Covid-19: Europe affected by re-containments and new restrictions

The restrictions are tightening day by day in Europe in an attempt to curb the pandemic which has already killed 250,000 there and has infected 40 million people worldwide, including more than 2.5 million in the last seven days, the highest figure. high over a week.

Le Figaro takes stock this Tuesday, October 20 on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the world.

  • In France, more than 2,000 patients in intensive care

The number of patients currently in intensive care exceeded 2,000 people on Monday, a threshold that had not been reached since May, according to official figures, which also show 146 deaths in 24 hours. At the peak of the epidemic, in April, more than 7,000 patients were hospitalized in sheaves, a number which fell sharply until the end of July, before gradually rising. The curfew, which prohibits all travel in Paris and 8 metropolises from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., has given rise to 3,019 verbalizations since Saturday, according to the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin.

  • Over 40 million cases worldwide

The pandemic has killed at least 1,114,499 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to a latest report established by AFP. More than 40 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed. Iran recorded 337 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, a daily record. Canada crossed the 200,000 case mark on Monday and is approaching 10,000 deaths, according to official figures. Argentina, on Monday, crossed the threshold of one million people infected with the new coronavirus since March, according to official figures.

  • Containment in Ireland and Wales

Ireland and Wales on Monday became the first territories in Europe to resolve to containment in the face of the second wave of the new coronavirus. In Ireland, the entire population will be reconfigured from the night of Wednesday to Thursday, announced its Prime Minister Michael Martin. The measure will take effect for six weeks and schools will remain open. Wales will be subject from Friday to a two-week lockdown, the hardest measure introduced in the United Kingdom since the first wave in spring.

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  • Navarre and Burgos partially cordoned off

In Spain, the Navarre region will be partially cordoned off from Thursday, as will more and more Spanish cities, like Burgos, which will be added to the list on Tuesday evening. As of Tuesday, meetings will be limited to six people, while bars and restaurants will have to close at 10 p.m. Cinemas, theaters and bookstores will have to reduce their attendance to 30% and supermarkets to 40%.

  • Curfew in Belgium and Slovenia

In Belgium, cafes and restaurants are closed for a minimum of one month. A curfew is established between midnight and 5 a.m.

Slovenia will adopt a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. this evening. Gatherings will be limited to 6 people and travel between the 12 regions of the country prohibited. Since Monday, only elementary students can go to class.

  • New restrictions in Switzerland

In Switzerland, spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 people in public space have been banned since Monday, wearing a mask is compulsory in closed spaces accessible to the public, private events of more than 15 people are regulated. The canton of Bern again bans demonstrations of more than 1,000 people.

  • Restrictions in Austria and Romania

In Austria, gatherings will be restricted to six people indoors and twelve outdoors, apart from funeral ceremonies. The number of spectators is limited to 1000 indoors and 1500 outdoors. In Romania, the capital Bucharest imposes the wearing of a mask, including in open spaces, from the age of five. Schools close for at least two weeks, offering online lessons only.

  • First interconnected tracking apps in the EU

Coronavirus case tracing applications from Germany, Ireland and Italy are now interconnected as part of a system that could affect a total of 20 European countries.


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