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To contain the spread of the virus, the cabinet introduced a partial lockdown on October 13. But not only the Netherlands, other European countries also saw the contamination figures rise and therefore tightened measures. Press made an overview of the measures in countries around us.

Belgium

In Belgium, the number of infections is increasing sharply. About twenty thousand positive tests per day have been reported in recent days. Belgium has a total of more than 412,000 infections.

The country has announced a new partial lockdown. The measures will take effect Monday, November 2 at midnight. Then people with non-medical contact professions, such as hairdressers, have to stop their work, Belgians are no longer allowed to visit friends and family and all non-essential shops close for one month. The catering industry had already closed its doors.

Belgians are allowed to have one more so-called ‘hug contact’, which they can invite home. A grouping ban of more than four people applies outside the home, but the Belgian government asks residents to leave the house only for serious reasons, such as shopping. Working from home will be mandatory, unless there is no other option.

About 19,000 positive tests per day have been reported to the eastern neighbors in recent days. This means that the country appears to be doing relatively better than other countries in Europe. Nevertheless, Chancellor Angela Merkel tightened up the measures. If nothing is done, Merkel fears that the pressure on hospitals will become too great.

From 2 November, the catering establishments, gyms and theaters will therefore close for at least a month. Group formation is only allowed outside the home up to a maximum of ten people from two households. The Germans are called upon to travel unnecessarily as little as possible and not to visit people. Schools and daycare centers in the country are still open.

The number of infections in France has risen to such an extent that the country was forced to introduce a lockdown. The lockdown has been introduced since October 30 and will last until at least December 1.

Cafés, restaurants, and non-essential shops are closed and travel between regions is not permitted. A difference with the lockdown that was introduced in the spring is that schools are allowed to keep their doors open this time.

The French are only allowed outside for “essential activities”, such as shopping or for work and school. Exercise outside is allowed, but for a maximum of one hour per day.

In two weeks’ time, the cabinet will examine whether the situation has changed to such an extent that non-essential stores can reopen.

A mobile test location in a suburb of Paris. (Photo: ANP)

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