US News Covid-19: confinements and curfews in Europe, shaken by the second wave

19:45  22 october  2020
19:45  22 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Total confinement in Ireland , partial in Czech Republic , local curfews in Italy and elsewhere , "very serious" situation in Germany with a record of contaminations: the Europe takes the full brunt of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The continent exceeded 8 million cases and 256,000 deaths on Thursday, according to a report established by AFP.

Hailed for its good management of the first epidemic wave in the spring, Germany (nearly 9,900 dead) recorded nearly 11,300 new cases in 24 hours, a record since the appearance of Covid-19. "The situation has become very serious overall," Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute for Public Health Surveillance (RKI), said Thursday.

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The authorities have enacted assembly bans, a southern Alpine canton is almost confined, the mask compulsory in certain streets of Berlin ...

Chancellor Angela Merkel solemnly called on her fellow citizens on Saturday to "stay at home" as long as possible, because "what will be winter, what will be our Christmas, will be decided in the days and the weeks to come".

Same story in Ireland, where to hope "to celebrate Christmas properly", according to Prime Minister Micheal Martin, the harshest measures in Europe came into force on Wednesday at midnight: the entire population is reconfined for six weeks, the non-essential businesses closed, but schools will remain open.

Wales will follow suit on Friday at 6:00 p.m. for two weeks. In the rest of the United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe (44,158 dead), more or less severe restrictions affect 28 million English people, including London, and pubs and restaurants are closed in Northern Ireland.

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The British government made up its mind on Thursday, for the third time in a month, to step up aid to companies affected by the restrictions.

Semi-confined Czechs

The Czech Republic, which has by far the largest number of new cases and deaths per 100,000 inhabitants over the last two weeks, sets up partial confinement on Thursday until November 3: travel restrictions and contacts, closures of all non-essential stores and services.

Other countries have opted for a nighttime curfew, such as Belgium, where cafes and restaurants have closed for a month and where the authorities speak of a situation "much worse" than in the spring. Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès, infected with Covid-19, was placed in intensive care.

In France (more than 34,000 dead), where the situation is even worse than in Germany, more than 20 million people, including Paris and its region, as well as eight metropolises, are confined between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. from the Loire department will also be from Friday midnight until dawn, and the authorities should extend the measure to other cities on Thursday in the face of the outbreak of contamination (more than 26,000 new cases in 24 hours).

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"The hour is serious (...) The epidemic has flared in the vast majority" of the country, worried Thursday the Minister of Health Olivier Veran.

The famous Strasbourg Christmas market (east), which attracts two million visitors each year, has been canceled, as were those in Paris and Bordeaux, or even in Germany, Cologne and Friborg.

In the north of Italy, Lombardy, economic lung and the most affected region of the country, will impose the curfew from Thursday evening between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for three weeks. Campania, in the south, will follow from Friday evening. For a week, Italy has recorded more than 10,000 new contaminations per day.

"Tired, contaminated, sick"

The poorest country in the EU, Bulgaria decided on Thursday to make the mask compulsory in busy outdoor spaces. The Minister of Health, Kostadin Anguelov, was alarmed by the situation of the medical staff: "They are all tired, a large part of them are contaminated, sick, some are in intensive care. We need help" .

The situation also continues to worsen in Spain (34,366 dead), which has become the first member of the EU, and the sixth country in the world, to cross the milestone of one million cases of coronavirus, with nearly 17,000 new in 24 hours.

Covid-19: part of Europe is closing in the face of the resurgence of the

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Faced with the resurgence of cases, the Spanish authorities had to urgently impose new restrictions, with the partial closure of a dozen new towns, including Zaragoza, and certain regions.

Poland could also be affected by a tightening of sanitary measures. Its Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wants to extend to the whole country the restrictions which entered into force last week on almost half of the territory.

Vaccine: first death

Hopes for an effective vaccine were clouded by the death of a volunteer in Brazil from complications related to Covid-19. The latter, a 28-year-old doctor from Rio de Janeiro, had participated in the tests of the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford against Covid-19 in Brazil.

This is the first death of a volunteer taking part in testing for one of the many ongoing vaccine trials around the world.

Oxford assured that phase 3 of the tests of this vaccine, developed with the laboratory AstraZeneca, would continue, an independent committee having concluded that they did not present a risk for the health of the volunteers.

Some 20,000 volunteers took part in these tests in several countries, including 8,000 in Brazil.

The pandemic has killed at least 1,133,136 people around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Thursday. More than 41,304,020 cases of infection have been diagnosed.

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with at least 222,220 deaths and over 8.3 million cases, followed by Brazil (155,403 deaths), India (116,616) , Mexico (87,415) and the United Kingdom (44,158).

22/10/2020 14:58:00 - Dublin (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Coronavirus. The Czechs castigate their government .
© AFP / Michal Cizek A demonstration against the restrictions yesterday in Prague. The return of drastic measures, up to the reconfinement, arouses protest movements. In Italy, but also in Prague. As in Italy and Catalonia, with each new round of restrictions its protests. On Wednesday, October 28, the Czech authorities deployed hundreds of law enforcement personnel to the capital in anticipation of rallies against the curfew going into effect that evening.

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