Millions of Europeans are facing severe new restrictions on coronavirus as governments stepped up efforts to slow the rise in infections after the World Health Organization reported a “very alarming” rise in cases in Europe in a week.
From Saturday night, Paris and several other French cities are under night curfew, which will last at least a month. England bans mixed household gatherings in the capital and other areas, and Italy̵
The need for action in France was highlighted as the country reported another record for new cases, with more than 32,000 registered in 24 hours.
Global cases of the disease, which has killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide, have exceeded levels seen in the first wave earlier this year, when many countries resorted to national blockades to tackle the crisis.
In addition to the death toll, the pandemic has caused social and economic chaos around the world.
The United States, which suffered the worst casualties with more than 218,000 deaths, on Friday revealed a record deficit of 3.1 trillion. dollars in the fiscal year ended September 30.
He also announced that the number of cases there has exceeded 8 million, while global daily infections have also set a new record.
In an effort to stem the alarming rise in infections and hope to return to full blockages, many governments have tightened measures to control the spread of the pandemic – even if some dissenters are fighting in court.
Some 20 million people in the Paris region and eight other French cities faced curfews from 9pm to 6am on Saturday as cases escalated into what has once again become one of the biggest hotspots. in Europe.
Many restaurant owners are unhappy with the blow their business will receive.
“Closing at 9pm will have no effect (on the epidemic),” said Gerard, a restaurant manager in Toulouse. “They’re not attacking him the right way.”
Great Britain is the worst affected country in Europe, with more than 43,000 deaths out of almost 700,000.
But as the government tightened restrictions there, banning indoor meetings between members of various households in London and several other English cities, there was growing criticism from some neighborhoods.
Under the new measures, about 28 million people – half of England’s population – are now subject to severe social restrictions.
Some officials in the north-west of England have objected to placing their cities at the highest level of a new three-tier warning system.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that local restraint policies could not be “painless”.
But the hope is that these measures will be enough to start another full lock.
Northern Ireland meanwhile, it closed pubs and restaurants on Friday for a month and extended school holidays.
GermanyChancellor Angela Merkel has urged citizens to stay at home whenever possible, after 7,830 cases have surfaced in 24 hours.
“What winter will determine and our Christmas will be decided in the coming weeks,” she said in her weekly podcast address.
But a court in Berlin on Friday overturned the order to close restaurants and bars earlier, the latest legal failure for efforts by German national and local governments to curb the transmission of the coronavirus.
IN Italy, the wealthy northern region of Lombardy, hardest hit by the first wave of the virus in February, has ordered all bars to close at midnight.
Slovakia announced on Saturday that it would test anyone over the age of 10 for a virus as infections increased there.
“The testing will be free,” Prime Minister Igor Matoviche told reporters in the country of 5.4 million, without specifying whether it would be mandatory or voluntary.
Poland,, Czech Republic and Belgium have announced daily record loads.
In the Czech Republic, the government has asked the army to set up a 500-bed field hospital outside Prague.
Belgium will impose its own curfew, from midnight to 5 am, on Monday, and will also close cafes and restaurants for four weeks.
And Poland has closed schools and colleges in major cities, while restaurants will have to close from 21:00.
In other developments:
Austria,, Slovenia and Hungary all announced an increase in cases – in Slovenia, the mandatory wearing of masks in open public spaces came into force on Saturday.
The number of victims in Iran has crossed the 30,000 mark, the health ministry said on Saturday.
Israel is preparing to ease some restrictions on Sunday ‘s lock in the first phase of cuts last month.
Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents in the kingdom to perform prayers at one of Islam’s most sacred religious sites, the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, for the first time in seven months, state television reported early Sunday.
New Zealand, which twice eliminated the virus, reported its first local case in 22 days.
The French collectivity of Wallis and Futuna in the South Pacific recorded its first case of an entire pandemic.
Saudi Arabia allow its citizens and residents in the kingdom to perform prayers in one of the most sacred religious sites in Islam, the Al-Haram Mosque in Soft, for the first time in seven months.
With Agence France-Presse