World News – GB – Macron announces new national lockdown in France


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French President Emmanuel Macron announced a second lockout in France from Friday, in an attempt to combat a strong resurgence of the coronavirus

With more than 520 deaths recorded on Tuesday, the French leader said a new national lockdown would be the only possible way to successfully fight Covid-19

« (France has been) overwhelmed by a second wave, » M Macron in a national televised speech

France will never let hundreds of thousands of its fellow citizens die, these are not our values ​​

The World Health Organization has said the European region – which includes Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia, by its definition – accounts for almost half of the 28 million new cases of coronavirus reported around the world last week

The United Nations health agency said virus-related deaths were also on the rise in Europe, peaking at around 35% from the previous week, along with hospitalizations from Covid-19

“We are in the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told journalists in Brussels

The European Union, Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland alone accounted for 11 million cases in the past seven days, she said, « and we expect that this number will continue to increase over the next two to three weeks, and rapidly « 

German officials have agreed to a four-week closure of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other leisure facilities in an attempt to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said

Ms Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors tasked with imposing and easing restrictions have agreed on the partial lockdown during a video conference It is expected to go into effect on Monday and last until ‘at the end of November

Restaurants will still be allowed to serve take out Foods and schools must remain open, unlike Germany’s closure during the first phase of the pandemic

The move came hours after the German Disease Control Agency said a record 14,964 new confirmed cases were recorded in the country in the past day, bringing the national total to the pandemic at 449,275

In France, more than half of the country’s intensive care units are already occupied by Covid-19 patients

France on Tuesday reported 288 new virus-related deaths in hospitals in 24 hours and 235 deaths in nursing homes in the previous four days Both figures marked the biggest increase of this type since May

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« Nothing is more important than human life », M Macron, noting that France currently has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in Europe

Overall, Europe has recorded more than 250,000 virus-related deaths since the outbreak began, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University

Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and the Czech Republic also saw an increase in the number of new cases over the past 14 days, while infection rates in Germany were weaker but constantly increasing

Merkel had urged the governors of the country’s 16 states to quickly agree on a partial lockdown

After clearing the move, the Chancellor called on people not to make unnecessary trips and said hotels would not be able to accommodate people on tourist trips

“We can say that our healthcare system can meet the challenge today,” said Merkel « But if the rate of infections continues like this, we will reach the limits of what the healthcare system can handle in a matter of weeks. »

Planning has caused angst in the German hotel industry, with thousands of room owners staging a protest at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday to demand further financial support from the government

The loud but peaceful rally contrasted with the angry scenes of the past few days, when anti-mask protesters clashed with police in the German capital, several Italian cities and the Czech Republic

In Italy, the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, spoke out on Wednesday against a lockdown in the Lombard capital, the epicenter of the new resurgence of the virus in Italy

EU chief Von der Leyen acknowledged the increasingly serious consequences of the persistent crisis

« This time, we have two enemies, » she said « The coronavirus itself and corona fatigue is growing weariness in the face of precautionary measures »

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