy and society. He announced measures, aimed to reduce Covid-19 spread like use of face mask both indoors and outdoors; daily curfews from midnight to 5:00 in the morning, complete distance learning in universities and a ban for all gatherings.

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    • Belgium locks down amid new Covid-19 surge

      Belgium locks down amid new Covid-19 surge

      Belgium, home to the EU’s headquarters and NATO, announced tighter restrictions on social contacts and the closure for six weeks from Monday of businesses like hairdressers and shops which provide services not considered essential. It also extended November school holidays by an extra week, Reuters reported.

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