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UK News Europe scrambles to contain rise in coronavirus cases

14:35  21 september  2020
14:35  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

North East lockdown: 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and ban on household mixing

  North East lockdown: 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and ban on household mixing New local restrictions are being introduced in northeast England - including a 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and a ban on people mixing with others outside their household. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the measures in a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday morning after the government's talks with North East councils and local MPs.They will come into force from Friday in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham.

Political pressure is growing in Europe for governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the The targeted locations have a 14-day rate of transmission above 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, some of the highest in Europe .

European markets continue to slide after new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Austria, Switzerland and Croatia. Topline: The growing outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy has been linked with new cases of the pneumonia-like virus in three neighboring European countries, and in Brazil

A woman talks to a healthcare worker before getting tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The country coped well with the first wave of the coronavirus infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases last week. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © Provided by Associated Press A woman talks to a healthcare worker before getting tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The country coped well with the first wave of the coronavirus infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases last week. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

BERLIN (AP) — Political pressure grew Monday in Europe for governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent's struggling economies.

New lockdown restrictions begin in North East as Lancashire expected to follow

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The new cases in Britain are linked to cases in France, according to the French health authorities which all trace back to a group of British citizens staying in a chalet in the Alpine village of Les Public Health England confirmed that two of the cases of coronavirus in Britain were health care workers.

Iran has been scrambling to contain the coronavirus outbreak since it announced the first two deaths in the city of Qom last week. "These rapid developments over the weekend have shown how quickly this situation can change," the health commissioner for the European Union, Stella Kyriakides, said in

A local police stops a vehicle at a checkpoint in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) © Provided by Associated Press A local police stops a vehicle at a checkpoint in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday with the president of the Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, to coordinate a stronger response to the outbreaks as the country struggles to contain a second wave of the virus.

A woman gets tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The country coped well with the first wave of the coronavirus infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases last week. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © Provided by Associated Press A woman gets tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The country coped well with the first wave of the coronavirus infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases last week. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to combat Europe’s fastest coronavirus spread.

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More cases are now reported every day in Europe than in China at its peak, the WHO says. Europe is now the "epicentre" of the global coronavirus pandemic, the head of the World Health His comments came as several European countries reported steep rises in infections and deaths.

Where are cases and deaths rising ? A number of regions have seen new coronavirus cases rise over the last few months, with India driving numbers in Asia. The rise in infections comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy, but the surge is also a reflection of

The measure has been met with protests from people who think the restrictions are stigmatizing the poor.

Some 860,000 residents are affected by the new heightened restrictions, having to justify their trips out of their neighborhoods for work, study or medical reasons. Parks are closed and shops and restaurants have to limit their occupancy to 50% in the affected zones.

The targeted locations have a 14-day rate of transmission above 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, some of the highest in Europe. COVID-19 has killed at least 30,000 people in Spain since the start of the outbreak, according to the country’s health ministry.

A woman wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) © Provided by Associated Press A woman wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The police controls on Monday are for two days only for informational purposes, but authorities say that enforcement will be mandatory starting from Wednesday and that those not justifying their trips will face fines.

The Latest: India maintains surge, adds 93,300 new cases

  The Latest: India maintains surge, adds 93,300 new cases NEW DELHI —India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Saturday raised the nation’s caseload to more than 5.3 million out of the nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,247 more people died in the past 24 hours for a total of 85,619. The country has over a million active cases with about 80% recovery rate. India has been reporting the highest single-day rise in the world every day for more than five weeks. It's expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States.

The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed around the world passed 100,000 on Friday as Iran reported a sharp rise in cases and threatened to use force to stop people travelling between cities. In Italy, Europe ’s worst-affected country, the death toll rose by 46 to 197, and the number of

Italy was racing Monday to contain the first major outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in Europe , prompting fears that the international community is losing the battle to prevent the virus from becoming a full-scale pandemic.

In the Czech Republic, Health Minister Adam Vojtech resigned Monday amid a record rise of coronavirus infections, saying his move should create space for a new approach to the pandemic.

The country coped well with the first wave of the infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases. On Thursday, the Czech Republic recorded more than 3,000 new cases, a figure not seen since March.

Commuters at the subway station in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) © Provided by Associated Press Commuters at the subway station in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Police in the Spanish capital and its surrounding towns are stopping people coming in and out of working-class neighborhoods that have been partially locked down to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The Czech Republic has had a total of 49,290 infected with 503 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Britain’s top medical and scientific advisers delivered a sobering assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic to the public on Monday, amid expectations the government is preparing to announce new measures to control rising infection rates.

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Global coronavirus cases cross 1.5 million, 2.4 million Californians have applied for unemployment Banks are scrambling to process a growing backlog of applications for the U.S. program designed to funnel at In the U.S., the number of daily increases in coronavirus cases has fallen since Friday

Regional spikes in coronavirus cases hit restaurant spending, Bank of America says. Vice President Mike Pence said five new documents from the CDC will contain guidelines that are not as Russia reported 6,509 new coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing to total to 707,301, the fourth

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance warned that infection rates are going in the “wrong direction’’ and the U.K. faces a challenging winter.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson huddled with ministers over the weekend to discuss the government’s reaction. Analysts expect the government to announce a slate of short-term restrictions that will act as a “circuit breaker” to slow the spread of the disease.

A healthcare worker has his protective suit disinfected at a sampling station for COVID-19 in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The country coped well with the first wave of the coronavirus infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases last week. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © Provided by Associated Press A healthcare worker has his protective suit disinfected at a sampling station for COVID-19 in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The country coped well with the first wave of the coronavirus infections in the spring but has been facing a record surge of the new confirmed cases last week. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also met Monday with members of her “coronavirus Cabinet” to discuss measures aimed at preventing a second wave.

Health Minister Jens Spahn said he was concerned by the current momentum of the outbreak, particularly in neighboring countries such as France, Austria and the Netherlands.

“All of these countries have several times (the number of cases per capita) than we do, significantly higher infection numbers and a momentum that in the case of Spain seems to have slipped away and is therefore out of control,” Spahn told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

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A municipal worker sprays disinfectant on a pavement as a man wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus walks at Ermou Street, Athens' main shopping area, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Greece is tightening restrictions in the greater Athens region, stepping up testing and creating quarantine hotels due to an increase in COVID-19 infections after Athenians returned from their summer holidays. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) © Provided by Associated Press A municipal worker sprays disinfectant on a pavement as a man wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus walks at Ermou Street, Athens' main shopping area, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Greece is tightening restrictions in the greater Athens region, stepping up testing and creating quarantine hotels due to an increase in COVID-19 infections after Athenians returned from their summer holidays. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, warned that conditions could worsen as temperatures drop in the coming weeks and people spend more time indoors.

“I have to honestly say that this reminds me a bit of developments in March, when we initially thought is this going to affect us or not,” he said. “I would counsel caution, not to exaggerate but to be careful.”

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Aritz Parra in Madrid, Danica Kirka in London, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Karel Janicek in Prague contributed to this report.

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