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First published on 4 December, updated 11 and 18 December.

At the request of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), HIQA is undertaking a weekly review of the public health measures and strategies that are in place internationally to limit the spread of COVID-19. The review focuses on the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 17 countries that experienced a resurgence in coronavirus cases in October 2020.

The countries comprise 12 EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden), the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and Switzerland. The review is provided to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to inform its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This review updates that of 11 December 2020. It contains updated epidemiological data and describes current public health measures, frameworks for living with COVID-19, national testing and contact tracing strategies.

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