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Across much of Europe, the Middle East and beyond, the coronavirus appears to be making a resurgence, and countries are making tough choices that challenge officials to do what’s best for public health. Many leaders are loath to pay a political and economic price for renewed lockdowns. But such tightened restrictions appear to be the logical next step at a time when growing clusters of COVID-19 cases have returned with no mercy.
'Very serious situation' unfolding in Europe, WHO warns, as cases rise dramatically
"Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March," the WHO's regional director for Europe said Thursday."We have a very serious situation unfolding before us," WHO's regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said Thursday in a press briefing on the epidemiological situation in the region. "Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.
In the UK, authorities arein large swaths of central and northern England that will prevent households from mixing and force dining establishments to close early in the evening. Public transport will only be available in certain cities for essential purposes. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC hospitals are about every eight days.
With France fighting to contain the spread, President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that the country’s response needs to be “.” Spain is contending with a massive explosion in cases, , that rivals the staggering number of infections seen in the spring. And Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said greater Athens would see gradually reimposed bans, including mandatory mask use .
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In the Middle East, Israel is marking the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, with athat will confine people to within a half-mile of their homes. Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan admitted that Ankara needed to quickly . And an Iranian senior health official covering the whole nation, with a huge jump in new cases and fatalities.
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Taiwan scrambled fighter jets and deployed an air defense missile system Fridaythat had crossed a sensitive line over the Taiwan Strait, as a top US envoy visited the disputed island. With tensions escalating, Beijing said it was just to “protect its sovereignty.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has issued new rules. The tech bans will take effect Sunday on services used by over 100 million people in the US alone, in a sweeping action “to protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” accodring to a statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. While previously installed TikTok apps will still be usable, . The restrictions on WeChat starting Sunday will ban while using the app within the US. Similar restrictions are to go into effect for TikTok starting Nov. 12.
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