Europe lockdown latest: The European countries at risk of lockdown as Omicron surges

Doctor says 'drastic measures' are needed to stop Omicron spread

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The Omicron variant has triggered an onslaught of cases across the globe, seeing countries grapple with vaccination programmes and push residents to get boosted. Several countries have introduced restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus, from lockdown and limits on travel to closures of shops and restaurants.

According to data from Reuters, of every 100 infections last reported around the world, about 54 were reported from countries in Europe.

The country seeing the highest rates of Covid is the UK, with an average of 72,569 cases per day.

Next on the list is France with 51,790, followed by Germany at 41,346 and Russia at 28,551.

Here are the European countries at risk of lockdown – and the one country already locked down.

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Netherlands

Cases are steadily declining in the Netherlands, but 14,700 new infections are reported on average each day.

The country is now back under lockdown measures, with non-essential shops, restaurants and bars closed until January 14 after Covid cases have soared in the country.

Schools and universities are also remaining closed until at least January 9.

Caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday night: “The Netherlands is going into lockdown again from tomorrow.”

Mr Rutte said the lockdown was “unavoidable because of the fifth wave caused by the Omicron variant that is bearing down on us.”

People are being advised to stay at home where possible, with limits on who can meet.

In peoples homes there is a maximum of two guests allowed, this number rises to four guests between December 24 and 26, and on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Denmark

On Friday Denmark recorded Covid cases at an all-time high – with more than 11,000 cases in 24 hours.

This saw the Prime Minister announce a raft of measures to further prevent spread.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told a press conference: “Theatres, cinemas, (and) concert halls are going to have to close.

“We need to limit our activity. We all need to limit our social contact.”

However, Ms Frederiksen is keen to avoid an all-out lockdown.

She said: “Our goal remains to keep society as open as possible.”

As well as theatres, cinemas and concert halls, public spaces like convention centres and amusement parks will close.

Across Denmark bars and restaurants will close at 11pm, and alcohol is not permitted after 10pm.

UK

Covid cases in the UK are soaring – with experts applying pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to introduce restrictions.

On average the UK is recording 72,569 cases per day, and officials warn this is only going to get worse.

The country is currently under Plan B restrictions, which mean face masks are mandatory in public spaces, people have been asked to work from home where they can and the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App is mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather.

Mr Johnson is said to be holding a Cobra meeting this weekend to discuss the surge in cases – with Brits waiting to see if further measures will be introduced.

Today, Health Minister Sajid Javid didn’t rule out new restrictions being enforced before Christmas.

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France

Covid cases are rising in France, with 51,790 new infections reported on average each day according to Reuters data.

France has brought in strict travel rules following the outbreak of Omicron, with Prime Minister Jean Castex comparing Omicron to “lightning”.

Speaking on Friday Mr Castex said: “The fifth wave is here and it is here in full force.”

Already the French government has banned public concerts and fireworks displays at New Year’s celebrations.

Residents are being urged to limit their socialisation over the Christmas period and avoid large gatherings.

Travel to France from outside the European Union has been restricted – with limits on reasons for travelling to France from Britain.

All travellers arriving in France from the UK must isolate for seven days unless a negative Covid test is recorded on day two.

As yet there has been no mention of lockdown in France.

Germany

Across Germany, cases are falling, but the country on average records 41,345 new infections each day.

Germany has also brought in strict travel measures, banning all travellers from the UK from midnight on Sunday.

German nationals, residents and transit passengers can still enter – but all of those flying into Germany will need proof of a negative PCR test and face quarantine for 14 days.

Germany’s health minister Karl Lauterbach has ruled out a lockdown before Christmas but has warned the fifth wave can’t be stopped.

Speaking on broadcaster ARD, Mr Lauterbach said: “There will not be a lockdown before Christmas here. But we will get a fifth wave – we have crossed a critical number of Omicron infections.

“This wave can no longer be completely stopped.”

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