Covid LIVE: Virus surges across EU as ‘Christmas cancelled’ with new restrictions

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Munich is the first major German city to cancel its iconic Christmas market. The city’s mayor Dieter Reiter said it is “bitter news” but he had no choice with daily cases reaching a new record of 52,826 on Wednesday. Germany is not an outlier across the continent, The World Health Organisation has said last week that Europe was the only region in the world where COVID-related deaths increased last week.

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Slovakia restrictions for the unvaccinated

The Slovakian government is approving measures today which will limit movement for unvaccinated people, Prime Minister Eduard Heger announced.

The country reported around 6,500 daily cases this week, with only 20 beds with ventilators available.

Mr Heger said the government will allow vaccinated people to attend large events, and there will be strict testing measures in place for workplaces.

Just 45 percent of Slovakia’s population is vaccinated compared to the EU average of 64.9 percent.

Stark Covid situation in Germany

Germany reported a new daily record of 52,826 new infections on Wednesday and a further 294 people died, bringing the total to 98,274.

Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an extra push on vaccinations, as less than 70 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, leaving them way behind other European countries such as Italy, Spain and Portugal.

North Rhine Westphalia is set to ban unvaccinated people from entry to all non-essential facilities and events such as football matches.

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