In Italy and Spain, which are hardest hit by the epidemic, government announcements are expected to prolong the state of emergency, expected until mid-to-late May. A total curfew is also expected in neighboring Slovakia.
Most European states are successively tightening further austerity measures, not because of the acceleration of the spread of the coronavirus, but because of the upcoming Easter holidays.
In Italy and Spain, which are hardest hit by the epidemic, government announcements are expected to extend the state of emergency until mid-May or the end of May, but the strictest restrictions on Easter holidays will certainly remain.
However, a total curfew is also expected in neighboring Slovakia, where epidemiological data are very favorable compared to many other countries. By the weekend, 471 confirmed infections had been recorded in the neighboring country, where 1,889 coronavirus tests had been performed. Government and health professionals, on the other hand, believe that the Easter holidays pose a certain risk, so they are doing everything they can to maintain the current “favorable” epidemiological situation for as long as possible. Prime Minister Igor Matovic, who had already taken over from Peter Pellegrini at the time of the epidemic on 21 March, after most crisis management measures had been taken, publicly raised on Saturday that he had proposed a total curfew for Easter and a one-month balck out, ie the economy he also raised the issue. His proposal was decided by epidemiologists on Sunday. The tightening will last from 8 to 13, ie for the holidays, Matovic, and although the prime minister wanted to extend it to cross-border commuters, for the time being, those going to work in this zone are not subject to all 14-day mandatory quarantine and sampling from Monday. .
Serbia, which is the only one in the region to have closed the border before its own citizens, has introduced further tightening. Already last weekend, a full curfew was ordered from 1pm on Saturday until 5am on Monday, which is somewhat lifted during the week, but for the holidays – in Serbia the Orthodox Easter will be a week later on April 18 – and the weekend before that will certainly be reintroduced.
Romanian leaders are asking their citizens not to go home for the holiday and warn that if they do, they could quarantine their return. Romania has introduced a state of emergency from 16 March and a curfew from 25 March, and further tightening may take place, and the measures in force are expected to be extended for another month. At our eastern neighbor, the focal point is not only Suceava beyond the Carpathians, but also two Transylvanian cities, the Hungarian border near Arad and Deva. A small settlement in southern Romania, one of the housing estates in Târgu Mureş and the neighboring village have already been placed under bail. The bribe is secured by the army.
For the time being, there is only a curfew in Ukraine, as in Hungary.