As Covid cripples the bloc, Macron panics and intensifies border controls – the fourth wave.

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As Covid cripples the bloc, Macron panics and intensifies border controls – the fourth wave.

In a hurried move to restrict the spread of coronavirus, EMMANUEL MACRON ordered a tightening of border procedures for travelers travelling to France from a number of EU countries.

The French president has decided to increase entry restrictions to the country’s territory. Travelers from Belgium over the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated must provide a negative PCR or antigen test within 24 hours, rather than 72 hours, as previously required.

Over the course of one week, the number of new daily infections in Belgium increased by 39%.

These restrictions, which also apply to Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, are in response to a recent spike in infections in these countries.

As winter approaches and diseases soar across Europe, Austria imposed a lockdown on persons who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, with Germany proposing harsher restrictions and the United Kingdom increasing its booster program to include younger adults.

Europe has once again become the epicenter of the pandemic, forcing several governments to contemplate reimposing restrictions in the run-up to Christmas, as well as stoking discussion over whether vaccines alone are sufficient to combat COVID-19.

When people gather inside during the winter months, COVID-19 spreads more quickly.

According to a Reuters calculation, Europe accounted for more than half of global average 7-day infections and about half of recent deaths last week, the highest proportions since April last year, when the virus was at its original peak in Italy.

Governments and businesses are concerned that a prolonged pandemic could jeopardize an already shaky economic recovery.

The conservative-led government of Austria said that nearly two million individuals in the country of nine million would be allowed to leave their houses only for a limited number of reasons, such as going to work or shopping for necessities.

However, there is widespread skepticism, even among conservatives and law enforcement, about how the lockdown will be implemented – it will be difficult to determine if someone is on their way to work, which is permitted, or shopping for non-essential products, which is prohibited.

After the British made it plain that they don’t need France, Macron retaliated.

“My goal is absolutely clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told ORF radio. “Brinkwire News Summary.”

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