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World Lockdowns Return to Ireland and Wales in Europe’s Virus Response

11:40  20 october  2020
11:40  20 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Ireland imposed some of the most severe pandemic restrictions in Europe as countries across the region battle to overcome the virus . Ireland Returning to Lockdown ; Trump Rips Fauci: Virus Update. Wales Is Heading Into a Two-Week ‘Fire-Break’ Lockdown on Friday.

Yet, unlike many other European nations, Ireland does not plan to shut down schools. "In the effort to suppress the virus , we've already introduced what is probably Europe ' s strictest regime," Prime Back in spring, it also imposed one of the longest lockdowns in Europe and eased the restrictions at

(Bloomberg) -- Ireland and Wales announced renewed lockdowns and Italy’s financial center sought a curfew, as Europe steps up efforts to regain control of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Germany, tensions rose with parliamentary leaders sparring with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration over efforts to contain the spread of the disease. New cases in Europe’s largest economy rose to a record on Tuesday, and the first German region imposed stringent curbs.

Ireland imposed some of the most severe restrictions in Europe, with non-essential stores, bars and restaurants forced to close for at least six weeks. Travel will be further restricted, with people told to stay within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of their home. Wales is following suit for two weeks, and Milan is headed toward restrictions on movement.

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The new coronavirus lockdown will take Wales back to the restrictions introduced in March, with most businesses shutting, and people being told to The letter, first published by political blogger Bubble Wales and verified by Sky News, said "pubs, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers etc - will all be closed".

A decision on a "short, sharp" national lockdown across Wales is due to be announced later. Talks are to resume on whether Greater Manchester will enter the highest level of Covid restrictions. A further 16,982 people tested positive for the virus in the UK as of Sunday, with a further 67 deaths.

“The evidence of a potentially grave situation arriving in the weeks ahead is too strong,” Prime Minister Micheal Martin said late Monday in a televised address from Dublin. “Further action is now required.”

Europe is reviving lockdowns in some areas as piecemeal curbs have made little impact in slowing contagion rates. The continent has recorded more than 200,000 fatalities from the disease, which has infected 4.9 million people since the start of the pandemic.

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In Italy, the government is due to authorize a request by the region of Lombardy, which includes the financial capital Milan, to proceed with a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Other regions are also considering such a move, according to Italian media reports.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, national responses have been varied, and have included containment measures such as lockdowns , quarantines, and curfews.

In response , the Government of Fiji ordered the lockdown of the city on 20 March with closures of In England, the slogan changed to "Stay Alert, Control the Virus , Save Lives" and those who could work from home, including specifically construction and manufacturing workers, were encouraged to return to work Meanwhile, Scotland, Wales , and Northern Ireland retained "Stay home, Protect the NHS

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is clinging to the idea that incremental measures can be enough, as Europe’s leaders seeks to protect public health while not causing lasting damage to the economy.

In the U.K., Wales announced a two-week lockdown, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted he doesn’t want similar measures across the border in England. Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home between Oct. 23 and Nov. 9, and all pubs, restaurants and non-essential retail outlets will be closed.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s government set a deadline of noon Tuesday for political leaders in Manchester, northwest England, to agree to tighter restrictions or face new rules being imposed against their will, the latest sign of Europe’s fraying political unity.

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In Belgium, the hardest-hit country in Europe behind the Czech Republic, all restaurants, bars and cafes in the country will remain closed for four weeks, starting on Monday. A curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. will also take effect.

Wales to become first European territory to re-enter lockdown

  Wales to become first European territory to re-enter lockdown Wales will become the first territory in Europe to reimpose a full lockdown later this week, after First Minister Mark Drakeford announced Monday that the nation would shut down for two weeks to reduce a surge in coronavirus cases. Approximately three million residents in Wales will be told to stay at home from Friday, except for very limited purposes such as exercise or employment, and cannot mix with each other indoors or outside under the new "firebreaker" measures.

Ireland has announced new restrictions in three regions amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. Prime minister Micheal Martin said this will apply to the counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly, in response to a "deep and urgent threat.'' The restrictions came into force on Saturday and are set to last for two weeks.

Across Europe , lockdown measures are being lifted cautiously, in phases. The three Baltic states - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - became the first countries in Europe to allow free However, parts of northeastern Spain returned to phase two of lockdown easing in June after an outbreak of the virus

German Bickering

Even with Germany losing grip on the virus, authorities bickered over who has the power to take control. The president of Germany’s lower house of parliament, Wolfgang Schaeuble, made proposals on Monday for a stronger participation of the Bundestag in the decision-making process.

The public debate over this topic shows that “the Bundestag has to make clear its role as legislator and as a public forum to prevent the impression that the fight against a pandemic is exclusively left to the executive and judiciary,” Schaeuble wrote in proposals sent to the parliamentary caucuses, according to German media reports.

Claudia Roth, a vice president of Germany’s parliament and a member of the Green party, took particular issue with Health Minister Jens Spahn’s push to extend special rights to make policy without lawmaker input to beyond March 2021.

“It can’t be that a minister insatiably wants more authority,” Roth said on Deutschlandfunk radio.

Spahn pushed back, saying lawmakers have and will continue to have a role to play.

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“We’re not talking about despotism or chance here that the federal government and the federal minister or the regions have these powers,” Spahn said Tuesday in an interview with ZDF television. “These are legal foundations, approved by the Bundestag. This is not high-handedness.”

The spread caused the first region in Germany to enter lockdown. The alpine district of Berchtesgadener Land near the Austrian border -- a popular tourism destination with about 106,000 people -- will close schools, shutter sports and leisure activities and confine people to their homes unless they have a “solid” reason to leave.

“If we stand up to the pandemic, we can come out of this stronger,” said Bernhard Kern, the district’s administrator, adding that a further increase in infections “is to be feared.”

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