Covid curfews on French cities planned

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The French cabinet will meet today to discuss other measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including the possibility of imposing curfews.French government minister Marlene Schiappa said the government could not rule out imposing a curfew on cities like Paris to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Everything is under review. Nothing can be excluded, ”she told LCI television, when asked about the possibility of imposing a curfew, after another minister also hinted that the government could make such a decision.

Junior Housing Minister Emmanuelle Wargon, questioned on the likelihood of a curfew for cities like Paris where cases are increasing, recalled the recent comments of Prime Minister Jean Castex according to which no option can be excluded.

The number of people treated in French intensive care units for Covid-19 exceeded 1,500 on Monday for the first time since May 27, authorities said.

President Emmanuel Macron will speak about the epidemic in a television interview tomorrow night, his office announced.

Czech restaurants and bars to close after virus spike

The Czech government has said it will close restaurants and bars and ban alcohol in public places after a record spike in Covid-19 infections.

The measures take effect from tomorrow and will last until November 3, Prime Minister Andrej Babis told reporters.

“We only have one attempt now and it must be successful,” said the billionaire populist, whose cabinet has been criticized for its response to the pandemic.

The country of 10.7 million people recorded four daily record growths last week with 8,618 new cases on Friday.

Yesterday, the Department of Health recorded 119,007 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,045 deaths.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said yesterday that the Czech Republic recorded the fastest two-week growth per 100,000 inhabitants in the EU.

The country had 493 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, against 398 last Friday, overtaking Belgium with 402.5 cases.


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Australia’s most populous state loosens brakes despite cases reaching 6-week high

Australia’s most populous state has said it will ease restrictions despite reporting the largest one-day increase in new Covid-19 cases in six weeks.

New South Wales has said that from October 16, venues offering outdoor dining will be allowed to accommodate double the number of out-of-town guests. NSW previously required these sites to guarantee four square meters (13 square feet) for each customer.

“We especially know in our state during this pandemic that some of the hardest hit industries have been the arts, recreation and hospitality,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet told reporters in Sydney.

Australia’s federal government is hopeful that easing state restrictions will help jump-start the country’s struggling economy.

The easing of restrictions comes despite NSW reporting 13 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the biggest increase in infections in a day since September 2.

Australia has now reported just over 27,000 infections and 899 deaths from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The bulk of infections in Australia have been in Victoria state, which is entering its third month of strict lockdown.

Victorian authorities have said most restrictions will be relaxed when the average number of daily Covid-19 infections over a two-week period drops below five.

The average stood at ten yesterday, threatening to extend the lockdown.



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