AGI – Anti Covid closures multiply in Europe. With different measures from country to country, restrictions on people’s lives are returning to stem the second wave of coronavirus that is sweeping the continent. No one has yet decreed a total lockdown, but mini lockdowns are proliferating, aimed above all at putting a stop to nightlife, with stops at bars and restaurants. But there are also school closures and curfews. Here is a map of the
Northern Ireland closes schools and pubs
Northern Irish Prime Minister Arlene Foster has announced new restrictions to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. The schools will close for two weeks, until November 2nd; pubs and restaurants will close for a month, with theexception of the take away service, allowed until 11.00 pm. The measures will start on Friday and include, according to the Guardian, the limit of 10 people at meetings, the stop to indoor amateur sports, the limit of 25 participants at weddings (from 19 October) and at funerals; unnecessary travel is also not recommended.
Germany: Merkel proposes a crackdown
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will ask for a new tightening on measures to stem the coronavirus infection at today’s summit with the presidents of the Lander. This is what emerges from the draft of a document which France Presse has seen. With the growth of new Covid cases, Merkel intends to lower the threshold necessary to trigger the new restrictions from 50 to 35 infections per week, which would include an extension of the occasions when it is mandatory to wear a mask and further limits for private gatherings. The president of Bavaria foresees a new national lockdown if there are no “unified, mandatory and understandable” measures. For the first time in 10 years the population is falling and according to experts the main cause is to be found in a reduction in immigration due to the pandemic.
Austria: never so many cases since the start of the pandemic
Austria, with 1,346 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, has set the new record of daily accounts since the beginning of the pandemic. The capital Vienna remains the Land with the highest number of cases, 402, followed by Upper Austria with 234, Tyrol with 184 and Lower Austria with 139. Currently there are 5,467 positive cases in Austria. Overall in Austria the people who tested positive for the swab are 58,672 out of 532,801 tests performed, 872 died (278 in Vienna alone) and 45,846 recovered. Currently 654 people are hospitalized and 112 of them are in intensive care. The governor of Tyrol, Guenther Platter (OeVP), given the considerable increase in cases, argues that “further measures will be necessary, we are in a difficult situation again ”. Platter is concerned that “Germany may introduce a five-day quarantine for those returning from holidays in Austria”, stating that “this would be fatal for tourism”.
France towards new restrictions, 25,000 volunteers per vaccine
Despite the reduction in the number of new cases, the situation remains serious in France, and as many as 25,000 people have applied to test the new vaccines, ten days after the appeal of the French health authorities. Yesterday there were 12,993 new cases and 117 deaths, 257 new hospitalizations and 55 more patients in intensive care units. The new measures could include some sort of night curfew in the most affected areas. Waiting for the president’s TV interview.
The Mayor of London calls for a new squeeze
British government under pressure after being accused of ignoring expert advice three weeks ago, in favor of more restrictions to block the surge in coronavirus cases, 17,234 and 143 deaths today. For the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, a new squeeze in the capital is “inevitable”.
Spain: around 900 thousand infections, no alarm has been lifted in Madrid
For the Minister of Health, the circumstances do not exist to lift the state of alarm in force since last Friday in the Community of Madrid. Yesterday 2,759 new infections were notified, bringing the total to 896,086 since the beginning of the pandemic. There are 80 new deaths, for a total of 33,204. 9 municipalities in the Madrid region remain in partial lockdown, including the capital.
Curfew in some regions of Belgium
The Belgian provinces of Walloon Brabant and Luxembourg have imposed a curfew from one in the morning to six in the morning to stem the increase in infections from Covid. In Belgium the incidence of infections is equal to 423 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. The situation in Brussels is particularly serious, where the incidence is 801 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Russia: new record of infections, 13,868
In the last 24 hours, 244 deaths related to the disease were also recorded.
Holland: 7,000 cases, bars and restaurants closed
In the Netherlands, a partial lockdown will start tomorrow to stem the increase in coronavirus infections. This was announced by the prime minister, Mark Rutte, after the country has registered over 7,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. In detail, from 10 am all bars, restaurants and coffee shops will close and the sale of alcohol and marijuana will be prohibited after 8 pm. Gatherings of more than 4 people will be prohibited, both outside and inside the house.
Poland: contacts with infected, premier in quarantine
“I discovered that on Friday I had contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19. So, following the health procedures, I put myself in quarantine”, announced Mateusz Morawiecki.
Czech Republic: bars and restaurants close
From today to November 3. Stop also alcohol in public places.
An EU recommendation on traffic restrictions
The EU Council has adopted a recommendation “for a coordinated approach to limiting freedom of movement in response to the pandemic. The recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and interruptions and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses”. The recommendation states that “any measure that limits the freedom of movement to protect public health must be proportionate and non-discriminatory and must be withdrawn as soon as the epidemiological situation allows it”.