Sports Curfews, re-containment: Europe is protecting itself, France exceeds one million cases

04:05  24 october  2020
04:05  24 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Daily virus cases are hitting records around Europe , with France ’s coronavirus cases jumping by 41,622 on Thursday. Against that backdrop, authorities are expanding a curfew beyond large cities, with some 46 million people told to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Friday at midnight.

France has put at least 46 million of its residents under curfew in 54 departments and one It is serious in Europe , it is serious in France ," said Prime Minister Jean Castex at a press That means, health minister Olivier Véran said, there are more than 1000 new cases every hour of the day and night.

  Couvre-feux, reconfinement: l'Europe se protège, la France dépasse le million de cas © Supplied by Le Point

The countries of Europe toughened measures on Friday in the face of a second wave of the epidemic of coronavirus, with containment and curfews, but contaminations are reaching records, as in France which has exceeded one million cases.

WHO has sounded the alarm again: "too many countries" in the northern hemisphere are recording an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases. Result: hospitals and intensive care units are close or have exceeded their capacity limits, "and we are only in October", the organization warned.

Across the European continent, the number of cases exceeds 8.2 million and more than 258,000 people have died from the new coronavirus.

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Coronavirus curfews in France will be extended to include some two-thirds of the population, with That means 46 million out of the country’s 67 million population will be barred from leaving their The country has found itself in a “serious situation” due to the second wave of the coronavirus and that is

France had a record 41,622 cases overnight as the second wave of the virus continues to take hold in Europe . The French curfew , which runs from 9pm to 6am, will begin at midnight Spain was the first Western European country to reach one million total cases , while France isn't far off with 999,043.

The situation is particularly serious in France, which on Friday passed the threshold of one million cases of Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic, and the situation continues to deteriorate with 42,032 new cases of Covid-19 recorded during the day, a new record since the generalization of large-scale testing.

Faced with this outbreak, the government has extended the night curfew (9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.), which will affect from Friday midnight 46 million people in Paris and in the main cities, i.e. two thirds of the population, for six weeks.

The French health authorities now fear a second wave "worse than the first" and have said they are considering local re-containments, while trying to avoid a general re-containment.

"Ready for this new battle"

In Belgium , a new turn of the screw was given Friday by the government for sports and recreation, nevertheless disappointing the experts who demanded a new reconfinement.

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France reached one million Covid cases just one day after Spain surpassed the troubling milestone. Ireland on Thursday became the first European country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown, with the government asking residents to stay within a three-mile radius from their homes.

Spain became the first in western Europe to surpass the milestone after the latest daily recorded Despite the higher number of asymptomatic cases found through improved testing, the pressure is Two Italian regions, Lombardy and Campania, are rolling out curfews to try to stem the flow of cases .

The authorities of the five provinces of Wallonia, the French-speaking part, however decided Friday evening to toughen the measures decided at the federal level and the mayors of the 19 municipalities of Brussels will decide on Saturday whether they follow the movement. Belgium would then be divided in the fight against the pandemic.

Because already in Belgium, as in several countries, doctors and nurses see with anguish approaching this second wave.

"On Wednesday, we almost reached the maximum number of cases of the first wave", notes Christelle Meuris, infectious disease specialist at the Liège hospital. But at the time, a notable difference, the Belgians had been confined for more than three weeks.

In Portugal, where the epidemic is showing galloping figures, hospitals are also getting ready for battle.

On the sixth floor of the Porto hospital, reserved for the most critical cases, the nurses are busy calmly around undressed patients, connected by cables and pipes to a series of devices and flashing screens. "We are tired, and it shows in our teams, but we are ready for this new battle," said head nurse Patricia Cardoso.

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In the United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe (more than 44,000 dead), Wales (more than three million inhabitants) is re-fined from 6 p.m. Friday until November 9. Non-essential businesses will be closed.

According to John Sally, owner of 'The Deep' pub in the Welsh capital Cardiff, "these new restrictions will potentially lead to layoffs".

In England, half of the population, some 29 million inhabitants, now lives under more or less strict local restrictions.

Manchester, in the north-west, has been on maximum health alert since Friday morning. Its 2.8 million inhabitants can no longer meet between different homes and bars and pubs not serving food are closed. The South Yorkshire region will suffer the same fate overnight from Friday to Saturday.

Ireland, for its part, has reconfined its entire population for six weeks since midnight Wednesday, closing non-essential businesses. But the schools remained open.

In Italy, Lazio, the region of Rome, becomes the third in the country, along with Lombardy and Campania, to establish a curfew.

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France ’s second wave of coronavirus could be worse than the first, the boss of Paris public hospital group AP-HP said on Friday as the country registered a record number of daily cases . With pressure on hospitals rising fast, France has expanded a 9pm to 6am curfew to cover 46 million people, more

France managed to control the first outbreak by introducing a national lockdown. It then opened bars and restaurants in the summer, and allowed foreign tourists to visit as part of an effort to boost the ailing economy. Schools reopened and universities began teaching classes in person in early autumn.

Denmark, for its part, announced a strengthening on Monday of its measures to restrict gatherings and the extension of the wearing of masks.

Electoral stake

In Spain, which has officially passed the milestone of one million cases of coronavirus, the head of government Pedro Sanchez estimated on Friday that the real number "exceeds three million". Shortly before, several regions had announced further tightening of restrictions, calling on the central government to impose a nighttime curfew.

Greece's two main cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, will also be subject to a nighttime curfew from Saturday.

The situation is also worsening in Eastern Europe. "All of Poland will be in the red zone" on Saturday, with partial closure of schools and restaurants, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.

The Czech Republic, where the rate of contaminations and deaths is the worst in Europe over the last two weeks, has established partial containment until November 3. Health Minister Roman Prymula was caught walking out of a restaurant which his own administration said should have been closed without wearing the mandatory mask.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar tested positive for coronavirus after completing a tour of the Baltic countries, where he met his counterparts, while the country announced partial containment from Saturday.

The pandemic has killed at least 1,139,406 people around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Friday.

On the research side, the clinical trial of the experimental vaccine developed by AstraZeneca with the British University of Oxford has resumed in the United States, the only country where it was still suspended following the onset of a disease at a participant.

The vaccine has become an electoral issue in the race for the presidency of the United States, and Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Friday promised that it would be "free for everyone" as part of his national plan to fight the pandemic, if elected.

23/10/2020 22:54:35 - Paris (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Virus: Europe is re-fining itself, revolt in the air .
© Provided by Le Point 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.

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