Covid-19 third wave: European countries impose tight restrictions

Europe is on the trail of the third wave of the pandemic. EU member states are introducing restrictive measures to prevent a new spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Germany, over the past 24 hours, 23,681 cases of coronavirus were recorded - while at the beginning of March, 5-6 thousand were detected daily in the country.

Berliners have been required to test negative for coronavirus on the day they visit retail stores that do not sell "basic supplies" goods since March 31st.
A similar requirement will apply when visiting hairdressing and cultural institutions: galleries, museums and memorials. The owners of large shopping centers are advised to organize the possibility of operational testing of visitors. At the same time, in any enclosed space, you will need to wear respirators with a high degree of protection class FFP2.

Tough restrictive measures are planned to be introduced in Austria. So, from April 7, 2021, Austrians are required to present a negative test for COVID-19 when visiting all retail outlets, except for vital ones: pharmacies or grocery stores.
In the country, about 3300 cases are recorded every day.

A difficult situation is developing in France as well. On March 29, the number of patients with covid in serious condition in intensive care reached 5,000, the local health ministry said.
This figure exceeded the peak value of the fall of 2020: then the maximum number of patients with coronavirus in intensive care - 4903 people - was recorded on November 16.

In Italy, in turn, on the days of Catholic Easter, from April 3 to April 5, a nationwide quarantine is introduced throughout the country. In addition, from March 15, any area where the number of cases of COVID-19 exceeds 250 per 100 thousand inhabitants must go into the "red zone".