Worldwide, more than 38 million people are infected with the new coronavirus and nearly one million 100,000 have died as a result of the contamination, and the World Health Organization has warned that the death toll could rise significantly as a result of the new explosion. cases, which is currently taking place in Europe. There are around 100,000 new cases in Europe every day, the most dramatic increases being in the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Russia. And everywhere new strict measures are being taken to limit social life, in an attempt to control the spread of the new coronavirus.
On Wednesday night, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that for at least four weeks, night traffic would be banned in Paris and eight other major cities. Since Saturday, October 17, the inhabitants of those cities have been banned from driving between 9 pm and 6 am. Those who work after 9 pm or at night will need special permits from their respective employers. In case of violation of the restrictions, a fine of 135 euros is provided, as well as for not wearing the mask in public. Recidivism is sanctioned with 1,500 euros. No traffic restrictions will be imposed between various cities or regions of France, especially since the traditional autumn holiday of students begins on the weekend and the authorities have encouraged going on holiday to France.
However, Emmanuel Macron asked his compatriots not to sit “more than 6 at family or friends’ meals” and to wear a mask, even at home, if the security distances between those present cannot be maintained. The next session of the European Parliament, scheduled for October 19-22, will not take place in Strasbourg due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will be organized in a videoconference system, the institution’s president, David Sassoli, announced on Friday, according to AFP.
Meanwhile, French prosecutors searched the homes and offices of Health Minister Olivier Véran on Thursday as part of an investigation into the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in France. In Catalonia, northern Spain, restaurants and bars are closed for two weeks. Spain has one of the highest infection rates in Europe, with almost 900,000 cases of coronavirus infection and over 33,000 Covid-19-related deaths. The Netherlands has taken similar measures with France, to which is added a restriction on the sale of alcohol and the obligation, in some places, to wear a mask outdoors. On Wednesday, the Dutch organized public parties outside, in the squares, on the terraces and in special tents, as a kind of prohod of freedom, but all happening in ignorance of the most elementary measures of social distancing.
Czech authorities have also imposed a partial quarantine between October 14 and November 3 to stop the spread of coronavirus infections. The number of new cases a day had reached almost 10,000 on Tuesday in the last 24 hours. Schools, bars and restaurants were closed, and student dormitories were temporarily closed and alcohol was banned from the public.
In Ireland, citizens will no longer have the right to visit each other, and the regions on the border with Northern Ireland will have to close bars and restaurants from Friday, school holidays will be extended to two weeks, shops will no longer could sell alcohol after 8 pm, and gatherings with more than 15 people, except for authorized sporting events, will be banned. London is tightening restrictions on limiting the spread of coronavirus starting Friday night, and will move to “level 2” of the lockdown.
The inhabitants of the British capital will no longer be able to meet or socialize with people other than those with whom they live together neither in their own home nor in any public space. The authorities’ general urge is to avoid non-essential travel, although bars, restaurants and shops will remain open until 22:00. Moscow will send students to primary schools to replace vulnerable teachers, while Russia has a record number of new coronavirus cases.
The European Commission warned on Thursday that EU member states are unprepared for a new wave of COVID-19 infections and has recommended joint measures to bring new vaccines to market when they become available, Reuters reports.
“While the evolution of the pandemic is returning to March levels, our state of readiness is not,” said Margaritis Schinas, the EC’s vice-president for promoting Europe’s way of life.
He called on member states to adopt a common strategy for the new phase of the pandemic and to avoid “cacophony” of the various national measures that characterized the first months of the crisis on the European continent.
Europe registers approximately 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 daily, almost double the value in the United States, where more than 51,000 new cases are recorded every day.
Testing for COVID vaccines is advancing, with the first doses available, according to the World Health Organization, later this year. In this context, Brussels is asking Member States to prepare vaccination plans. Health policy is an area of national competence in the EU, and the European Commission can only make recommendations for joint action.
Hospitals and vaccination centers should have sufficient staff, trained and equipped, the EU executive warned. Vaccines should be available primarily to the most vulnerable, including health care workers, long-term care workers, people over the age of 60, people with chronic illnesses, workers in key sectors and people. from disadvantaged socio-economic categories.
According to an estimate made by the European Commission in July, the number of people belonging to “priority categories” could exceed 200 million, out of a total EU population of 450 million inhabitants.