Lockdown has become an increasingly common word used by Europeans, with Rome imposing night travel restrictions, while the Czech Republic has implemented measures that are just one step away from total spring quarantine. Ireland also restricts travel just 5 kilometers from home.
Spain, which has a population of about 47 million, has surpassed the one-million-mark mark after registering nearly 17,000 new infections on Wednesday. Thus, it becomes the sixth state in the world to exceed one million cases, along with the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Argentina. The first known case of coronavirus was reported by Spain on January 31.
Spain was the second European state, after Italy, to be hit hard by the pandemic in the spring, but after imposing the toughest restrictive measures and bringing the pandemic under control, it had to relax measures to restore the economy, especially by encouraging tourism. , an extremely important sector for budget revenues.
But by the end of August, the numbers had returned to more than 10,000 cases a day, and hospitalizations had risen by 20%, which had also increased mortality. No fewer than 218 deaths were announced on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, a court opposed the government’s desire to impose a partial quarantine in the capital, Madrid. Instead, the central government declared a state of emergency for 15 days in Madrid.
There are almost a million cases in France, which registered another 27,000 infections on Wednesday. The French government wants to be able to apply traffic, assembly and closure restrictions until at least April 1, 2021, according to a bill presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.
More than 15,000 cases have been registered in Italy, and Rome will re-impose quarantine at night, as will the regions of Lombardy and Campania. Lombardy, which was Europe’s first major outbreak in March, is facing an accelerating rise in infections and is likely to return to a critical spring.
A record number of new cases was reached on Wednesday in Germany, which reported 11,287 new cases. Although infection rates are lower than in most of Europe, they have accelerated rapidly as the weather has cooled, with more politicians warning that stricter social distancing measures will be needed if the trend continues.
Among those infected is Jens Spahn, the German Minister of Health.
The Czech Republic, Europe’s strongest hit by the second wave, set a new record of 14,968 cases on Wednesday, and the government decided to close most stores and tightened restrictions such as restricting travel to work only. medical visits and buying food and limiting groups to two people. The measures bring the Czech Republic just one step away from total spring quarantine.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Poland has doubled in less than three weeks and now exceeds the 200,000 threshold. A new daily record of 10,040 reported cases was set on Wednesday.
Hungary registered 1,423 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 50,180
“The virus is spreading rapidly in Europe,” the government’s website reads, adding that the Budapest executive intends to keep the economy running and not let the virus paralyze everyday life.
In the face of the new SARS-Cov-2 virus record recorded a month ago, Greek doctors fear that the public health system will no longer be able to cope with an escalation of cases expected for the heavier months, November and December, in full flu season.
The president of the Association of Physicians of the Hospitals of Athens and Piraeus, Matina Pagoni, urged the citizens to wear protective masks not only indoors, but also on the street. Speaking to private television company Skai, Pagoni said that if the current epidemiological pace is maintained, several regions will be isolated in November and December.
The first quarantine of this second wave was applied last week in the Kozani region, in the north of the country, so far the only one on red alert.
“We are in a very difficult phase and who has not believed so far, even if it is a minority, to enter an intensive care unit or a hospital to see what is happening,” said Pagoni.
In Athens, two out of three beds in intensive care units are occupied by a patient with COVID-19.
Ireland has moved from midnight to the highest alert level and will impose restrictions similar to those in the spring. The Irish will be able to travel just 5 kilometers away from home, except for commuting to work or essential activities. The measures are valid for six weeks, but may be reviewed after the end of the fourth.
However, schools and kindergartens in Ireland will remain open, and performance sports and construction work will continue despite the epidemiological context.
The leaders of the 27 member states of the European Union were summoned to a summit in videoconference system, on October 29, in which they will discuss the evolution of the pandemic.