Faced with the runaway pandemic in Europe, which has recorded more than 11 million cases, new countries on Tuesday imposed a turn of the screw: the Netherlands tighten containment, Austria lives under curfew and Hungary reimposes the state of emergency when part of Greece closes shops and restaurants. In France, the re-containment is not yet making its effects felt: nearly 3,900 patients are now hospitalized in intensive care or intensive care, while the number of deaths continues to increase.
- More than 850 deaths announced in France
The number of deaths continues to increase, once again exceeding the bar of 400 deaths in 24 hours, according to figures from Public Health France on Tuesday. In addition, 428 deaths have also been recorded in nursing homes or medico-social establishments (EMS) during the last four days. The number of people in shifts is 3,869, with 469 new admissions in 24 hours.
The pandemic has killed more than 1.206 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Tuesday. More than 46.9 million cases have been officially recorded, of which more than 31.1 million have been cured. Europe is the continent where the pandemic is progressing the most currently and has passed the eleven million case mark, according to a count made by AFP from official sources on Tuesday 284,148 deaths were recorded there.
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- New restrictions in Europe
TheItaly will be subject to a curfew on Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It will only be possible to circulate during this period for work or health reasons that must be justified. Other measures will come into force: all high schools will have to switch to distance education and museums will be closed; shopping centers will be closed on weekends and on public holidays; public transport cannot accept more than 50% of the total passenger capacity.
Most of the Portugal entered a new confinement on Wednesday, lighter than that of spring. 70% of the 10 million inhabitants are affected. Teleworking has become compulsory, but schools remain open, as well as shops and restaurants, which must however close their doors earlier, as well as cultural spaces.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday announced a tightening of restrictions on Netherlands since mid-October, with the closure of museums, cinemas and other places open to the public for two weeks.
The Hungary establishes a state of emergency and imposes a curfew, since midnight Tuesday, to cope with the increase in Covid-19 cases which threatens to saturate hospitals, said Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Several other European countries have imposed new screw turns that entered into force on Tuesday: theAustria lives under curfew and limits social life, after the terrorist attack that hit Vienna on Monday evening, while the most populous regions of Greece, including Athens, have closed non-essential businesses and restaurants.
A summit of EU heads of state and government will be held on November 19 on Covid by videoconference.
- Ukraine “close to a disaster “
Ukraine is “Close to a disaster” health due to the meteoric progression of the epidemic, the lack of beds and medical staff, the Minister of Health warned on Tuesday. “We have crossed the point of no return and are close to a catastrophe”Maksym Stepanov told MPs, warning that “The worse is yet to come”.
- The euro zone fears a recession
Eurozone economics ministers on Tuesday warned of the risk of a recession linked to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, calling for maintaining growth-friendly fiscal policies. “It is the service sector and in particular tourist accommodation, culture and leisure that will be the hardest hit”, underlined the European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni.
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- Massive and rapid screening in Liverpool
The city of Liverpool will benefit from a massive coronavirus screening program, which could be extended to support deconfinement if successful, a first in England. From Friday, the estimated 500,000 residents, as well as those who work in the city, will be offered regular and rapid screenings, whether or not they show symptoms.