The European countries are imposing new rules on Covid-19 protection

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The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has said that the epidemic situation is very worrying in many EU countries. Some new limitations are imposed. About two million people who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid have been placed in partial lockdown in Austria. They are allowed to leave their homes only for work, food shopping or emergencies, according to the new mandate beginning Monday. The measures are expected to remain in place for 10 days. “We really didn’t take this step lightly, and I don’t think it should be talked down,” Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told Ö1 radio, which called the move a dramatic step. A similar lockdown has been imposed in the capital of Germany, Berlin. “Our vaccination rate is still under 75% of the German population,” said Dr. Christine Falk, president of the German Society for Immunology.

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The Czech government is considering several options of stricter rules for people who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19, according to outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Babis. New cases and hospitalizations are rising again in the Czech Republic, which suffered one of the deadliest outbreaks in the world this spring. The Netherlands confirmed the partial lockdown for three weeks from Saturday (November 13), and also requires restaurants, bars and essential shops such as supermarkets to close at 20:00. Non-essential shops must shut at 18:00. France could follow suit and impose stricter restrictions on non-vaccinated people. Anyone traveling into France aged 12 and over must now be vaccinated, or show a negative PCR or lateral flow test. A negative Covid test taken within 24 hours is now needed at the border with Belgium. But economy Minister Bruno Le Maire told the country “must absolutely avoid a new lockdown”.