France has become the latest European country to tighten its control of the coronavirus, imposing curfew on the capital Paris and eight other cities in line with continent-wide restrictions.
“We have to take action. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus,” said President Emmanuel Macron about the shutdown from 9 pm to 6 am, which is valid for up to six weeks starting Saturday.
In addition to Paris, major cities such as Lyon, the Mediterranean port Marseille and southwestern Toulouse are also affected.
Earlier Wednesday, the French government said it would prolong a health emergency.
With more than 1 million coronavirus deaths and nearly 40 million cases worldwide, regions like Europe that curtailed the first outbreak control a new wave without an economically destructive national blockade. Again face tough choices about how to do it.
In northeastern Catalonia, Spain, bars and restaurants will be closed for the next 15 days, working on one of the highest infection rates in the European Union, with nearly 900,000 cases and more than 33,000 deaths. ..
While Northern Ireland has announced a four-week closure of pubs and restaurants, measures such as restrictions on alcohol sales and new mask requirements have also come into effect throughout the Netherlands.
“We need to reduce the infection rate right now, or we’ll soon be in a very difficult situation,” Arlene Foster told a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also increasing pressure to impose stricter steps to reduce Britain’s spiral rate, including a two-week blockade of “circuit breakers.”
Johnson said the new blockade across Britain would be a “disaster,” but refused to rule it out because the government’s scientific advisory group approved a temporary closure.
And in Italy, authorities recorded 7,332 new cases on Wednesday.
Rome has already imposed new and stricter rules to control the resurgence of the virus, such as end parties, amateur soccer games, and evening bar snacks.
Beyond Europe, Iran released new travel restrictions on Wednesday affecting the capital Iran and four other major cities, as well as a new day record for both COVID-19 deaths and new infections.
And since the pandemic began, the death toll in neighboring Iraq has exceeded 10,000.
According to Johns Hopkins University, at least 1,088 and 804 people have died from the coronavirus worldwide since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China in late 2019. At least 38.3 million cases have been recorded worldwide.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also wants stricter steps to combat the surge in coronavirus infections, according to a draft policy document seen by AFP on Wednesday. They included more masks and limits for private events.
New infections in Germany continued to increase on Wednesday, exceeding 5,000 in 24 hours. This is a level not seen since the blockade of Europe’s largest economy was imposed in the spring.
“We are still in a position to flatten exponential growth,” said Lothar Wieler, head of the German disease control agency. “But that requires all of us to work hard.”
Memories of a catastrophic blockade that eroded the economy and businesses earlier this year and forced millions of people unemployed as the travel and manufacturing sectors suffered weeks of closure. Was awakened.
In online talks, the G20 Finance Minister and the central bank agreed to extend the moratorium on debt repayment by the world’s poorest countries for another six months, which was further extended in the spring.
The virtual talks hosted by the current G20 President Saudi Arabia took place the day after the International Monetary Fund warned that global GDP would shrink by 4.4% in 2020 and that the pandemic damage would continue for years.
Expectations for vaccines or treatments to provide relief have been hit by the suspension of two clinical trials in the United States as Europe imposes new restrictions.
Eli Lilly, a US pharmaceutical company, said that within 24 hours of Johnson & Johnson’s encounter with a similar problem with a vaccine candidate, it suspended a phase 3 trial of antibody therapy in an unspecified case.
According to health experts, the setbacks are normal due to the significant expansion of testing at a later stage, but the World Bank has been able to fund the purchase and distribution of vaccines, tests and treatments. Approved A $ 16.8 billion to developing countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow has registered a second vaccine called “EpiVac Corona” developed by the top secret Siberian Institute to follow the first “Sputnik” jab.
In the UK, the new head of domestic security services MI5 said his agency is working to prevent foreign interference and espionage of national vaccine development projects.
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