The Governing Council met on Friday to take stock of the situation related to the coronavirus in Luxembourg. The government will meet again on Monday before presenting possible new measures to the press.
As in other EU countries, such as Belgium or the Netherlands, for example, stricter restrictions could be validated in the coming days in the fight against the spread of the virus. Several decisions have already been taken at the meeting on Friday.
The validity of PCR tests will be reduced from 72 to 48 hours, while that of certified rapid antigen tests will only be 24 hours. A decision that will be implemented on the ground in the course of next week.
New measures are also announced in education, such as carrying out an antigen test three times a week instead of two currently.
Changes are also expected in nursing and care homes: in addition to “3G” (vaccinated, cured, tested), wearing a mask will again be compulsory and rapid tests must again be carried out on site.
The authorities have also supported the idea that teleworking in the civil service increases to four days a week, compared to three currently.
The ministers will meet again on Monday after several exchanges with the social partners in order to decide on these new measures and announce them to the citizens. These additional restrictions should target the reduction of contacts and better supervision of events. The exponential momentum recently announced by the experts has become reality in Luxembourg, where the vaccination rate has been stagnating for some time. A reaction is therefore necessary, given the deteriorating situation everywhere in Europe and with the appearance of the new Omicron variant.
The Covid law in force is valid until December 18, so it is quite possible that a new law will be passed before that date. The government’s decisions will be broadcast on Monday at 5 p.m., the press conference can be found live and in French on RTL 5 minutes.