France, Germany and the UK prepare for new lockdowns – Executive...

France, Germany and the UK prepare for new lockdowns – Executive...
France, Germany and the UK prepare for new lockdowns – Executive...

There is no longer any doubt about a second wave of COVID-19 cases in Europe and it is also clear that some countries are tightening the rules again to try to ensure that citizens will not spend Christmas alone. In Portugal, it is mandatory to wear a mask on the street as of today, but there are more examples of restrictions all over Europe.

In France, Emmanuel Macron today announced new measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. Confinement is one of the possibilities on the table, according to the French media, and it would be a lighter version of what was experienced in March: schools would be open, as well as other essential activities.

“We must expect difficult decisions,” warned Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin yesterday, referring to the new restrictions envisaged in Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic as examples. Yesterday, France recorded 523 deaths associated with COVID-19.

In addition to France, Germany is also on the verge of lockdown. Reuters today released a proposal from Angela Merkel that would force bars, restaurants, gyms and concert halls to close, for example. The document also suggests that one can only go out on the street in the company of the household itself and of people from another household, in a maximum of two houses.

The Bild newspaper says that Angela Merkel will be preparing a “lockdown light”, that is, allowing some spaces to remain open, such as schools and daycare centers. Exception made for regions where the number of infections remains significantly high.

“We have to prepare for a lockdown because – this is what the curves in all neighboring countries show – that will be the only way to put the infection curves back under control and reduce them”, stresses physicist Dirk Brockmann, quoted by Deutsche Welle. In the past few days alone, Germany has registered a record 14,964 new cases of infection.

The scenario is similar in the United Kingdom too, with 367 deaths during the day yesterday, the highest number since 27 May. The way forward could also be that of confinement, especially in England – the governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have already adopted new measures.

However, Boris Johnson’s government has yet to show signs of preparing a new lockdown, indicating only that options are being evaluated. Although scientists from SAGE – the body that advises the British government on scientific matters – have already shown concern about the direction of the country.

They argue that all citizens should be subject to more serious restrictions by mid-December, considering the current forecasts of 500 daily deaths and 25,000 people hospitalized by the end of next month.

«It will be worse this time, more deaths. This is the projection that has been presented to the prime minister and he is now under a lot of pressure to move forward with the confinement again, ”says a source to the Telegraph.

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