France and Poland have resumed partial lockdowns as both countries have struggled with a sharp rise in covid infections in recent weeks.
The country is at risk of a third wave as about 21 million people in 16 regions of France, including the capital Paris, have been affected.
Unnecessary shops, hotels, cultural and sports facilities in Poland are now closed for three weeks.
Kovid has the highest daily rate of cases in the country since November.
Coronavirus cases are also on the rise in Germany, with Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that the country may now need to apply an “emergency break” and re-impose a lockdown.
Covid waves are intense in Central Europe Why the EU vaccine problem? Vaccine rollouts across the European Union have been hampered by delayed deliveries, as well as suspensions for the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in several countries for possible side effects.
What is the situation in France and Poland? In France, a partial lockdown has been in effect since midnight on Friday.
Trains leaving Paris for certain parts of the country where lockdown restrictions do not apply, such as Brittany and Lyon, were fully booked hours before the system took effect.
There have been reports of traffic jams on several roads outside the capital.
The new restrictions are not as strict as the previous lockdown, allowing people outside to practice.
Non-essential businesses are closed, but schools are open if hairdressers follow a “specific sanitary protocol”.
More than 42.2 million infections have been reported since the onset of the outbreak in France, with approximately 92,000 covid-related deaths reported in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
In Poland, a three-week lockdown began on Saturday.
Polish health officials had earlier warned that nationwide sanctions were urgent because of the widespread British version of Kovid-19 in the country. The form now accounts for more than 60% of infections.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than two million people have been infected in Poland and about 49,000 people have died.
Germany said on Friday that it was now classifying neighboring Poland as a high risk. This means that anyone crossing the Polish border from Sunday must take a negative coronavirus test.
What is the latest in the AstraZeneca vaccine? Despite assurances from European drug regulators that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective, some countries are reluctant to resume their campaign using JAB.
Finland’s health authorities have announced a ban on vaccine use that will last at least a week.
The move, which follows two reports of blood clots in patients who got jobs in the country, was seen as a precautionary measure.
Is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine safe? Is Europe’s AstraZeneca Jabe’s decision flawed? Meanwhile, Sweden, Denmark and Norway said on Friday they needed more time to decide whether to resume Astrageneca inoculation.
Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands are among the countries that have resumed their campaign to vaccinate against AstraZeneca.
The French health authorities have recommended that the vaccine be offered only to those 55 years of age or older
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has reviewed the vaccine after 13 European countries suspended the use of the vaccine for fear of blood clotting infections.
It found that the tangle was “not related” to the high risk of clots.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine.
On Friday, WHO experts said the vaccine had “unimaginable potential to prevent infection and reduce deaths worldwide.”
“The data do not suggest any overall increase in coagulation conditions such as deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism after administration of the Covid-19 vaccine,” the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety said in a statement.
Other European leaders have tried to reassure citizens that the Oxford-AstraZeneca job is safe.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (733) said he would gladly receive the vaccine, but that he had “not booked yet”.
His French opponent, 55-year-old Jean Cassack, received an astrageneca dose on Friday.