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World Virus to stay 'at least until next summer' - Macron

01:20  24 october  2020
01:20  24 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will be fighting the virus until at least the middle of next year as cases there surged past a million.

a crowd of people walking down the street: Many infectious people are in the streets without knowing it, a French hospital boss has warned © Reuters Many infectious people are in the streets without knowing it, a French hospital boss has warned

On Friday France recorded more than 40,000 new cases and 298 deaths. Other nations including Russia, Poland, Italy and Switzerland also saw new highs.

The World Health Organization said the spike in European cases was a critical moment in the fight against the virus.

It called for quick action to prevent health services being overwhelmed.

Daily infections in Europe have more than doubled in the past 10 days. The continent has now seen a total of 7.8m cases and about 247,000 deaths.

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PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron has extended France’s coronavirus lockdown for another month as he apologised for his government "not being prepared enough" for the crisis. Macron said that restrictions that started on March 17 would continue to be enforced strictly until May 11 as the country's death toll

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"The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Globally there have been more than 42m cases and 1.1m deaths.

What is happening in France?

Speaking on a visit to a hospital in the Paris region, Mr Macron said scientists were telling him that they believed the virus would be present "at best until next summer", he said.

But he said it was still too early to say whether France would go into a new full or partial lockdown.

An overnight curfew in the country is being extended to about two-thirds of the country - 46 million people - from Friday night for six weeks.

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The admission that the virus will continue to cause problems for another year appears to undermine hopes that the arrival of warmer weather this summer would kill it. Under revised health advice Boris Johnson unveiled last Thursday, anyone with a cough should self-isolate for at least seven days.

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The curfew could be relaxed when new infections dropped back down to between 3,000 and 5,000 a day, Mr Macron said - a level of infection that was last seen at the end of August.

Meanwhile the head of a Paris hospital group warned that the second wave of infections could be worse than the first.

"There has been a perception in recent months that a second wave does not exist, or that it is a small wave. The situation is the opposite," Martin Hirsch, the head of the AP-HP hospital group, told local media.

a group of people sitting at a table in a restaurant: People in much of France must be home by 21:00 local time from Friday © Reuters People in much of France must be home by 21:00 local time from Friday

Many of those currently in intensive care in his hospitals were older people who had been self-isolating but had become infected when their children visited them, Mr Hirsch said.

"There are many positive people, infectious, in the streets without knowing it and without anyone else knowing it," he added.

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slow the spread of this virus by staying at home unless it is absolutely essential to go outside." Officials in San Francisco, California, and France have each ordered residents to stay home in an effort to Macron also said he would be closing the country's borders starting Tuesday afternoon. The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr

Covid patients currently occupy nearly half of France's 5,000 intensive care beds.

And Prime Minister Jean Castex said a further influx of patients was likely - "The new cases of today are the hospitalised patients of tomorrow. The month of November will be difficult," he said.

What about Spain?

Earlier this week Spain became the first EU country to record a million cases - but on Friday Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the "real number" of cases was probably more than three million.

Mr Sánchez urged Spaniards to show "determination, social discipline and the necessary union" but did not announce any new measures to combat the spread of the virus.

The health minister and some regional governments have urged Mr Sánchez to impose an overnight curfew but other regional administrations have been reluctant, fearing the economic impact.

The prime minister - whose Socialist party does not have a majority in parliament - says a nationwide curfew would require a new state of emergency and he wants all regional governments to agree before taking this step.

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He added that restaurants and cafes could stay open but should try to implement official advice on social distancing. Norway and Lithuania shut down kindergartens, schools and universities for at least two weeks amid growing panic over the virus , which has killed more than 4,700 worldwide.

a police car parked on the side of a road: Spain's La Rioja region has high rates of infection and has been closed off for 15 days © EPA Spain's La Rioja region has high rates of infection and has been closed off for 15 days

A two-week partial lockdown on Madrid - which had been resisted by city officials - is due to end on Saturday and the city will then ban households from meeting indoors between midnight and 06:00. Capacity in bars will be limited to 50%.

Meanwhile the regions of Castilla y León and Valencia are to impose their own curfews and the southern region of Andalucía is to bring a curfew in in the city of Granada.

However, Mr Sánchez said the current situation was not comparable to March, when the central government imposed a strict lockdown. The median age of those infected has also fallen.

Elsewhere in Europe:

  • Italy's public health body said the situation in many regions was approaching critical, and complete contact tracing had become impossible. The head of the southern Campania region, which has already imposed a curfew and shut schools, has called for a complete lockdown
  • Switzerland recorded a daily record of 6,634 new cases. Tighter nationwide restrictions are expected next week, but are not expected to include school closures
  • Russia registered 17,340 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record
  • Poland has entered a nationwide "red zone" lockdown that includes the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants
  • Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called on Health Minister Roman Prymula to resign after a tabloid newspaper published photos of him emerging late at night, without a mask, from a restaurant that was supposed to be shut
  • Germany recorded 11,424 new cases in the past 24 hours, suggesting a stable situation still under control, with an R rate of 1.1
  • The Netherlands has begun transferring patients to Germany as its own hospitals have come under strain
  • Portugal is imposing a lockdown on three northern districts, affecting 150,000 people - and the whole country will have restrictions on movement for next week's holiday weekend
  • Greece has declared a night curfew in Athens and other areas. It will come into force from Saturday and applies between 00:30 and 05:00
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