When the incidence curve is growing rapidly, as is the burden on health care, the fastest way to even out the situation is to introduce restrictive measures, says the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Melita Vujnovic. write October 7 RIA Novosti.
“In recent weeks, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of cases not only in Russia, but in general in the WHO European Region. The virus was previously supplanted in Europe by restrictive measures, but was not defeated. The time has come when we must all learn to live with this virus and at the same time try to find a way to keep our societies as open as possible and to break any chains of transmission of the virus as quickly as possible and control the infection, ”said Vujnovic. She added that local epidemiological, medical and political authorities should jointly assess the situation and make decisions, taking into account the views of the population, health workers and business. Vujnovic promised that WHO would contribute and make recommendations.
Many European countries began to introduce new restrictive measures – both at the national level and at the level of regions and individual cities, writes L’OBS on October 7.
The Belgian government announced that from October 9 for a month, all bars and cafes in the country should be open until 23.00, the “social bubble” is reduced from five to three people, the number of guests at one table not only in public places, but also at home holidays is reduced to four people (not counting members of one family). The Brussels authorities have gone further – from October 8, all bars and cafes will be closed for at least a month, while restaurants will continue to work.
Quarantine measures are being tightened throughout Germany. From October 10 until the end of the month, restrictions are imposed on meetings: indoors – no more than 10 people (previously – 25), outdoors – no more than 50. In addition, bars, restaurants and convenience stores will have to close from 23.00 pm to 6 pm : 00 am. Earlier it became known that four federal states of Germany have introduced mandatory two-week quarantine for visitors from risk zones within the country: Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein.
The Spanish government has decided to close the capital – all residents of Madrid will no longer be able to enter or leave the city. Similar measures have been in place for a week in some areas of the metropolitan region most affected by the virus.
Since midnight Tuesday, Irish residents cannot leave their county of residence. Indoor festive events are canceled, church services are moving online, restaurants can only serve visitors on open terraces, employees are advised to switch to remote working hours, and to come to offices only when absolutely necessary.
So far, not so drastically, but still, restrictive measures are being tightened in Russia: in Moscow, pensioners and schoolchildren have been suspended free travel on public transport, the capital’s schools have gone on two-week vacations, and employers have been obliged to transfer at least 30% of employees to remote work. I switched to remote control and St. Petersburg. In the Stavropol Territory, a two-week quarantine is introduced for those arriving in the region from October 7, however, this does not apply to tourists.
At the same time, the Kremlin assures that a total lockdown is not being discussed in the country, and the issue of targeted imposition of restrictive measures is in the hands of the regional authorities.
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