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The maps that indicate the high contagion areas begin to take on dark tones again, while governments seek solutions to avoid a new round of total lockdowns.

The maps of Europe that indicate the areas of high contagion of coronavirus begin to take on dark tones again, while governments look for solutions to avoid a new round of total confinements, even implementing unpopular measures like school closings, bars and gyms.

The Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands joined Spain as the main sources of infection on the continent during the current rally in COVID-19. Russia and many other nations follow the same disturbing trend. France has declared a curfew in Paris and other regions, and will reimpose a state of health emergency, which facilitates the application of additional controls if necessary.

Broadly speaking, medical centers are better prepared than during the first wave of the pandemic. But many healthcare professionals are frustrated by what they perceive as a ineffective leadership of the authorities, who have tried to protect public health and at the same time help the struggling economies.

European nations, and even regions within the countries themselves, are applying completely contrasting strategies. In one area, bars are seen as hotbeds, while on the other side of the border or in city limits, it is schools that are perceived as breeding grounds.

Here is a look at the main aspects of the virus in Europe:

Czech Republic chose to close schools on Wednesday in order to reduce a cumulative rate of 521 infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days, the highest in Europe.

“I apologize to the school principals. I apologize to the parents for the permanent uncertainty. But it is necessary to do it and do it quickly. ” said Czech Education Minister Robert Plaga.

The unpopular move was necessary to avoid a collapse in the healthcare system, Health Minister Roman Prymula said during a nationwide speech on Tuesday, which was seen by nearly a third of the country.

Prymula said the number of infected teachers and education employees Has skyrocketed since September to add 4,500 cases, which is even higher than the number of health personnel who have become ill from the virus. Students account for 16% of infections, more than any other group, the official said.

The number of hospitalized patients has doubled in two weeks and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek warned that hospitals they could reach full capacity by the end of October.

North Ireland He also focused on the education system by unveiling the strictest restrictions against COVID-19 across the UK on Wednesday, ordering the closure of schools for two weeks and the closure of bars and restaurants for a month.

In the Granada region of Spain, authorities ordered all college-level classes are carried out exclusively online, while the nightlife was unchanged.

“It saddens me deeply that bars are valued more than university education,” said Pilar Aranda, rector of the University of Granada, in statements to the newspaper El País. “They leave the bars open and close the classrooms, seminars, laboratories and libraries. ”

Liverpool, in the north of England, became the first city in which they came into force on Wednesday government restrictions more stringent contemplated in a three-tier system that forces the closure of taverns and bars that do not sell food.

The looming restrictions caused chaotic festivities on Tuesday night in Liverpool, where drinkers took to the streets to dance and provoke police as taverns closed. Images of the rallies flooded social media, including a video of a crowd hitting a police vehicle.

“Such images shame our city, it is unacceptable to attack our brave policemen,” Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said in a tweet. “Our health service is on the edge, 300 hospitalized and 30 dead in a week. Ignoring these facts is the reason why we are in phase 3 of the measures.

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