Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that two and a half million people have already been vaccinated in the country, and therefore a decree was published to ease anti-epidemic restrictions. The Spanish and Czech authorities will not extend the epidemic emergency. The easing of restrictions is also expected in the Netherlands. In Italy, more than 80 percent of school workers have been vaccinated. In turn, a difficult epidemic situation continues in France.
– We have reached an important milestone today. Two and a half million of our compatriots have been vaccinated. Therefore, from tomorrow, shops and service points can be opened – stated Viktor Orban. The Hungarian prime minister added that vaccinations will continue at a similar pace as before. He thanked the doctors and nurses for their work and asked everyone to register for vaccinations. He also stated that Hungary could be and will be the first European country where there will be enough vaccines for everyone.
The anti-epidemic restrictions in Hungary will start to be eased on Wednesday, confirmed Sandor Pinter, the Hungarian interior minister, in a decree issued on Tuesday, which has already been published in the Hungarian Monitor.
The gradual lifting of restrictions after vaccination with at least one dose of 2.5 million people was decided in a decree that the government adopted in March. It envisages that in the first stage the curfew will be shortened, which will start at 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. The working hours of shops, which currently have to close at 7 p.m. One customer can stay 10 square meters. It will also be possible to open service points.
The Spanish authorities will not extend the epidemic threat
The Spanish authorities will not extend the epidemic emergency that has been in force since the end of October last year, under which sanitary restrictions are in force throughout the country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Tuesday. The head of government recalled that the regulations regarding the state of emergency provide that it will last the longest until May 9.
At a press conference in Madrid, Sanchez said the decision to lift the emergency was linked to the expected reversal of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the vaccination campaign.
Sanchez recalled that on the basis of the epidemic emergency approved in October 2020, the autonomous communities of Spain may maintain a curfew, as well as restrictions on the use of public space by citizens. They also allow, he added, regions to announce sanitary cordons in communes with a high number of infections.
The head of government noted that these provisions were, however, less restrictive than the first state of epidemic threat that was in force in Spain between March and June 2020. At that time, citizens were forbidden to leave their homes without a valid reason, e.g. having to go to work.
The prime minister of the center-left government announced that in April the vaccination rhythm across the country will increase as the supply of vaccines increases. He added that local medical services are to receive a million doses every week. According to Sanchez, a total of 87 million doses of coronavirus vaccines will reach Spain by September, and in August, according to the Prime Minister, 70 percent of the country’s citizens would be vaccinated.
The Czech government will not apply for an extension of the state of emergency
The Czech government decided on Tuesday that it would not ask parliament to extend the state of emergency that was ending on April 11. A day later, shops with clothes and shoes for children, markets and kindergartens will open, among others. The end of the state of emergency means the automatic end of the curfew and the inter-county travel ban, which was introduced from March 1. The number of people who can meet will also change: it will be 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
The state of emergency was introduced in the Czech Republic on October 5, 2020 – last year it was also in force from March 12 to May 17. The government decided to open stores with clothes and shoes for children on April 12. Stationery stores will also function. These decisions are related to the return of children from the youngest grades to school on the same day, but in a rotational system. Half of the classes will study stationary for a week, and remote after a week. The rest of the students will continue their distance learning. Kindergartens will reopen.
At the Tuesday meeting, the government also decided to open on April 12 a laundry, locksmith shops and marketplaces selling vegetables, fruit and cold cuts. Zoos and botanical gardens are to be opened, but only in parts that are open-air.
The Netherlands has announced that the restrictions will be relaxed
The Dutch government has announced that the country will start easing anti-epidemic restrictions this month. It will be possible to go to a museum or a zoo, but before entering, you will have to undergo a coronavirus test – the ANP agency informs on Tuesday.
Currently, cultural establishments and entertainment venues are closed in the Netherlands. Restaurants and bars may only sell to take away. Only two people who do not live together permanently can meet in the open air, only one guest can be accommodated in private apartments. Between 22 a h. 4.30am there is a curfew.
Protests in Italy. More than 80 percent of school workers are vaccinated
A wounded policeman, a few detainees – this is the initial record of a demonstration by Italian restaurateurs that took place on Tuesday in Rome in front of the parliament building. There were clashes with the police, which responded to the attempt to break the security cordon. In front of the seat of the Chamber of Deputies, representatives of the catering industry demonstrated demanding the opening of premises that could not be served at tables throughout the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The owners of the gym joined the protesters and demanded permission to resume operations. The picket took a violent course as demonstrators began throwing smoke candles and bottles at the policemen. One of them was injured in the face. Dozens of protesters attempted to break the police cordon around parliament. They were pushed back by the intervening officers who detained several people.
More than 80 percent of school workers in Italy were vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose of the preparation, Antonello Giannelli, president of the association of school principals, announced on Tuesday. Two thirds of students return to schools on Wednesday. Under the new government ordinance, 5.6 million of the country’s 8.5 million students will resume normal lessons. Students of primary schools and the first grade of junior high school are returning.
Difficult epidemic situation in France
Meanwhile, the epidemic in France is still difficult. Over the last day, 8,045 people have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, 409 patients with COVID-19 have died in hospitals, and 17 deaths have been recorded in nursing homes since Friday. The total death toll from the coronavirus in the country has risen to 97,301, the Public Health Agency (SPF) said on Tuesday.
2459 patients were admitted to hospitals, 623 of whom were admitted to intensive care units. The number of hospitalized patients increased by 732 and amounts to 30,639. Currently, 5,626 patients are treated in intensive care units, which is 193 more than on Monday.
So far, 12,769,252 vaccinations against coronavirus have been carried out in France. 9,526,509 people received the first dose (i.e. 14.2% of the population and 18.1% of adults), and 3,242,743 also the second (4.8% of the population and 6.2% of adults). During the last day, a total of 275,772 vaccinations were performed, of which 175,180 with the first dose, and 100,592 – with the second.
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