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Restrictions on coronavirus will take effect in the Netherlands, Britain, the Czech Republic and other parts of Europe on Wednesday as countries try to reverse the alarm in new cases. The continent now sees more new coronavirus cases – an average of 100,000 a day – than at any other time during the pandemic.
Bars, restaurants and schools are closed or severely limited, and staff are working to strengthen hospital capacity to accommodate the expected influx of new patients with COVID-19.
The numbers that showed signs of takeoff in late August and September are now rising in the sky. Last week, Europe reported more than 700,000 new cases of coronavirus, a jump of 36% a week, according to Reese Oxner of NPR.
Infection rates in Europe “rise from 77 days”, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said in its latest weekly report on the European Economic Area and the UK
Here is an excerpt from the situation in Europe:
IN France, President Emmanuel Macron used a national television interview Wednesday night to announce the start of a night shift in Paris and eight other densely populated areas in an attempt to control the coronavirus in so-called “emergency health zones.”
Curfew will run from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am for the next four weeks, starting on Saturday. Anyone who violates curfew will receive a fine of 135 euros (nearly $ 160) for the first violation. The second violation would result in a much more severe fine of 1,500 euros – about $ 1,760
“I’m not talking about infanting people,” Macron said, according to France24. “We are taking proportionate measures.”
Italy reported its largest one-day number of new cases on Wednesday, with more than 7,300 cases – easily surpassing the terrible heights the country reached in March. The boom comes a day after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree imposing new restrictions on gatherings, sports and school activities. Bars and restaurants are still open until midnight, but only if they offer table service.
IN Spain, the regional government of Catalonia orders all bars and restaurants to close on the spot, saying they can only sell the goods on offer for the next 15 days. Shopping areas, theaters and gyms will have to operate at reduced capacity. That’s the only way to prevent an even deeper stop, officials say.
“We are facing difficult times; we must act today to avoid a blockage in the coming weeks,” said Vice President Pere Aragones, adding that health statistics in the region were “very worrying”.
““This is the first time that one of Spain’s autonomous regions has taken such drastic measures to combat the pandemic since the state of emergency ended in mid-June and control of the health system returned to regional governments,” Lucia Benavides told NPR in Barcelona. “According to the new rules of the Spanish Ministry of Health, all municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants that meet certain criteria must be limited. None of Catalonia’s cities fall into this category – but they are not far away and Catalan leaders say they want to prevent another blockade. “
European Center for Disease Prevention and Control
The Czech Republic, badly affected by the new coronavirus wave, closed schools on Wednesday. Restaurants and bars are closed to all but export orders – and they can only be open until 8pm, according to Radio Prague International.
“With the highest number of infections in Europe per capita, the Czech Republic is also canceling non-essential medical procedures to maximize hospital capacity,” Esme Nicholson told NPR in Berlin. “The Czech Republic quickly imposed its first lock in March and it was the early introduction of a face mask, a measure that had previously helped level the curve.”
To make matters worse, the coronavirus has infected nearly 5,000 health workers – and in this vital sector, the number of sick staff is doubling every 10 days, according to RPI.
The Netherlands accepts partial blocking due to an increase in new cases. The government said Tuesday, “the coronavirus has been given too much room to spread again.”
Restrictions close all food and beverage establishments except delivery orders. No more than four people from different households can gather, indoors or outdoors.
Schools and public transport will continue to operate, but everyone over the age of 13 must wear a face mask indoors and on public transport.
United Kingdom introduced a three-tier warning system on Wednesday, which will group different regions of England under restrictions in an attempt to avoid a recurrence of a national blockade. So far, the only region under “very high” concern is Liverpool – where people have taken advantage of the last few hours before the restrictions to have fun on the streets.
These photos Disgrace our city, attacking our brave police officers is unacceptable. Our health service squeaks, 300 in hospital and 30 people dead in a week oring the signing of these facts is the reason we are in level 3 measures. Https://t.co/WIW12AuAhr
– Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) October 14, 2020
“These photos are embarrassing our city,” Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said on Twitter, responding to photos of the large number of people gathering between the closure of the pubs at 10pm and the new restrictions at midnight.
Noting that some people in the crowd attacked a police car, Anderson called the violence “unacceptable.”
“There’s a reason our city is level 3 for # Covid19,” Anderson said later Wednesday. “The level of infection is at very high levels and is beginning to affect our hospitals – both for the virus and for other diseases such as cancer.”