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World Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

10:30  23 october  2020
10:30  23 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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ROME (AP) — Curfews were largely expanded Thursday across France, which registered some 41.600 new confirmed virus cases to approach a total of 1 million, while similar overnight restrictions were slapped on Italy’s three biggest cities — Rome, Naples and Milan — as rapidly rising caseloads

France face curfews as authorities try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Europe , where most countries are now imposing or mulling new restrictions on He was seriously sickened with COVID-19 when Italy became the first European country overwhelmed by an outbreak early in the pandemic.

ROME (AP) — Curfews were largely expanded Thursday across France, which registered some 41.600 new confirmed virus cases to approach a total of 1 million, while similar overnight restrictions were slapped on Italy's three biggest cities — Rome, Naples and Milan — as rapidly rising caseloads across Europe prompted tighter limits on everyday ways of life.

A man wearing a face mask carries his dog across the medieval Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. In another desperate attempt to slow the rise of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced a ban on free movement of people in the country and a closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels. At the same time, state offices will limit their opening hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis says those measures should prevent the collapse of the health system in early November. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © Provided by Associated Press A man wearing a face mask carries his dog across the medieval Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. In another desperate attempt to slow the rise of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced a ban on free movement of people in the country and a closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels. At the same time, state offices will limit their opening hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis says those measures should prevent the collapse of the health system in early November. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

In Greece, people in the Athens area and other parts of the country with high infection rates were also ordered to stay off the streets from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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Curfews were vastly extended in France, where Prime Minister Jean Castex said the restriction ordered last week in eight Portugal posted a new record of officially reported daily infections of 3,270 cases . With more than 1 million accumulated coronavirus infections, Spain mulled possible curfews .

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“The aim is to reduce general movement and evening gatherings, which favor the transmission of the virus,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address. “With a little less fun, for a short period of time, we will have better health for a long time.”

Greece on Thursday reported a record 882 new confirmed cases, and 15 deaths. It also became one of a growing number of places in Europe to require mask-wearing outdoors in public.

Shortly after France's prime minister, Jean Castex, announced that roughly two-thirds of the country would have to endure curfews, public health authorities reported that more than 41,600 new virus cases had been registered, a daily high since the country began widespread testing. The nation of 67 million jumped closer to the 1 million infections mark, with 999,043 confirmed cases by Thursday evening.

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Italy's three largest cities and dozens of regions of France face curfews as authorities try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Europe . He was seriously sickened with Covid-19 when Italy became the first European country overwhelmed by an outbreak early in the pandemic.

Governments across Europe have introduced more restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19, with a combination of nationwide and specific In total, over 7 million cases have been recorded in Europe since the start of the pandemic, according to the European Center for Disease Control, with

A journalist takes a picture of beds prepared in a field hospital, which will function as a backup device for patients with coronavirus, in the Letnany neighbourhood at the Prague outskirts, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo via CTK/Roman Vondrous) SLOVAKIA OUT © Provided by Associated Press A journalist takes a picture of beds prepared in a field hospital, which will function as a backup device for patients with coronavirus, in the Letnany neighbourhood at the Prague outskirts, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo via CTK/Roman Vondrous) SLOVAKIA OUT

Said Castex: “no one is spared.”

A midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in Italy's Lazio region, which includes Rome, begins on Friday and lasts for 30 days, under orders from regional governor Nicola Zingaretti. He was seriously sickened with COVID-19 when Italy became the first European country to be overwhelmed by an outbreak early in the pandemic.

The governor of Campania, the southern region which includes densely-populated Naples, on Thursday ordered residents to stay at home from 11 p.m. to shortly before dawn starting the next day. A similar curfew in Lombardy, where infections are particularly surging in its main city, Milan, will go into effect Thursday night.

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Further 38 departments have curfew measures imposed on them in France; Italy breaks cases record for second day in a row; Portugal imposes partial lockdown on three northern municipalities. A woman wearing a face mask walks across the Charles Bridge in Prague on Wednesday.

Coventry will face harsher coronavirus restrictions as it is moved into Tier 2 “high alert” level from Friday. Several more regions are to enter red-alert status, which means that they will have to impose curfews Spain became the first western European country to surpass a million coronavirus cases .

Disco operators staged a protest in Rome on Thursday to highlight the economic woes the late night curfews will deal them.

Italy was Europe's first country to be put under a national lockdown in March. But so far Premier Giuseppe Conte, wary of crippling the country's long-lame economy, hasn't repeated the drastic move — even as daily new confirmed infections hit a record of more than 16,000 on Thursday. Instead, for now, Conte has urged Italians to avoid “unnecessary” movements.

People are ordered to wear face masks and keep distance due to the coronavirus pandemic in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press People are ordered to wear face masks and keep distance due to the coronavirus pandemic in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

But the Czech Republic's government on Thursday re-imposed exactly the same heavy restrictions it slapped on citizens in the spring — and which Prime Minister Andrej Babis had repeatedly said would not be repeated — amid a record rise in infections.

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Global Tracker: Cases pass 41.5 million; deaths exceed 1.1 millionCovid-19 deaths are increasing in the U.S. after months of declineChicago will implement a night-time curfew for non-essential businessesGovernments around Europe began to deploy curfews more widelyPelosi, Mnuchin to

The controversial overnight curfew is aimed at curbing the soaring Covid infection rate in France, which is one of Europe 's coronavirus hotspots. Italy, which was the first European country to be hit significantly by Covid in the first wave, registered a record number of new daily cases on Saturday.

An apologetic Babis said that without the restrictions the nation's health system would collapse in early November. The measures include limits on free movement and the closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels, until at least Nov 3.

Poland broke another record in confirmed new infections Thursday with more than 12,100, and registered nearly 170 new deaths.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggested that, starting Saturday, Poland might be placed under tighter restrictions such as mandatory use of masks in all open public spaces, limits on the number of customers in shops and on public transport, and closing gyms and swimming pools.

A man wears a mandatory face mask as he passes three monkey figures at a shopping street in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press A man wears a mandatory face mask as he passes three monkey figures at a shopping street in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany also reported a new daily record of more than 10,000 infections Thursday, shattering the previous high of 7,830 set five days earlier. Health Minister Jens Spahn, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, was quarantined at home.

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People are ordered to wear face masks in front of the famous Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press People are ordered to wear face masks in front of the famous Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Denmark also notched its highest one-day caseload of COVID-19 infections, 760.

A couple kiss on a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Spain has reported 1 million confirmed infections — the highest number in Western Europe — and at least 34,000 deaths from COVID-19, although experts say the number is much higher since many cases were missed because of testing shortages and other problems. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © Provided by Associated Press A couple kiss on a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Spain has reported 1 million confirmed infections — the highest number in Western Europe — and at least 34,000 deaths from COVID-19, although experts say the number is much higher since many cases were missed because of testing shortages and other problems. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Portugal is banning people from traveling between counties on the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Halloween and All Saints’ Day weekend. The move is aimed at discouraging family gatherings, which are blamed for most of the country’s new infections.

Health Minister Marta Temido said she expected the daily tally to keep climbing in coming days. Portugal posted a new record of officially reported daily infections of 3,270 cases.

Medical residents take part on a protest against their working conditions during a strike in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Spain has reported 1 million confirmed infections — the highest number in Western Europe — and at least 34,000 deaths from COVID-19, although experts say the number is much higher since many cases were missed because of testing shortages and other problems. Banner reads in Spanish: © Provided by Associated Press Medical residents take part on a protest against their working conditions during a strike in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Spain has reported 1 million confirmed infections — the highest number in Western Europe — and at least 34,000 deaths from COVID-19, although experts say the number is much higher since many cases were missed because of testing shortages and other problems. Banner reads in Spanish: "it is not a vocation but exploitation". (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

In Belgium, Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, who as prime minister led the country’s fight against the coronavirus earlier in the outbreak, has been hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19, her office said Thursday. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Elke Pattyn told The Associated Press that Wilmes is conscious and her condition “is not worrying.”

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Dancing schools operators perform in front of the Pantheon as they stage a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads.(Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Dancing schools operators perform in front of the Pantheon as they stage a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads.(Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

With more than 1 million accumulated coronavirus infections, Spain mulled possible curfews.

“It is a reality that in some parts of our country, the epidemic is out of control,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told Spain’s Onda Cero radio.

With a 14-day rate of infection over 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents, more than three times the national average, the northern Navarra region has ordered all bars and restaurants closed and for shops and businesses to open only until 9 p.m. It also banned non-essential travel in and out of its regional borders.

Disco and dance club operators stage a protest against government's order for them to close in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) © Provided by Associated Press Disco and dance club operators stage a protest against government's order for them to close in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Madrid, which for weeks was the hottest pandemic spot in Europe, has been under similar measures for nearly two weeks. And although it has seen a recent stabilization of contagion, Illa said more needed to be done there.

Disco and dance club operators stage a protest against government's order for them to close in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) © Provided by Associated Press Disco and dance club operators stage a protest against government's order for them to close in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a three-tier alert system last week for England. In Wales, a two-week “firebreak” lockdown starting Friday will shutter all non-essential shops and ban most trips outside home.

Ireland's Prime Minister Michael Martin has announced that for the next six weeks all non-essential shops must close, restaurants can only offer takeout, and people must not travel further than 5 kilometers (3 miles) from their homes. Schools will stay open.

Cyprus made mask wearing mandatory for anyone older than 12 in outdoor public spaces after daily infections hit record numbers in the last two weeks.

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Karel Janicek in Prague, Aritz Parra in Madrid, Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, David Rising in Berlin, Lorne Cook in Brussels, Sylvia Hui in London, Jan Olsen in Copenhagen, Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Menelaos Hadjicostis in Nicosia and Elaine Ganley in Paris and Derek Gatopoulos in Athens contributed.

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