restrictions are increasing around the world to deal with the second...

restrictions are increasing around the world to deal with the second...
restrictions are increasing around the world to deal with the second...

Hoping to “celebrate Christmas properly”, in the words of Prime Minister Micheal Martin, the Irish will be under house arrest for six weeks from midnight Wednesday (11:00 p.m. GMT), a first in the EU since spring, but schools will remain open.

In the United Kingdom, Wales (three million inhabitants) will be subject from Friday to a two-week confinement, the hardest measure introduced in the country since the first wave of Covid-19 in the spring .

In Ireland and Wales, non-essential businesses will close.

The Irish will also only be able to leave their homes to exercise within a three-mile radius of their home, under penalty of fines.

In England, meetings of more than six people are already banned and 28 million people, or half the population, including London, are subject to even stricter measures.

Manchester, a city of 2.8 million inhabitants in the north-west of England, was placed on maximum health alert level on Tuesday, which notably means the closure of bars and pubs not serving food and ban for different households to meet. South (North) Yorkshire will suffer the same fate from Saturday.

“The numbers are rising too quickly”

The signals are also red in Italy, where two regions, rich Lombardy – the region of Milan, in the north – and Campania – that of Naples, in the south – will establish a curfew, from Thursday of 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for three weeks for the first, and from Friday at 11:00 p.m. for the second.

First country in Europe hit by the pandemic in the spring, Italy has known since Friday a sharp increase in contamination (more than 10,000 per day). Lombardy, its economic heart, is once again the most affected.

The situation is even worse in France, which on Tuesday recorded 163 new deaths and more than 20,000 new cases. “The figures are now rising very quickly, too quickly,” said the Paris region health agency.

The large metropolises including Paris, that is to say 20 million people, have been subject to a 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew since this weekend.

A curfew also came into effect Tuesday in Slovenia: the two million inhabitants will not be allowed to go out between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

In the Czech Republic, the government announced on Wednesday a partial confinement: restriction of travel except for work, shopping and medical visits, closure of shops and services.

In Spain, the city of Burgos, in the north, joined the growing list of partially cordoned off municipalities overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday. The region near Navarre will suffer the same fate from Thursday.

Non-EU countries are also stepping up measures

The pandemic has killed at least 1,126,465 people around the world since the end of December, including more than 254,300 in Europe, according to a report established by AFP on Wednesday. More than 40,856,210 cases of infection have been diagnosed.

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with at least 221,083 deaths, followed by Brazil (154,837 dead), India (115,914), Mexico (86,993) and the United Kingdom. Uni (43.967).

These reports are probably underestimated, as shown in an American study by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) published on Tuesday, according to which the excess mortality linked to the pandemic in the United States was in fact 300,000 people.

On the vaccine front, British researchers said on Tuesday that they planned to infect 18 to 30-year-old volunteers with the new coronavirus to advance research in a study by Imperial College London.

Brazil announced on Wednesday that it would adopt Sinovac’s vaccine, already tried on thousands of volunteers in the country where it is in the final stages of testing. The 46 million doses planned should be administered from next January.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro assured him on Tuesday that a massive vaccination campaign will begin in his country between December and January thanks to vaccines provided by Russia and China. Tests of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” are to begin at the end of October on 2,000 Venezuelan volunteers, including the president’s son, Nicolas Maduro Guerra.

In Mexico, the religious festivities of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Patron Saint of the country, which each December brings together millions of faithful in and around the basilica built in her honor, will be suspended.

In Hong Kong, the airline Cathay Pacific, devastated by the historic collapse in traffic due to the pandemic, will reduce its workforce by a quarter, or 8,500 jobs lost.

The Covid-19, which is devastating the global economy, is also accelerating the digital conversion of the world of work, according to a report from the World Economic Forum, which predicts that nearly 50% of workers who will keep their jobs in the next five years will have need a retraining.

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