the compulsory closure at 11 p.m. of bars in Berlin canceled...

A passer-by walking past empty bar terraces in the streets of Berlin, October 14, 2020. HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / REUTERS

Measures deemed disproportionate: restrictions imposed by the German government and the regions, such as the closing of bars or the ban on staying in hotels, have been broken in recent days by the administrative justice.

The most spectacular decision came Friday, October 16 in the morning of the Berlin Administrative Court. Seized in summary proceedings by eleven restaurateurs and bar operators, the court canceled the obligation imposed on establishments in the German capital to close every day between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. This time slot usually sees tens of thousands of people strolling through the streets of the capital every weekend, where many places remain open all night.

The administrative judges considered that these schedules, in force since October 10 and which had to be imposed at least until the end of the month, did not contribute to “A significant reduction in the incidence of infection”.

This decision can be appealed to the Higher Administrative Court Berlin-Brandenburg. The ban on the sale of alcohol in gas stations or grocery stores after 11 p.m. remains in force. Health Minister Jens Spahn said ” to regret “ the court’s decision.

Indicators on the rise in Europe

In Germany, the incidence rate stood at 73.9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants on Friday and the capital has recorded 551 new cases in the past twenty-four hours, according to the Robert-Koch Institute. The German government repeated this week that it was very worried about the spread of contaminations in the country. Germany on Friday recorded a jump of 7,334 new positive cases in twenty-four hours.

The pandemic continued to accelerate in Europe this week with 342,550 new daily cases declared, or 9% more than the previous week, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Friday.

Among the countries which recorded more than 1,000 daily cases during the past week, Switzerland is the country where the number of positive tests increased the most (+ 146%, 1,771 new official daily cases). Belgium (+ 125%, 6,235 cases), Poland (+ 111%, 5,472 cases), Italy (+ 106%, 6,172 cases) and Slovakia (+ 78%, 1,214 cases) follow. Next are France (19,714 cases, + 47%), the United Kingdom (15,972 cases, + 32%) and Russia (13,437 cases, + 26%).

An important indicator, however, the number of diagnosed cases only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections and comparisons between countries should be taken with caution, as testing policies differ from one country to another.

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