Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In anticipation of a peak of covid in March, European countries are closing their borders



European countries are already closing border crossings or announcing plans for even tougher restrictions due to the expected third peak of the pandemic in March.

Denmark closed several smaller border crossings with Germany in the early hours of Saturday after an increase in cases of infection with mutated strains of coronavirus in the northern German city of Flensburg, DPA reported.

Thirteen smaller border crossings have been closed, authorities said.
Larger border crossings will remain open, but checks will become significantly stricter.

Danish authorities have previously warned of the emergence of new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus, including the one originally discovered in Britain, which is soon expected to be the most common in the Scandinavian country.

IN Germany there are reports that the British version is linked to an increase in cases in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein. City Mayor Simone Lange confirmed that the British strain dominates infections in the German city. Local authorities introduced a one-week evening class and banned private gatherings.

IN Poland Health Minister Adam Nedzelski today did not rule out the possibility of restrictions on Poland’s borders with Slovakia and the Czech Republic due to the increasing number of Kovid-19 cases.
The borders will be open to people with negative coronavirus test results, but that’s for today, as the dynamics of the situation could change, he said.

The decision will be made next week, Nedjelski added, confirming that the government is considering restrictions on the country’s southern border with Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The minister added that he expects the peak of the third wave of the pandemic to be in March and April, and the government is also considering returning restrictions on social life in the regions with the most cases of Kovid-19.

Poland has eased some restrictions by recently opening ski resorts, cinemas, hotels and theaters, but authorities have warned that measures may need to be reinstated depending on the epidemic.

The country currently requires bus or train arrivals to remain quarantined for 10 days, with some exceptions, including for people with a negative test or proof of a vaccine.

New infections in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are increasing and many hospitals are overcrowded, the DPA added.





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