(BUDAPEST, Hungary) – Eastern European countries are facing increasing waves of coronavirus infections, resulting in new restrictive measures such as the mandatory use of face masks in Croatia and travel or travel bans quarantines to be imposed by Hungary. Hungarian authorities said on Sunday that they would classify countries into three categories – red, yellow and green – based on their rate of new coronavirus infections, and impose restrictions, including entry bans and mandatory quarantines, depending on the country where people came from. “We are seeing disturbing signs of an increase in the number of cases in neighboring countries, in Europe and worldwide,” said Gergely Gulyas, chief of staff to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Foreigners from Red Box countries – those with a high rate of infections, including Albania, Ukraine, Belarus and virtually all of Asia, Africa and South America and America Central – are prohibited from entering, while Hungarian citizens arriving from these places will have to remain in quarantine for two weeks or until they are negative twice, 48 hours apart. Hungarians and foreigners arriving from yellow category countries – which include, among others, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania and Sweden, as well as Great Britain, Russia, Serbia, Japan, China and the United States – will have to quarantine for two weeks, but will be allowed to go out if they have a negative test for the virus: once for Hungarians, or two negative tests 48 hours apart for foreigners. Gulyas said the new rules would take effect on Wednesday and be revised at least once a week. Romania announced a new infection record on Saturday with 698, while 456 new cases were reported on Sunday. Serbia reported 354 new infections on Saturday, although there are growing doubts about the accuracy of the figures. Officially, the country has more than 18,000 confirmed infections and 382 deaths since March, health officials warning that Serbian hospitals are almost full due to the latest wave of cases. Croatia, whose Adriatic coast is a major tourist destination, will make it mandatory to wear a mask in shops from Monday, while restaurant staff, but not customers, will also have to wear a face covering. Infections are also on the rise in India, which has the most cases after the United States and Brazil, with a record increase of 28,637 cases reported in the past 24 hours, authorities announced a week-long lockout starting Tuesday in the main technology center south of Bangalore. , where the offices of leading companies like Microsoft, Apple and Amazon are located. South Korea has also reported an increase in infections around Seoul, its capital and other major cities, with 44 new cases in the past 24 hours. The pandemic is also affecting elections in Europe. In Poland, which organizes a second presidential round on Sunday between conservative president Andrzej Duda and Rafal Trzaskowski, the liberal and pro-European mayor of Warsaw, voters must wear masks and gloves, maintain social distance and use a disinfectant for them. hands. They can even use their own pen to mark the ballots. The ballot boxes are regularly disinfected and the polling stations are ventilated. Related stories Similar security measures were put in place for elections in two regions of northern Spain, but authorities in the Basque Country and Galicia have banned more than 400 people who test positive from leaving their homes to vote . The Spanish Supreme Court backed the decision in a ruling released on Friday in response to a complaint from opposition parties in the two regions. In the United States, there has been a recovery in deaths from coronaviruses, driven by deaths in the southern and western states, with the seven-day moving average of reported daily deaths rising from 578 two weeks ago at 664 July 10 – still well below the heights reached in April – according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Coronavirus death, when it occurs, usually occurs weeks after a person is first infected. And experts have predicted that states that have seen an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations will, at some point, see an increase in deaths. This is happening now. “He constantly picks up. And it’s picking up when you expect it, “said William Hanage, researcher in infectious diseases at Harvard University. Researchers now expect deaths to increase for at least a few weeks, but some believe the number is unlikely to increase as dramatically as it did in the spring. ___ Associated Press editors from around the world contributed to this report. The coronavirus file. Everything you need to know about the global spread of COVID-19 Thanks! For your security, we have sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click on the link to confirm your subscription and start receiving our newsletters. If you do not receive confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Contact us at [email protected] .
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