Countries across Europe are reconsidering painful restrictions on public life as the severity of the coronavirus infection increases the risk of the epidemic intensifying, bringing a public health emergency closer as winter approaches.
Infections in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland reached record highs on Thursday as France imposed evening curfews in its largest cities and Londoners faced new restrictions on indoor socialization.
The resurgence of the virus is a huge blow to a continent that has been largely successful in bringing the rate of infection down to the management level in the summer after the implementation of a strict lockdown.
“Some parts of Europe have lost control,” said Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, a virologist at the Bernhard Knott Institute in Hamburg. “Authorities are no longer able to influence the spread of the virus.”
Germany, which has so far served the epidemic better than its neighbors, reported 600 new cases on Thursday – a new record. “Not just Germany, but Europe as a whole – the challenge we are facing is whether we can break the dynamics of the second wave and reach calm,” said Economy Minister Peter Altmeier.
The United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic all announced new virus-related restrictions this week.
Health systems around the continent are switching to crisis mode as hospital wards begin to fill with Covid-19 patients. There are growing fears that treatment facilities could soon be watered down and new cases of swollen volumes could overwhelm the track and trace team to disrupt the chain of transmission of the virus.
The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office welcomed the move, saying it was “absolutely necessary” to save lives. “The message to governments is: do not lag behind in relatively small steps to avoid the painful catastrophes we have seen for the first time. [virus wave]Hans Kluge said.
The virus has begun to rise after European governments relaxed the lockdown to kick-start strong economies in a severely damaged economy as a result of these restrictions. But public health experts say Europeans let go of their guards, spend large sums abroad, ignore social-distance rules, and crowd in groups to eat and socialize.
According to WHO figures, Europe has the highest number of weekly cobid-19 infections since the outbreak began.
Europe has implemented a new lockdown system
New cases every day: 18,980
Three-tier measures have been introduced to control the severity of the infection
In London it is forbidden to socialize with other families inside the house
Strict lockdown measures in northern cities like Liverpool
Local lockdowns in parts of Scotland and Wales
New cases every day: 6,638
Threshold for cutting local lockdown restrictions
Power to restrict rallies and impose curfews
Bars and nightclubs may be ordered closed
Peter Altmeier, Minister of Economy: ‘The challenge is to decide if we can break the second wave.’
Fearing further damage to the economies arising from the economic downturn, the government has so far taken clear steps in the form of drastic measures such as closing schools or rebuilding nationwide closures.
Instead they have ordered curfews, bars and restaurant closures and bans on social gatherings. However, it remains unclear whether such a limited system is sufficient to flatten the current curve.
France took a number of drastic measures, with the government lifting the state of emergency on Wednesday, and President Emmanuel Macron from Saturday at 6pm for Paris and eight other major cities. Announced a curfew for Tar.
He responded to the steady increase in the number of infections and hospital admissions in France in recent weeks. “Our intensive care wards are under constant stress,” Mr. Macron said.
French ministers said the ban was aimed at controlling private groups and gatherings among young people, which is considered one of the biggest sources of new infections.
In the UK, authorities have announced that Londoners will be banned from socializing with other families in any indoor environment from midnight on Friday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rate of infection in the capital is “steep upwards” and is doubling every ten days. Liverpool in north-west England have already been put under a deadly lockdown.
In the Netherlands, which has had one of the worst infection rates in the past month, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Tuesday that the country is entering a “partial lockdown” for at least four weeks, with new cases peaking at 7,000 per day.
Cafes, restaurants and bars have all closed and the government has made it mandatory to wear masks in all indoor public spaces and schools.
This intensity also affected the countries that were relatively scattered by the first wave, as a strong example of the Czech Republic. About 10,000 new cases were reported on Thursday, the highest since the onset of the epidemic and almost half of all infections in the country since the onset of the outbreak have been recorded in the last two weeks.
Painful restrictions reintroduce public life
New cases every day: 22,591
National ‘health emergency’ imposed to implement new measures
9pm curfew in major cities including Paris, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier and Tools
Criminals repeat the risk of a ড 135 fine for re-offenders
New cases every day: 9,544
Schools as well as bars, restaurants, cultural and sports facilities are closed
About half of the two confirmed infections have been recorded in the last two weeks since the epidemic began.
The Prime Minister has called for a “catastrophe” in the Andrej Babis case
The Czech Republic had a severe lockdown at the beginning of the epidemic, but when the second wave hit, authorities were slow to respond. Lawsuits began to rise last month but last week they did not close cultural and sports facilities, while restaurants, bars and schools were closed Wednesday.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Andrzej Babis described the increase in cases as “catastrophic” and warned on Thursday that the Czech Republic was taking too long to set up healthcare infrastructure. “We urgently need to build additional capacity,” he said. “The forecast is not good” “
In Spain, where infections increased dramatically in August and September before slowing down, several regions, including Catalonia, unveiled new restrictions. Portugal unveiled new barriers at a rally this week.
German authorities have reduced the threshold for taking strict action to launch the virus on hotspots this week. This would allow the government to demand masks in public, limit the number of guests at private parties, and close restaurants and bars early.
Guy Chazan of Berlin, James Shutter of Warsaw, Daniel Domby of Madrid, Victor Mallett of Paris and Mehreen Khan of Brussels reported.