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Quarantine restrictions intensify in Europe due to spread of Omicron strain

Source : 112 Ukraine

Meanwhile, German authorities plan to introduce mandatory vaccinations against the coronavirus
11:18, 13 January 2022

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Authorities in European countries are intensifying quarantine restrictions due to the spread of the Omicron strain. The World Health Organization has said that the global surge of disease is caused by the spread of the Omicron strain, so it should not be written off as Euronews reported.

For example, in Austria in February the authorities are planning to introduce compulsory vaccination for residents over 14 years old. Violators could face fines of up to 7,200 euros.

Related: Regular Covid-19 booster vaccinations can weaken immune system, - EMA

In public places and stores in the country, the police check people for Covid-certificates. On Tuesday, for example, more than 33,000 checks were carried out nationwide.

"Yesterday we checked 5,100 citizens for Covid certificates, 2,500 people checked for the correct wearing of masks. The result: 12 fines were issued; in 34 cases we issued warnings. As you can see, people comply with the rules, it simplifies our mission, because we act here as partners of society", - Vienna Police Spokesperson Markus Dietrich said.

Related: Greece enhances quarantine: Mask mode, remote work, ban on listening to music

In Italy, starting February 15, vaccination will become mandatory for people over the age of 50. A fine of 100 to 1,500 euros will also be imposed for the violation. In addition, unvaccinated people will not have access to public transport, religious ceremonies, universities, and ski resorts.

In Sweden, Omicron has become the dominant strain. Therefore, citizens are advised to work remotely, and eating establishments will close at 11:00 p.m.

Related: Poland tightening quarantine restrictions due to increase in number of new Covid-19 cases

In Germany, the government is in favor of compulsory vaccination. However, the Bundestag will not begin to consider the bill until the end of January.

According to polls, most Germans support compulsory vaccination. Nevertheless, there are mass demonstrations in the country against government measures to combat the coronavirus.

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