Covid 19 – International Policy Tracker

As we are currently facing the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, please find below two tools providing an overview of the current health and economic situation and policies put in place on a country-by-country basis as well as a quick summary of the latest covid-related developments in some key countries.

Policy response to Covid-19, International Policy Tracker

The International Monetary Fund has set up a policy tracker summarizing the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tracker includes 196 economies.
Warning: this tracker was last updated on 24 October 2020 and the data therefore does not include the latest developments due to the second wave of the epidemic. The data should be updated soon. We encourage you to regularly check the latest updates.

https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19#F

EU overview, country by country

As the coronavirus is spreading across the European Union, OECD has set up a tool providing an overview of the health situation in European countries, based on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Re-open EU provides information on the various restrictions in place and on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps.

https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Key countries – latest developments

United Kingdom :

New national restrictions will apply as from November 5.

Amongst several restrictive measures, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing stores.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#businesses-and-venues

Belgium :

Belgium has ordered the closure of non-essential stores, from November 2 until December 13. This closure will be reviewed after four weeks, on December 1.

Non-essential stores can however still offer a “click and collect” service.

https://www.thebulletin.be/belgium-closes-non-essential-shops-until-13-december-further-restricts-social-contacts

Germany :

Germany entered on November 2 a one-month partial lockdown applying notably to :

– Restaurants and bars which will remain close, except for take-away
– Large events which will be cancelled
– Traveling : Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged
– Teleworking : All those who can work from home should do so and employers should ease a transition into working from home

What is still allowed, amongst other :
– Shops will remain open, with one customer allowed per 10 square meters (108 square feet)
– Borders remain open

https://www.euronews.com/2020/10/28/germany-to-begin-partial-lockdown-from-november-2-says-angela-merkel

Italy :

Prime Minister announced yesterday a new set of restrictive measures but is holding back from re-introducing a nationwide lockdown.

These new measures could include closure of shopping malls during weekends. The latest measures will be included in a government decree to be issued in the next few days.

Italy is also expected to present today a package of measures to support businesses hit by new restrictions.

https://www.politico.eu/article/italy-to-impose-curfew-but-no-nationwide-lockdown/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-measures-idUSKBN27B11L

Spain and Switzerland are also gradually strengthening their measures, but no national closures of shops have yet been decided at this stage.

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