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Week after week, European countries outperform their own record numbers of infections Covid-19 and governments choose to tighten the measures, already strict, to try to appease the incessant growth of the curve of this second wave. The measurements of social containment or the extension of the mandatory use of the mask increasingly limits the lives of the citizens of the affected areas.

Germany

After registering a total of 5,132 new infections of coronavirus, the highest level since April, Germany has applied new restrictions to its citizens to contain the contagion of the covid. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, meets this Wednesday with the heads of Government of the 16 German federal states to coordinate the new measures that will soon come into force against the worsening of the pandemic.

Despite the fact that the chancellor will propose some framework measures, the so-called ‘landers’ will be in charge of formalizing and specifying the measures to be taken in each territory. Some of the proposals have included restrictions such as the closing of bars and restaurants from 23:00 hours and the prohibition of the sale of alcohol from the same time. In addition, Merkel has asked to extend the mandatory use of the mask, Until now, only mandatory in closed spaces in areas where the contagion rate reaches 35 cases per 100,000 people for seven consecutive days, instead of 50 per 100,000, as stipulated until now. Likewise, a mandatory quarantine has been imposed for all travelers who intend to enter the country from areas classified as “risky” as of November 8.

Portugal

The Portuguese Government has raised this Wednesday the level of alarm in the country before the worrying evolution of the pandemic after overcome the barrier of 2,000 infections for the first time in the last 24 hours. As of this midnight, Portugal will go from a state of contingency to state of calamity, the maximum level of alarm that the Executive can decree without parliamentary approval. Meetings will be limited to a maximum of five people in public spaces and also in restaurants, something that until now was allowed for groups of up to 10 people, while at family events such as weddings or baptisms, attendance may not exceed 50 people.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has registered in the last 24 hours the second highest figure since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country with a total of 8,325 new cases of coronavirus precisely on the day that some restrictions approved this week have come into operation to bend the curve. He closing of schools (with the exception of nurseries), bars and restaurants It will be effective in the Central European Republic from today for two weeks. The country accumulates an incidence rate of 524 cases in the last fourteen days per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest figure in the European Union.

Authorities have asked college students to leave campus and have extended the The mask is compulsory at all public transport stops. Furthermore, the consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned and the number of people who can gather indoors has been limited to six. On November 3, the state of alarm decreed on October 5 expires, although presumably the government will extend the restrictions again.

United Kingdom

This Wednesday the United Kingdom has released the package of measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, last Monday in Parliament. According to the new organization, the country has been divided into incidence zones that classify the different territories in three intensities. This scale implies movement and gathering restrictions depending on the incidence rates of each territory, forcing the most punished territories, such as Liverpool, with the closure of bars and pubs and with the prohibition of people from different homes interacting indoors.

They have also agreed on the closure of gyms, leisure centers, casinos, gambling halls and adult game stores. Still, most of England is in the lowest level of this scale, which implies the prohibition of meetings of more than six people and the closure of hotel and catering establishments from ten o’clock at night, but government health officials plan to meet this Wednesday to decide whether other areas of northern England, such as the so-called Gran Manchester, Lancashire and other areas must enter the third level to limit the movement of the population.

North Ireland

Also this Wednesday the autonomous government of Northern Ireland announced new restrictions after chaining a week with more than 800 infections daily in a country of 1.9 million inhabitants. The measures presented include the restriction of the hours of operation of bars and restaurants, the limitation of meetings, the closure of hairdressers, new rules in supermarkets and the commitment to teleworking and distance learning.

France

President Emmanuel Macron will speak this Wednesday about the situation in the country and will possibly announce New measures in an interview broadcast on television. According to local media, the president could declare a “state of health emergency” in the country and thereby restrict the right of assembly and mobility of citizens. In the country there are already 1,633 people in intensive care and with respiratory assistance for covid-19, with the national capacity of 5,000 beds and the incidence rate of the virus has increased, in 15 days, by 50%.

Italy

Italy is immersed in the middle of the second wave, although the country seems to have arrived late compared to other European countries that quickly passed ahead in the numbers of infections, this Wednesday it registered the highest number of new cases since the pandemic began last March. Faced with this inevitable circumstance, which has been preceded by a daily increase in cases, the Government of Giuseppe Conte has adopted new restrictions in the last week, including the mandatory use of a mask outdoors, and has asked citizens for “sacrifices” to avoid a new generalized confinement.

Specifically, other 7,332 positives among the more than 152,000 tests that have been carried out in the last 24 hours, which are also a record number. Until now, the record of daily infections was reached on March 21, with 6,557, although that day only slightly more than 26,000 tests were carried out.

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