Tuesday, October 19

Covid-19 in the EU | Restrictions, protests, de-escalation and progress in vaccination


As of August 1, Germany requires a negative test for all travelers twelve years of age and older who want to enter its territory and have not received the full guideline or have passed COVID-19, regardless of the country of origin.

For non-immunized people from high-risk areas -including Spain and the Netherlands since last Tuesday- they must keep 10 days of quarantine, which can be shortened by presenting a negative test five days after arrival in Germany.

Travelers arriving from areas with the presence of more aggressive variants of the virus – currently Brazil and Uruguay – must keep 14 days of quarantine, regardless of whether they are immunized or not, without the option of shortening the isolation.

Deniers take to the streets of Berlin

This Saturday in Berlin, at least 2,000 people took part in an unauthorized protest against the sanitary measures. The police arrested around 500 people during the day for acts of vandalism.

Meanwhile, the cumulative incidence in seven days in Germany has risen for almost four weeks and stands at 17.5 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants -with 14,558 positives in one week-, compared to 16.9 yesterday and 13.8 on last Sunday.

Denmark frees leisure spaces from the ‘covid pass’

In Denmark, the “covid pass” is no longer necessary to enter theaters, theaters and cinemas with fewer than 500 spectators. The same is true for museums, markets, and zoos. And outdoor events with fewer than 2,000 spectators will also be exempt from this requirement.

Portugal begins its new de-escalation

Portugal begins a three-phase plan to ease covid restrictions progressively until October, an initiative based on the advancement of vaccination and the fall in infections after having surpassed the peak of its fourth wave in July.

This Sunday, the day in which 57% of the population will be immunized, the first phase begins, in which standards for the entire country are unified and commerce and restaurants regain their normal hours, being able to open until two in the morning.

In addition, the curfew is eliminated from 11:00 p.m. that was in force in the municipalities with the highest incidence, including Lisbon and Porto.

Night establishments will require the covid digital certificate

Changes that promise to animate the nightlife of Portugal from the night of this Sunday, where it has also been known in the last hours that cocktail bars may also open, one of the most affected by the pandemic, if they comply with the same rules as restoration.

They will therefore have to request a digital certificate or negative test to admit people inside from Friday night and throughout the weekend – not on terraces – and they will be able to operate until two in the morning at most. In addition, you will not be able to dance in these spaces.

The discotheques, which are not expected to open until the last phase of the plan, scheduled to begin in October, remain on hold.

According to the Government’s plan, the second phase will begin when 70% of the population is immunized, something that is expected to happen at the beginning of September, at which time it will no longer be mandatory to wear a mask on the street and capacity at weddings and baptisms will increase ( 75%) and cultural shows (70%).

Victory of the Marseille fans against the covid

Another opening takes place in the French city of Marseille, the Velodrome stadium reopens its doors with a friendly match between Olímpico and Villareal. A hectic and excited atmosphere for the 30,000 fans present. During the pandemic, the stadium served as a covid testing center and later as a vaccination point.


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