Faced with the grim prospect of another Covid-19 massacre in Europe, several countries are reacting quickly and strongly. Slovakia has just approved a two-week national lockdown.
The health restrictions that will come into force on Friday will apply to everyone, vaccinated or not.
People will only be able to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as buying food, going to work or school, or getting vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people will need to be tested to go to work, unless they are cured of Covid-19.
Eduard Heger, the Slovak Prime Minister hopes: “If such harsh containment is not effective, then it will be a phenomenon all over the world.”
Slovakia’s actions are in line with warnings from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, which has called on member states to act urgently after the WHO alarm bells fearing the deaths of 700 000 more people by the spring. The stake is also systemic, it is necessary to avoid that the hospitals are overwhelmed in December and January.
The Netherlands are due to announce new anti-Covid measures this Friday. They just reported more than 23,700 new cases, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic.
Italy has already tightened the screw. To push for vaccination, the government decided that unvaccinated people could no longer have access to restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs and sports halls. He also made the vaccine compulsory for other categories of public sector workers such as teachers. And the third booster dose is open to those over 40.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi justified these preventive measures:
“We are seeing a very serious situation outside of Italy in the countries which are our neighbors, we are also seeing that our situation in Italy is deteriorating, slowly but surely.”
Even in Portugal, where 87% of the population is already vaccinated, the government has pledged to administer the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a quarter of the population by the end of January to deal with this “epidemic storm”.
France must announce new anti-Covid-19 measures this Thursday at midday tending towards an “acceleration” of vaccination, “strengthening of the health pass” and “strengthening of barrier measures” such as wearing a mask.