Germany and Russia report worrying corona figures on Saturday.

In terms of the number of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants, the eastern neighbors are back at the level of mid-May and are also seeing the daily number of positive tests increase rapidly.

Russian authorities report the fifth daily record number of corona-related deaths in a row.

Elsewhere in Eastern Europe, where corona is rapidly escalating, Romania announces the return of the curfew.

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In Germany there are now more than 100 positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants.

Normally the country goes back to a lockdown if that border is crossed, but German Health Minister Jens Spahn believes that his country is now much better able to avert the flare-up.

The country will maintain specific measures for unvaccinated people for longer, until the spring of 2022. Spahn mentioned the mask obligation and restrictions on indoor sports as examples.

On Saturday, the eastern neighbors reported more than 15,000 positive tests, about 4,200 more than last Saturday.

In some states with lower vaccination coverage - such as Saxony and Thuringia - the pressure on hospitals is already increasing.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn

German Health Minister Jens Spahn

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Russia reports fifth daily record in deaths in a row

The pressure on healthcare is also increasing in Russia.

On Saturday, 1,075 corona-related deaths were reported, the fifth daily record in a row.

More than 37,000 positive tests were also reported, an increase compared to previous days.

Moscow residents will return to lockdown on October 28.

All non-essential shops, cafes and restaurants must then close.

Only shops that sell basic necessities, such as pharmacies and supermarkets, are allowed to keep their doors open.

On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin introduced a national measure.

He ordered that people should not go to work for a week from October 30, and urged regional leaders to take local measures themselves if necessary.

In the country, the vaccination rate is not getting started, because residents mistrust the self-developed vaccines.

See also: Moscow imposes months-long lockdown for unvaccinated over-60s

Romania closes schools, bans parties and introduces curfew

The ECDC, the European equivalent of RIVM, has marked large parts of Eastern Europe with the dark red color code, which warns of a major corona risk.

In Romania - which also has the highest warning level - the curfew will return from Monday.

Residents are then no longer allowed to be on the street between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Schools will also be closed for two weeks, weddings and parties will be banned again and face masks and the corona pass will be mandatory in many places.

The measures will apply for at least a month.

The number of new corona infections has reached a record high in Romania this month, as has the number of people who have died from COVID-19, the disease that causes the virus.

Hospitals can hardly handle the pressure anymore.

"We are in a dire situation," said Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat.

He attributes the current situation to the low vaccination readiness in the country.

Just over a third of adult Romanians have been vaccinated.

In Europe, only Bulgaria administered even fewer jabs.

"We could have prevented this."

See also: Latvia again in corona lockdown;

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