Europe is at a "crucial" point in dealing with its second wave of Covid-19 infections, warned the EU Health Commissioner and added the actions people are taking now will determine the severity of restrictions needed by the next months.
Prevent severe barriers: Kyriakides said that people should not slow down because "the crisis is not behind us," and warned of a situation in which governments are forced to impose stricter locks.
"(Such lockdowns) will be harmful – harmful to our mental health, harmful to our economies, harmful to our children's well-being and education, harmful to our working and everyday lives."
Mental health risk: This comes as the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said it is concerned about the increase in cases across the continent, but also warns that the introduction of lock-in rules is likely to affect people's mental health.
Change of quarantine rules: ECDC also indicated that there is room to change the quarantine rules for those exposed to the virus – by potentially reducing the 14-day quarantine to 10 days after exposure if the person returns a negative test at that moment.
Pandemic is not uniform: Although there has been an increase in cases throughout Europe, the ECDC states that the pandemic does not have the same impact in all countries.  I In several countries, the observed increase correlates with increased test rates and intense transmission among persons between 15 and 49 years of age. In such countries, most detections are mild or asymptomatic. "
" In a number of other countries, however, the recovery coincides with high or increasing alert rates in older individuals and, consequently, an increased proportion of hospitalized and serious cases. "
Austria bans "après-ski" parties: The Austrian ski season will continue, but après-ski parties will be banned, says the country's chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
"Skiing, eating out, nature and enjoying the hospitality, outdoor activities, shopping – not only in ski resorts but also in cities, a wellness holiday in Austria, cultural tourism: everything that will be possible this coming winter," Kurz said in a news release Thursday. "What will not be possible is après ski as we know it from the past. The risk of becoming infected is simply too high. "
Pushback against new French restrictions: Benoît Payan, deputy mayor of Marseille, has called for a" 10-day delay "for tough restrictions the French government will impose from Monday after an increase in cases there.
Payan said that France's second largest city had not been adequately consulted or warned about the new measures, leading to "misunderstanding" and "anger" from local officials.
Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Regional Council, which includes Marseille, referred to the closures as a "collective punishment" in a statement posted on Twitter.