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Coronavirus cases around the world have already passed, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally, 31 million people and the death toll is approaching 961,000.

Restrictions and fear of new confinements increase in Europe in the face of the second wave of coronavirus. Spain, the country with the most cases in the EU, has in Madrid the epicenter of the pandemic, where as of this Monday there are 850,000 people with limited freedom of movement. Meanwhile, the UK warns that you are at a “critical point”.

Fear of the second wave of the virus on Monday caused sharp falls in European stock markets, such as Frankfurt (-4.37%), Milan (-3.75%), Paris (-3.74%), Madrid (-3 , 43%) and London (-3.38%). The Euro Stoxx 50, the index that groups together the largest companies in the euro area, has dropped 3.74%.

Coronavirus cases around the world have already exceeded, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally, the 31 million people and the death toll is close to 961,000.

The south of Madrid began this Monday with strong measures to limit mobility, affecting 850,000 inhabitants spread over six districts, especially in the south, and seven other municipalities in the region.

This semi-confinement, in the most depressed and most populated areas of Madrid, means that it will only be possible to leave the affected areas for essential activities, like going to work, attending college, or caring for an elder.

In addition, other measures come into force, such as the limitation of meetings to six people, the reduction of capacity to 50%, while the wakes are limited to fifteen people outdoors and ten in closed places, the capacity of places of worship is reduce at 33% of maximum capacity and parks and gardens are closed.

The Spanish Ministry of Health notified this Monday 31,428 new cases of coronavirus since last Friday, 2,975 confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 671.468 and that of deaths to 30,663, with 168 more deaths during the weekend and 311 in the last 7 days.

The President of the Spanish Government, the Socialist Pedro Sanchez, and the conservative Isabel Díaz Ayuso, regional president of Madrid, met this Monday to coordinate the aid to stop the spread of the epidemic in the autonomous community of Madrid.

Both administrations will draw up a “special plan” for Madrid, with more additional means of tracking the virus, disinfection, logistics, health, and reinforcing hospital capacity.

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing across the UK. Daily infections can come 50,000 and deaths more than 200 per day in mid-October if measures are not taken to contain the coronavirus, the Government’s scientific director, Patrick Vallance, said on Monday.

Cases of the disease are doubling every seven daysBut without restrictions, the speed of the pandemic’s spread will skyrocket, Vallance explained in a presentation together with the government’s medical director, Chris Whitty.

These two experts, the Executive’s main scientific advisers, met over the weekend with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Minister Matt Hancock to assess the worrying progress of COVID-19 in the country, where more than 40,000 people they have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn warned of the danger that the increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe ends up affecting Germany and he put Spain as an example of a place where the pandemic “is not under control.”

In an interview on the national public radio “Deutschlandfunk”, Spahn said that what concerned him was “the dynamics” of Germany. But specially “in our immediate neighborsLike France, Austria, the Netherlands, all these countries have a much higher incidence than ours and a dynamic, for example in Spain, that seems to be not under control, “he added.

At the moment Munich is also pointing to the restrictions. The head of the Bavarian Government, Markus Söder, announced the intention to reduce the number of private events, increase the use of the mask and restrictions on consumption of alcohol in public places to contain the growing number of cases in Munich.

Söder stressed the need for react to contagion figures that in the Bavarian capital they are “too high”. On Sunday, Munich had reached 55.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.


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