As a new year begins, restrictions to fight the coronavirus are still more than present in many countries. Update on health measures in different European countries.
En Europe as everywhere in the world, the new year is starting under pressure on the health plan: from Copenhagen to Athens, many countries are tightening restrictions on the coronavirus.
Denmark, where 86 cases of the new British variant have been recorded, is considering tightening restrictions for fear of an explosion in cases.
Among our French neighbors, six million inhabitants of eastern France are seeing the advanced curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from this Saturday, due to a worrying resurgence of the epidemic.
Generally respected in the country, the curfew was however challenged in the west of France, in the small Breton town of Lieuron, where a wild rave party illegally brought together 2,500 “chirkers” who arrived Thursday evening from all over the country but also from abroad.
After giving rise to clashes with the gendarmes, the rave did not end until Saturday morning, the police fining the revelers who left the premises. Two people were taken into custody. The authorities invited the participants to observe a quarantine of seven days and to be tested.
As for Italy, it gave up on Saturday to open its ski resorts as planned from next week. “It turns out that the conditions are not met”, recognized the authorities. Andorra has chosen to open its stations, but for its residents only.
In Spain, the Catalan police also put an end to a wild rave party on Saturday, which this time brought together 300 people near Barcelona despite the bans.
In Gibraltar, a new two-week lockdown is imposed this Saturday, due to a doubling of cases in one month for which the new variant of the virus identified in the United Kingdom is suspected.
“The behavior of the virus, with such massive contamination, suggests that we are dealing with the new, more contagious variant,” Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said.
Greece is extending its strict confinement until January 10: non-essential travel prohibited, shops closed except food stores and pharmacies.
The country’s epidemiological situation “will be assessed again during the second week of January,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said.