Austria will enter a second national lockdown on Tuesday for at least two and a half weeks, after its target infection rate of Covid-19 exploded to 10 times higher than expected. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the measures in a press conference in Vienna on Saturday, admitting the government is failing on trace new infections. “The truth is that the authorities are now no longer able to trace 77% of new infections, which means that the authorities no longer know where these infections take place,” he said.
Greece will close all primary schools and nurseries on Monday for two weeks, in light of an increase in Covid-19 cases, the Greek Minister of Education said Saturday. Niki Kerameus called it a “precautionary measure" aimed to reduce adult mobility more widely and take the pressure off hospitals. Greece had 3,038 new cases in its latest data on Friday, marking the second-highest tally of daily cases since the start of the pandemic.
Poland reported a record high 548 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, the health ministry said on Twitter. There have been 10,045 deaths in the country, the highest in eastern Europe, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Russia on Saturday reported 22,702 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of infections it has ever reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the country’s coronavirus response center. The total number of coronavirus cases in Russia as of November 14 is 1,903,253 with 32,834 officially reported deaths.
Italy reported 37,255 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,144,552, according to officials. The Italian Health Ministry also confirmed on Twitter 544 deaths in the last 24 hours. While the numbers are slightly lower than previous days, it’s still too early to call it a downward trend.
Iran will impose stricter Covid-19 restrictions in more than 100 towns and cities in the country from next Saturday for two weeks, after seeing a recent surge of coronavirus infections, deputy health minister Alireza Raisi said on Saturday on state TV after a meeting led by President Hasan Rouhani.
The new measures -- classified as "red" -- include non-essential businesses and services to be shut, according to Raisi. The mandatory wearing of masks in public will continue in the capital Tehran, he added.