European governments are weighing stricter Covid-19 lockdown measures, and the London police warned that it is now more likely to impose fines on those who violate the rules to prevent people from gathering in parks or other public places.
London Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick (Cressida Dick) said that despite the surge in new infections, the police have had to break up. The Minister of Police Kit Malthouse told the British Broadcasting Corp. that a higher fine may be imposed, starting in England with a fine of £200, which is equivalent to US$270.26. The government minister refused to rule out stricter blockade restrictions.
The UK is currently the epicenter of the current epidemic in Europe. The latest data show that 46,000 new infections were reported on Monday, of which 529 people died.
In Germany, people are increasingly expecting that Chancellor Angela Merkel and national leaders may agree to extend the blockade imposed during Christmas and New Year. Fearing that the more easily spreading virus variant first discovered in the UK may also cause a surge in cases in Germany, it has extended the purchase of the country’s vaccination program until the end of January. The latest data from the Robert Koch Institute of Infectious Diseases reported on Tuesday nearly 1
The 72-year-old leader of Portugal, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, tested positive for the coronavirus and will begin a lockdown on Wednesday to contain new infections. Mr. Rebelo de Sousa is seeking re-election on January 24 and is currently quarantining his residence in Lisbon and is not showing any symptoms.
At the same time, Israel plans to continue its rapid vaccination program in mid-March, beginning to vaccinate children over 12 years of age. By that date, the country’s goal was to provide one or two shots to more than half of its 9 million people.