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Canada Virus: Europe is re-fining itself, revolt in the air

19:05  01 november  2020
19:05  01 november  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Once again the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, European countries are increasing restrictions or restoring containment, causing the rise of the impatience of their populations or an open revolt, as in Spain where demonstrations are increasing.

Across Europe , the number of additional cases recorded jumped 41% in one week, accounting for half of the cases reported in the last seven days worldwide. An outbreak of cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals and has pushed governments to once again restrict the freedom of movement of their citizens and shut down entire sectors of the economy, especially in culture and commerce.

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Faced with these restrictions and the fear of increased social damage, parades took place on Saturday evening, for the second night in a row, in several Spanish cities, followed by clashes with the police and acts of vandalism and looting.

The biggest unrest occurred in Madrid, where many demonstrators chanted "Freedom!" set fire to dumpsters and erected makeshift barricades on Gran Via, the main thoroughfare in the center of the capital, according to images on social media.

The opposition to the restrictive measures also gave rise to clashes on Saturday evening in the Italian capital between the police and hundreds of demonstrators, after similar incidents the day before in Florence and in other major cities in recent days.

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Anger of traders

In France , where a one-month reconfinement was put in place on Friday until December 1, the anger of small traders deemed non-essential and therefore forced to close, is more and more intense: they denounce unfair competition from supermarkets - authorized to remain open - and online platforms, including Amazon.

The Prime Minister could, however, decide to close in supermarkets "shelves of products that are not essential", announced Sunday the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire .

In United Kingdom , the most bereaved country in Europe with at least 46,555 dead, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a reconfinement of England from Thursday until December 2 (knowing that the Country of Wales was already contained, and Northern Ireland in partial containment).

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Across Europe , lockdown measures are being lifted cautiously, in phases. Businesses are reopening and many children are back in school. From 15 May, citizens and residents could move freely across the three countries, provided they had not travelled outside the Baltic states in the past two weeks

This re-containment is "a nightmare before Christmas", was alarmed Helen Dickinson, managing director of the federation of British retailers British Retail Consortium (BRC).

In Austria, "a second confinement is put in place from Tuesday until the end of November," announced Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

The country of 8.8 million inhabitants now records more than 5,000 daily cases, against only 1,000 at the start of October, for 1,109 deaths since the emergence of the pandemic.

In Belgium, the country in the world where the coronavirus circulates the most, the Federal Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, called on the population not to go shopping this Sunday, on the eve of a tightening of confinement for six weeks. Long queues were observed on Saturday in some shops or shopping streets. These lines "are dangerous and that is precisely what we do not want to see," said Vandenbroucke.

In Germany, which has also tightened restrictions to slow the pandemic, the world of culture, which is due to close its doors for several weeks, feels particularly badly off.

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Europe 's temperatures in March two degrees above average. Air -borne virus ? There could also be another potential benefit of today's lower air pollution; there's a Short-term air pollution, which lasts for a few hours or a few days in the atmosphere, has dropped, and that is considered positive news.

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"In recent months, we have the impression of having less value than cars, planes or footballers," denounced many singers and artists in an open letter.

"Save Christmas"

Greece has decided on partial confinement for one month in Athens and in the other major cities of the country from Tuesday. As elsewhere, the objective is to "try to save the Christmas holidays", explained the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

In Italy, the government has imposed in recent days what the media qualify as "semi-confinement": a curfew in several large regions, the closure of bars and restaurants at 6:00 p.m., as well as that of sports halls, cinema and concert.

According to the Italian press, the government plans to announce Monday a lockdown of the country's major cities, starting with Milan and Naples.

"The epidemiological curve is still very high", declared the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, follower of a generalized containment. "Either we fold it, or we are in deep trouble."

European countries are the third most affected region with 10.46 million cases, behind Latin America and the Caribbean (11.3 million cases) and Asia (10.57). Globally, more than 46 million human beings have been affected, of which nearly 1.2 million have lost their lives.

The United States have recorded nearly 77,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, the day after a national record (94,000), according to the count from Johns Hopkins University. They are the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 230,556 deaths for 9,127,109 cases recorded.

01/11/2020 15:02:48 - Madrid (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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