People line up at a mobile Covid-19 testing center in Strasbourg, France, on September 23.

On September 23, people line up at a mobile Covid-19 testing center in Strasbourg, France. Jean-Francois Badias / AP

Europe is at a “crucial” point in dealing with its second wave of Covid-19 infections, warned the European Union Health Commissioner, adding that the measures people are taking now will reduce the severity of the ones needed in the months ahead Will determine restrictions.

“We are here today to urge everyone to act decisively. This could be our last chance to prevent a repeat of last spring, ”Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said at a press conference on Thursday. “In addition, fall and winter are the times of year for more respiratory illnesses, including seasonal influenza.”

Prevent Heavy Bans: Kyriakides said people should not lower their vigilance because “the crisis is not behind us” and warned of a situation where governments are being forced to impose stricter lockdowns.

“(Such locks) will be detrimental – detrimental to our mental health, detrimental to our economies, detrimental to the well-being and education of our children, detrimental to our work and daily life.”

Mental health risk: This is because the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has said it is concerned about the increase in cases across the continent, but it also warns that the reintroduction of lockdown rules will affect the mental health of the Could affect people.

Changing the quarantine rules: The ECDC also indicated that if a person returns a negative test at that time, the quarantine rules for those exposed to the virus could be changed, potentially reducing the 14-day quarantine to 10 days after exposure.

Pandemic is not uniform: While the number of cases has increased across Europe, the pandemic is not having the same impact in all countries, according to ECDC.

In several countries, the observed increase correlates with increased test rates and intensive transmission between people between the ages of 15 and 49. In such countries, most of the diagnoses are mild or asymptomatic. ”

“In a number of other countries, however, the upswing has been accompanied by high or rising notification rates among the elderly and, consequently, an increased proportion of hospitalizations and severe cases.”

Austria prohibits “after-ski” parties: The Austrian ski season will continue, but après-ski parties will be banned, says Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

“Skiing, eating out, enjoying nature and hospitality, outdoor activities, shopping – not only in ski areas, but also in cities, a wellness holiday in Austria, cultural tourism: all of this will be possible in the coming winter,” Kurz said at a press conference on Thursday. “What is not possible is après-ski as we know it from the past. The risk of infection is simply too high.”

Pushback against new French restrictions: Benoît Payan, the deputy mayor of Marseille, has asked for a “10-day delay” in the stringent restrictions that the French government will impose from Monday after cases there have soared.

Payan said France’s second largest city had not been properly consulted or warned of the new measures, causing “misunderstanding” and “anger” from local officials.

Renaud Muselier, President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, which also includes Marseille, described the closings as “collective punishment” in a statement published on Twitter.