In response to the second wave of the pandemic, European countries have taken “lockdown” measures.
On The evening of October 31 local time, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the second comprehensive lockdown in England from November 5 until December 2.
On the same day, Austrian Chancellor Kurz announced that Austria would again impose a nationwide “blockade” starting November 3.
On the same day, Prime Minister Greta Mitsotakis announced a month-long partial “lockdown” in Athens and other major cities, and a nightly curfew would be extended across the country.
According to incomplete statistics, at least 12 European countries, including Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium, United Kingdom (England), Austria, Greece, Netherlands and Poland, have announced “lockdown” orders to contain the epidemic.
Slovakia began a national novel Coronavirus test
At 7:00 a.m. local time on October 31, the first trial of the Novel Coronavirus test for Slovakia officially began. Some 45,000 medical personnel, soldiers and police officers will be deployed throughout Slovakia. About 50 medical personnel from Austria and 200 from Hungary also took part in the test as foreign aid.
The test is free to all people in Slovakia, a country with a population of about 5.5 million. Children under the age of 10 are exempt.
The national test was carried out using rapid antigen detection reagent. People who test positive should immediately be quarantined for 10 days, according to local media.
Those who do not take part in the nationwide test, and who refuse to pay for it, will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days, although the government does not mandate it.
On October 23 solstice25, Slovakia launched a pilot nationwide test in the four worst-hit regions. 14,945 people were tested, of whom 5,594 were confirmed, representing 3.97% of the total confirmed cases.
The second coVID-19 strain in Europe may have originated in Spain
Researchers at the University of Basel in Spain, the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in Switzerland and the Higher Scientific Research Council in Spain have found that the strain that triggered the second coVID-19 outbreak on the European continent can be traced back to Spain, EUROlink reported, citing the Europa news agency. Researchers have named the strain 20A.eu1.
According to Professor Emma Holdercroft, a Swiss evolutionary geneticist participating in the study, by analyzing a large number of novel Coronavirus genomes, the researchers traced another variant of the novel Coronavirus 20A.eu1 strain and found that it originated in the northeast of Spain, especially in the Region of Catalonia.
As for the source and super-spreader of 20A.EU1, the researchers believe that the strain was first identified among agricultural workers in Catalonia and the Aragon region of Spain, then quickly spread there and spread to other European countries via tourists.
Studies confirm that the 20A.EU1 strain has been present in Spain since June, and that the rate of transmission in Spain in July has exceeded 40%; Transmission rates reached 40-70% in Switzerland, Ireland and Britain in September, and spread to at least 12 countries in Europe.
The researchers note that there is no evidence that this novel coronavirus strain variant is more infectious or lethal. In the second wave of Europe, Spain rebounded much earlier than other European countries and coincided with the resumption of travel in Spain, confirming the claim that the 20A.EU1 strain originated in Spain.