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How other countries are dealing with the pandemic

Von because of holding out until Easter and then everything will be better: In view of the increasing number of corona infections, the nervousness in the Chancellery and among the Prime Ministers is as great as it was shortly before Christmas. Instead of the hoped-for next opening steps, there will be further restrictions on the citizens after the recent crisis summit. Dissatisfaction is growing, many are asking the question: can other countries in Europe deal better with the pandemic?

Austria keeps the shops open

In Germany’s southern neighbor, the seven-day incidence has risen significantly since stores reopened in early February. There are currently 236 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, more than twice as many as in Germany. There are currently no plans to close the shops. However, further easing, such as the opening of outdoor restaurants, has become questionable again. The schools have been open again for several weeks in shifts and with regular rapid tests. Since the number of Covid patients in hospitals is increasing again, the Easter holidays could possibly be extended. Hotels and restaurants are closed. If you travel abroad, you have to present a negative corona test when you return. A ten-day home quarantine is mandatory, from which you can test yourself after 5 days at the earliest. Almost a million people or 13 percent of the population have already received their first vaccination, 4 percent of the residents have full vaccination protection.

Switzerland even allows skiing holidays

In Switzerland, the seven-day incidence is currently 115, which is above the government’s benchmark for any easing measures. The proportion of positive tests, the number of reproductions and the workload in the intensive care units are also taken into account. Only the latter is currently still in the green area. Overall, Switzerland is less restrictive than its neighboring countries. The restaurants are still closed, but hotels are allowed to cater to their guests. Shops, shopping centers, museums and zoos have reopened since March 1st, although there are capacity restrictions. The ski areas never had to close. If the situation deteriorates drastically, the government wants to tighten the measures again. As soon as all people from risk groups have been vaccinated, less strict guidelines should apply. Currently, 5 percent of the population are fully vaccinated and 3.6 percent are simply vaccinated.

InfographicLockdown severity and deaths

Course swing in France

Since the weekend, all “non-essential” retailers in 16 mainly northern French departments including the Paris area have been closed again. Travel to other regions from there is prohibited. The seven-day incidence nationwide is around 270, although more is tested in France than in Germany. The positive rate of the tests is 7.8 percent, one percentage point higher than in Germany. Many intensive care units are now back to capacity, but the number of deaths is decreasing. The new partial lockdown, however, is less strict than before: A long list of exceptions allows hotels, bookstores, hairdressers and car dealers to continue opening. The evening curfew, which has been in effect for months (with a number of exceptions), has been postponed from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Schools and daycare centers remain open, bars and restaurants are still closed. 5.6 million French people, or 8.4 percent of the population, received at least one dose.

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