Stricter coronavirus measures are expected from next week, including a reduced validity period for Covid-19 tests.

As in other EU countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, stricter restrictions to fight the spread of Covid-19 could be approved in the next few days. A number of decisions were already taken at the meeting on Friday.

The validity of PCR tests will be reduced from 72 to 48 hours, while the validity of certified antigenic rapid tests will be reduced to 24 hours. This decision will be implemented sometime next week.

New measures have also been announced in education, such as the introduction of antigenic testing three times a week instead of the current two.

Changes are also expected in nursing homes: in addition to 3G (vaccinated, cured, tested), masks will again be compulsory and rapid tests should again be carried out on site.

The authorities have also backed the idea of increasing teleworking in the civil service to four days a week, compared with the current three.

Ministers will meet again on Monday before prime minister Xavier Bettel and health minister are expected to announce new measures, after consulting with partners over the weekend on the scope of additional restrictions.

Any new measures will be aimed at reducing contacts and improving the management of the pandemic. An exponential increase in cases has become a reality in Luxembourg, where the vaccination rate has been stagnating for some time. The government therefore believe new measures to be necessary, given the worsening situation throughout Europe and with the appearance of the new Omicron variant.

The current Covid law is valid until 18 December, so it is quite possible that a new law will be passed before that date. The government's decisions will be presented on Monday at 5 pm.