In order to halt the rising number of positive tests, several European countries tightened measures last week.

For example, a new state of emergency was declared in Spain, theaters and cinemas in Italy have to be closed and millions of French people have to deal with a curfew.

An overview.

State of emergency and curfew in Spain

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a new state of emergency in Spain on Sunday.

The country sees one of the biggest increases in the number of positive corona tests in all of Europe.

With the new state of emergency, Spanish regions will have the power to impose stricter movement restrictions.

Which measures will apply exactly where, therefore, still depends on the regions themselves.

A national curfew has been established in the new state of emergency.

In principle, this applies between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., but the regions have the power to adjust the start and end times of the curfew.

Italian cinemas, theaters and gyms have to close

After a record number of positive tests, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has further tightened national corona measures.

On Saturday, almost twenty thousand positive corona tests were reported in 24 hours.

From Monday, cinemas, theaters, gyms and swimming pools must close.

Restaurants and cafes must stop serving at 6pm.

Conte wants to prevent a complete lockdown, as was introduced earlier this year.

That lockdown triggered the country's worst post-war recession.

During the press conference, Conte said that residents of the country need to continue with the new restrictions. "But then we can breathe again in December," said the prime minister.

Italian catering establishments must stop serving from Monday at 6pm.

(Photo: ANP)

Curfew for millions of French

French Prime Minister Jean Castex imposed a curfew on Thursday for 46 million people from the country's 67 million inhabitants.

Residents of dozens of French departments are only allowed outside between 9 pm and 6 am if there is an important reason for this.

"France and Europe are now experiencing a second wave of the epidemic," Castex said at a news conference.

"The coming weeks will be tough. The number of deaths will continue to increase."

According to the prime minister, it cannot be ruled out that the measures will have to be tightened further in the near future.

The country has recently counted around 40,000 positive tests per day.

On Sunday, another record number was reported: 52,010.

The total number of positive tests in the country has now risen to more than one million.

Catering in Belgium closed for a month

The number of positive tests in Belgium increased by 56 percent between 14 and 20 October compared to the previous week, the latest weekly figures showed on Saturday.

Especially in Liège, things are going badly: according to

De Morgen,

more hospital admissions were reported


last Saturday than during the peak of the first wave.

Last week, measures were further tightened at the southern neighbors to the "alarming rise" in the corona numbers.

All catering establishments are closed for a month from last Monday, there is a curfew between midnight and 5 a.m. and each family may only have one close contact.

People should also work from home as much as possible.

In Germany, concerns about the number of positive tests are increasing

Although Germany has not yet announced far-reaching measures last week, concerns about the number of positive tests in the country are growing.

On Sunday, the number of positive tests rose by more than eleven thousand.

The country with 83 million inhabitants seems to be doing a lot better compared to the neighboring countries.

However, with the increasing number of positive tests, the number of hospital admissions also increases.

"In general, the situation is very seriously injured," said Lothar Wieler, chairman of the German counterpart of the RIVM on Saturday at a press conference.

In the country, mainly regional measures are taken to contain it where the virus sets in.


Which means that Germany and Finland are better off corona than we are

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