The second wave of the coronavirus is also affecting the countries of the rest of Europe, which are being forced to impose new restrictions and even make future plans to try to keep the pandemic under control.
This is the case of Italy, which already plans to extend the state of emergency again, which ends on October 15, until after Christmas and into 2021. The Government is going to ask in Parliament that the new extension ends on January 31 in order to be able to quickly face new situations thanks to urgent decrees that allow the implementation of any necessary measure in this period of pandemic.
According to the Italian media, the situation of the pandemic has made the experts of the technical scientific committee created to advise the Government recommend extend this exceptional measure at least the first months of autumn-winter and the Government will request it, as confirmed by President Giuseppe Conte.
The neighboring country registered 2,548 cases of coronavirus on Thursday in the last 24 hours, which is the greater increase in infections since last April, and also added 24 deaths, according to data released by the Ministry of Health. With this latest increase, the total number of infections rises to 317,409 since the crisis began. To find a similar increase in infections, from 2,500 in just one day, We must go back to April 23, when 2,646 cases were confirmed.
The Italian Government declared a state of emergency as early as January 2020, when autochthonous cases had not yet been detected as a measure to maintain caution and alertness, from which it was renewed.
Germany also re-registered this Thursday 2,503 new infections in the last 24 hours, after 1,798 a day earlier, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology, which represents figures similar to those of April, although far from the peaks reached between March and April, when more than 6,000 were recorded. daily cases. The total number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country at the end of January stands at 291,722, with 9,500 fatalities, twelve more in one day.
Among the new measures that the neighboring country is studying are the limitation of capacity in meetings both outdoors and in closed spaces, also groups of people or the limitation of the sale of alcohol, and even the use of a mask outdoors is considered.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom, with a new record of daily cases of more than 7,000 infections, is studying adding new measures once it is verified whether the current ones are being effective or not. For now, it maintains strict restrictions in the areas with the highest incidence of the coronavirus with more lax regulations in the rest of the territory, such as the closure of restaurants and premises at 10 p.m. and meetings of a maximum of six people. In the riskiest areas, in the northeast of England, they are all indoor gatherings banned since last Wednesday of people who live in different addresses. These measures could last until next spring, so the Christmas celebrations could be written off.
The worsening of the health situation in Paris has placed the French capital in the crosshairs of the authorities, which are considering new restrictions as of Monday, such as the total closure of bars and restaurants, if this evolution is confirmed. Five other cities are also in the spotlight: Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne, which could also be considered next week as high-alert zones, a classification that currently only affects Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and the Guadeloupe archipelago.
That scale applies when the incidence rate exceeds 250 positives per 100,000 inhabitants between the general population and the 100 cases among the elderly, as well as when 30% of the beds in the ucis are occupied by COVID-19 patients. In Paris, that limit has been exceeded for 24 hours, with 263 and 105 cases respectively and an occupancy rate of around 35% in intensive care units, but if that dynamic settles, the Executive warns that it will be forced to resort to those greater controls.
In Russia, the fourth most contagious country in the world, after the United States, India and Brazil, the cases are already 1,167,805, with more than 8,200 in one day, and the deaths exceed 20,500. The epidemiological situation of the country has forced close primary and secondary schools, including sports training centers – but not kindergartens – in Moscow for two weeks, from October 5 to 18. During this period there will also be no distance education.
For its part, in Poland (with more than a thousand daily infections, up to a total of about 90,000 and about 2,500 deaths), in the most affected areas bars and restaurants must close at 10 pm.