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.
In the last 24 hours, Germany 4,325 new cases and twelve deaths, compared to 5,587 infections on Sunday and the record of 7,830 positives registered on Saturday. Germany has applied new restrictions on its citizens to contain the contagion of covid. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, met last week with the heads of government of the 16 German federal states to coordinate new measures against the worsening of the pandemic.
Despite the fact that the chancellor proposed some framework measures, the so-called ‘landers’ are in charge of formalizing and specifying the measures to be taken in each territory. Among some of the proposals, restrictions have been introduced such as the closing of bars and restaurants from 23:00 hours and the prohibition of 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.
The Government of Austria has tightened the current limitations on Monday due to the increase in people infected by the disease, which already stand at almost 66,000 in the country. The new rules put the focus, above all, on social gatherings. Thus, the Austrian authorities they have banned private meetings with more than six people indoors and more than twelve outdoors.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has pointed out that the rule applies “everywhere” and has listed restaurants, gym classes, birthday parties or weddings, for example. The only exception is funerals and sports, according to ‘Die Presse’. Likewise, only events with people seated and wearing a mask, which cannot be removed at any time. The number of people allowed indoors will be one thousand, while if the event has outdoor venue may attend a maximum of 1,500 people.
President Emmanuel Macron approved last Wednesday a battery of new measures to stop the advance of the covid. The president once again declared the “state of health emergency” in the country and with it restricted the right of assembly and mobility of citizens. Also, in France there is currently a curfew in force between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The penalties range from a fine of 135 euros for a first violation of the norm up to 3,750 euros and even up to six months in prison for those who repeatedly violate the curfew. The Government imposed the curfew due to the worsening of the health situation, which has worsened even more in recent days in many of the parameters that measure the impact of the pandemic. The maximum number of new cases was reached Saturday, with 32,427, and despite the slight decrease on Sunday (29,837).
After activating on October 7 the level three for the whole country, Three other counties bordering the British province of Northern Ireland last Thursday were at four. With the new restrictions, either in a level four or five smoothed, bars and restaurants will remain open but may only serve outside to a maximum of 15 people, while all non-essential businesses will close.
Likewise, all family gatherings will be prohibited and visits to other addresses will not be allowed, while citizens will only be able to leave their respective counties to work, study or for “other essential purposes.” In this way, the Government wants to keep open primary schools and nurseries, key to avoid a catastrophic decline in economic activity. The latest official figures published this Sunday indicated that there were three new deaths in the previous 24 hours, raising the number of deaths to 1,852, while 1,283 new ones were detected. infections, up to a total of 49,962.
The Italian Government has avoided take tougher steps to curb infections, despite the fact that the curve has shot up in recent weeks and has transferred the responsibility to the mayors to close the busiest areas of nightlife, which has not pleased many councilors. The mayors may take this measure from 9:00 p.m. local time if they detect that in a certain area an agglomeration of people is generated, as in the areas of nightlife, According to the last decree approved this Sunday by the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte.
The new decree, valid until November 13, it is issued when Italy registers about 11,000 daily infections, but “curfews” or closure of activities were avoided. The only new modification to the other decree approved on October 13, is that from now on restaurants, ice cream parlors, bars, Pubs or bars that do not have tables for service must close at 18.00.
The authorities of Manchester and the British Government continue their contacts on Monday to decide whether that city in the north of England should enter a stricter level of restrictions due to the increase in covid-19 cases. The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, refuses to place its city at the highest level of restrictions – 3-, if the central government does not make a financial contribution to help businesses that are forced to close to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, decreed this Monday a two-week lockdown starting next Friday from 17:00 GMT to “slow down” the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of covid-19 cases is growing in that region, putting “pressure” on its health services, and the “R” number now stands at 1.4, with around 2,500 infections daily. On Sunday, another 16,982 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, while they registered 67 deaths.
The Czech Army began this Monday with the installation of a field hospital at the Prague-Letnany fairgrounds, an establishment that will be able to accommodate 500 patients with covid-19 in mild condition, but with a pathological evolution that will require hospitalization, reported the public chain CT24. The Czech Republic, with 828 accumulated infections in the last fourteen days per 100,000 inhabitants, is the worst hit in the European Union by the pandemic, which has caused 1,422 deaths and a total figure of about 100,000 active infections.
He closing of schools (except for nurseries), bars and restaurants it remains in effect for two weeks, and authorities have asked university students to leave campus. The government has extended the mask mandatory at all public transport stops Y it has banned the consumption of alcohol in public spaces as well as gatherings of more than six people.
The General Directorate of Health of Portugal (DGS), has confirmed this Sunday 1,856 new infections of coronavirus in the country and 19 more deaths, below Saturday’s figures (2,153 cases) and Friday’s record (2,608 cases), but still extremely high figures within the historical profile of the pandemic in the country.
Portugal continues immersed in the state of calamity, the maximum level of alarm that the Executive can decree without parliamentary approval. Meetings are limited to a maximum of five people in public spaces and also in restaurants and family events such as weddings or baptisms, attendance may not exceed 50 people.
The Swiss Government has announced this Sunday a new battery of measures to stop coronavirus infections that will come into force on Monday and that prohibits concentrations of more than 15 people in public places or the use of mask for over twelve years in all buildings open to the public.
In addition, the use of a mask in public transport is expanded in such a way that now it will also be mandatory to use it in train stations. train, bus and airports. Likewise, the use of a mask is imposed in shops, educational centers, churches and cinemas. Switzerland accumulates 74,422 cases and 2,123 deaths from coronavirus. The latest data confirm a radical increase in cases: on Friday the record for daily infections was broken with 3,105 confirmed positives.