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Coronavirus: New restrictions in Catalonia as Europe battles second wave


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A medical worker takes nasal swab samples at a test station for Covid-19 coronavirus in Montpellier, France, 13 October 2020

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picture captionA number of cities in France have been positioned on most alert however President Macron is about to go additional

Spain’s north-eastern area of Catalonia has mentioned bars and eating places are to shut for 15 days from Thursday because the nation tries to sluggish the unfold of coronavirus.

Throughout Europe, governments are introducing new restrictions to battle a second wave of infections.

The Czech Republic has shut faculties and bars, Dutch cafes and eating places are closing, and France could impose curfews.

Within the Netherlands a partial lockdown comes into power at 22:00 (20:00 GMT).

Additionally on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron is about to element new measures for Paris and different cities.

Throughout Europe, an infection charges are rising, with Russia reporting a file 14,321 every day instances on Wednesday and an additional 239 deaths.

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However even in nations which have had higher success than most in conserving transmission down, infections are rising.

Germany has seen greater than 5,000 new infections for the primary time since April and 47 areas with a median price of over 50 folks per 100,000 residents.

Germany’s RKI public well being company officers communicate of seeing an “accelerated rise in transmission within the inhabitants”.

What’s occurring in Spain?

Spain at the moment has certainly one of Europe’s highest an infection charges, with almost 900,000 infections and greater than 33,000 deaths.

The rich area of Catalonia had appeared to have a second rise in infections in the summertime underneath management when it ordered folks to remain house in Barcelona and different cities.

However on Wednesday Catalonia’s interim chief Pere Aragones mentioned “motion is required to keep away from a full lockdown within the coming weeks”.

Eating places within the area of about 7.5 million folks will solely be allowed to serve takeaway and Mr Aragones urged folks to remain at house.

Gyms and cultural occasions shall be allowed to function at 50% capability, whereas outlets and enormous procuring centres should be restricted to 30% capability.

Mr Aragones mentioned the measures will must be accredited by a court docket.

Residents of the nation’s capital, Madrid, are already unable to go away town, and bars and eating places have a 23:00 curfew.

Will France impose a curfew?

Till President Macron confirms what the brand new measures shall be on nationwide TV at 19:55 native time (17:55 GMT) on Wednesday, all we all know for certain from the federal government is that “nothing has been dominated out”. However like all European leaders he’s doing every part to keep away from a return to a nationwide lockdown.

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picture captionPresident Macron will give a 45-minute interview on French TV on Wednesday night

There are widespread stories that curfews have been mentioned at a Tuesday night time cupboard assembly, however it isn’t identified what they might contain. Paris and Lille have been into consideration as cities almost certainly to face a night curfew, information channel BFM reported.

This type of measure would contain prohibiting motion in a single day aside from a restricted variety of folks, and can be enforced by higher numbers of police on the streets. It will additionally hit eating places very laborious, when bars and gymnasiums are already shut in a number of cities positioned underneath most alert.

French Guiana has been underneath curfew however the hours have been steadily shortened.

What’s occurring elsewhere?

  • On Wednesday Italy recorded its highest every day rise in infections since mass testing started with 7,332 new instances confirmed. On Tuesday the federal government banned events in eating places, golf equipment and outdoors, and suggested residents to not enable greater than six folks of their houses
  • In Portugal, gatherings shall be restricted to 5 folks from Thursday. Weddings and baptisms may be attended by as much as 50 folks however college events shall be banned, Prime Minister Antonio Costa instructed a information convention on Wednesday
  • A 3-week partial lockdown started late on Tuesday within the Czech Republic, with faculties, college halls, bars and golf equipment all shut. There have been 1,106 deaths from Covid-19 since 1 March, and greater than 8,000 new instances have been introduced on Wednesday, for under the second time for the reason that pandemic started. In accordance with the European Union’s ECDC well being company, the Czech Republic has the highest rate of infection in Europe over the previous two weeks, at 581.3 instances per 100,000 folks

  • Within the UK, Northern Ireland is closing schools from Monday for 2 weeks, which incorporates the half-term break, whereas hospitality companies shall be restricted to takeaways and deliveries from Friday
  • The Netherlands can be bringing in powerful new measures. Dealing with a dramatic rise in reported infections previously week, the Dutch authorities is shutting bars, eating places and cafes for 4 weeks and banning gross sales of alcohol after 20:00 on Wednesday
  • Poland has reported 116 deaths previously 24 hours – its highest quantity for the reason that begin of the pandemic – and a file 6,526 new instances
  • Belgian officers have warned that if present charges of an infection proceed, all of the nation’s 2,000 intensive care beds shall be crammed by mid-November.

Dutch attempt to restrict social interplay

From tonight and for at the very least 4 weeks, bars, eating places and cafes shall be closed, together with these promoting hashish. They’ll nonetheless supply takeaways.

Noah Kester, a waitress at Bagels and Beans cafe in The Hague, is nervous about what is going to occur afterwards. She’ll proceed serving coffee-to-go however is afraid she might need fewer days’ work.

“In the summertime every part seemed prefer it was going to be advantageous right here, till instantly it wasn’t,” she instructed me.

picture captionNoah Kester fears her job shall be affected by the partial lockdown

“I feel the federal government wasn’t anticipating it both. However I do not suppose it is truthful that [the hospitality sector] takes the hit when now we have been so cautious.”

A “rule of 4” applies to teams indoors and outdoors.

Colleges, schools and universities will keep open and face masks have been made necessary inside enclosed public areas for the primary time for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

Rush hour was quieter than normal this morning. Folks have been requested to stay to important journeys solely and work at home when potential.

The affect of the restrictions shall be assessed in two weeks’ time. If the numbers have not began to dip by then, the Dutch well being minister has warned a full lockdown is on the playing cards.

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