Strict measures are taken in several European countries to contain the...

Posted in: 17/10/2020 – 17:55

                European countries adopted several additional measures to contain the acceleration of the spread of the Corona virus, with the continuous increase in the number of infections.  Although the authorities in these countries avoided re-imposing a complete lockdown, strict measures were imposed, from nightly curfews and prohibiting social and family gatherings, to             

From preventing social gatherings in London to nightly curfews in France and closing schools in Poland, a new series of strict measures went into effect on Saturday in several European countries in the hope of stopping the second wave of the Corona virus epidemic.

Last night of freedom in France

In France, he spent Friday evening residents of 12 large cities, including the capital Paris And its suburbs, the last nautical night before the curfew began between 9:00 and 06:00 Saturday. And the imposition of the measure, which will remain in place at least four weeks, with the spread of the virus again in the country.

And more than 25 thousand injuries were recorded in France during 24 hours on Friday. At around 22:00 Friday, the balconies of bars and restaurants were open in the Republic Square in the center of the capital, crowded with young people who were loudly laughing.

On Friday, the French Public Health Agency indicated that the epidemic continues to spread “from the youngest to the oldest,” saying that this development is “very worrying.”

Restrictions on mixing of residents in London

In London, starting from Saturday, it is forbidden to mix with residents anywhere inside the country with people outside. And more than 15,000 new infections were recorded on Friday in the United Kingdom, the country with the largest number of deaths in Europe, at 43,400.

Schools close in Poland

In Warsaw, new restrictions will take effect, as in other large cities in Poland that are considered “red zones”.

Among these measures, the closure of middle and high schools to become remote education, the closure of restaurants at 21:00 and the banning of weddings, while limiting the number of people who could be present at one time in the shops and public transportation. Religious ceremonies will also be limited.

In Italy, ten thousand and ten new infections were recorded on Friday, the largest number recorded within 24 hours in this country.

The closure of restaurants and bars in Belgium

In Belgium, a curfew was imposed from midnight until five in the morning. All cafes and restaurants in the country will have to be closed from Monday for at least a month.

Prime Minister Alexandre de Crowe justified the measures, saying, “The numbers are doubling every week. They are rising dramatically. It is a huge increase.” Beljka is one of the countries with a high mortality rate (more than ten thousand and 300).

Belgian Minister of Transport, George Gilkinet, noted that “our hospitals are overcrowded, and the numbers are as high as they were in March when we decided to close” for two months.

The Austrian Foreign Minister is infected with the virus

In Vienna, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced that he had tested positive for Corona and that he had placed himself in quarantine. A spokesman said he had “not shown any symptoms so far.”

The same source indicated that he may have contracted the virus during a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg last Monday, noting that Schallenberg canceled visits that were scheduled in the coming days to Britain, Denmark, Greece and Cyprus.

The only hope is what US laboratories announced to “Pfizer” and “Moderna” groups that they are planning to apply for a license for their vaccines by the end of November in the United States, which represents a record in the speed of developing a vaccine.

And the launch of any potential vaccines by the end of the year will be very limited and will not alone allow the epidemic to be contained.

France 24 / AFP

            

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