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World Italy imposes harshest coronavirus restrictions since spring lockdown as second wave sweeps Europe

21:50  25 october  2020
21:50  25 october  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Italy became the latest European country to announce new restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus on Sunday as countries across the continent continue to report surging infections.

A waiter wears a mask while working Sunday at a bar in Rome. © Yara Nardi/Reuters A waiter wears a mask while working Sunday at a bar in Rome.

France on Saturday announced more than 45,000 new infections, a daily record. Germany, widely lauded for its initial handling of the virus, reported a surge of its own. The number of coronavirus cases in Poland has doubled in less than three weeks. And Spain has also imposed new restrictions.

“The pandemic is spreading rapidly again, even faster than at the start of it more than half a year ago,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in her weekly video podcast.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the new restrictions as the country reported a record 21,273 cases on Sunday. Beginning Monday, restaurants and bars will be required to close by 6 p.m., and gyms, pools and movie theaters must shut down entirely. The restrictions are the fourth round of tightening this month in Italy, and the most severe since the country lifted its nationwide lockdown in May.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks Sunday during a news conference on new measures against the coronavirus. © Yara Nardi/Reuters Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks Sunday during a news conference on new measures against the coronavirus.

Despite a months-long shutdown in the spring, when the country suffered thousands of deaths, a health care system overloaded, and bodies piling up in hospital wards, it’s clear the fight is far from over.

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Italy had 1,208 covid-19 patients in intensive care on Sunday — more than on March 9, when Conte announced the lockdown.

“These are difficult days,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Sunday, according to the Associated Press. “The curve of contagion is growing in the world. And in all Europe the wave is very high. We must react immediately and with determination if we want to avoid unsustainable numbers.”

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Europe appeared to beat back infection rates during the summer. But as economies have reopened and colder weather pushes people indoors, several countries are now reporting case numbers that are eclipsing records set in the spring.

Numbers have soared in the Czech Republic, which in recent days has requested additional ventilators from an emergency European stockpile, closed its borders to tourists and imposed a new lockdown. The country recorded 12,472 new cases on Saturday; more than 250,000 people in the country of 10.7 million have now contracted the virus.

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a building lit up at night: A street in downtown Prague lies empty on Friday. © Petr David Josek/AP A street in downtown Prague lies empty on Friday.

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The sweeping national rules in several countries suggest a growing belief that initial efforts by European leaders to avoid reimposing economically punishing lockdowns in favor of regional restrictions focusing on virus hot spots might not be enough.

On Thursday, Ireland became the first European country to go back under national lockdown.

a group of people sitting at a table in a restaurant: A couple kisses on the terrace of a restaurant in Paris on Friday before a nightly curfew. © Francois Mori/AP A couple kisses on the terrace of a restaurant in Paris on Friday before a nightly curfew.

Increased testing could account for some of the surge. The number of hospitalizations and deaths have not returned to the levels of the spring in most countries.

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But hospitalizations, too, are on the rise. Poland turned its largest athletic stadium into a field hospital to free up capacity just days before the country’s leader tested positive for the virus. Spain’s hospitalizations jumped in the past two weeks by 20 percent nationally and 70 percent in Catalonia, according to Reuters.

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Belgium, which has the second highest infection rate in the European Union after the Czech Republic, reported its hospital occupancy increased by 87 percent in the past week, as the virus has taken a toll on the country’s health care workers, teachers and police.

Loveday Morris in Berlin and Chico Harlan in Rome contributed to this report.

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