Europe is once again seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases — here is our summary of the measures being taken across the continent. Several nations have been reporting record numbers of new daily cases, the increase compounded by the emergence of the new Omicron variant , first detected in South Africa. Some countries have taken steps targeting the unvaccinated , while programmes are also being rolled out to vaccinate young children. Germany Germany relaxed restrictions on travel from the UK, South Africa and seven other southern African countries that were imposed to prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant. The countries will now be added to Germany’s list of “high-risk areas” with fewer travel restrictions. People who are not vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 have to self-isolate for 10 days unless they test negative for the virus after five days. Germany had limited private gatherings to ten people and closed nightclubs ahead of the new year as the country faces a “massive fifth wave” of COVID-19 due to Omicron. Large events such as football matches are held without an audience as part of new restrictions that will come into effect on 28 December. Restrictions already in place target… Read full this story
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