France introduces night curfews as restrictions tighten in Europe

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Paris and other French cities will face a nighttime curfew to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron said as restrictions tightened in struggling countries across Europe.

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew – which goes into effect Friday at midnight – will also apply to Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint-Étienne, Lille, Rouen and Lyon, he said. .

“The goal is to reduce private contacts, which are the most dangerous contacts,” Macron said on Wednesday.

Failure to adhere to the nighttime curfew will result in a fine of 135 euros (approximately $ 160) for a first offense and 1,500 euros ($ 1,760) if the offense is repeated.

France reported 22,591 new cases and 95 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its total to 779,063 cases and 33,037 deaths.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also imposing tighter restrictions on coronavirus hotspots across the country.

Social gatherings will be limited to just 10 people and bars and restaurants must close at 11 p.m. in areas with the highest infection rates.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday after a meeting with leaders of Germany’s 16 states, Merkel said limits would be imposed if an area registers at least 35 new infections per 100,000 population for seven days. Other measures may be introduced if this number exceeds 50 new infections per 100,000.

Merkel added that she felt “worried” about the “exponential growth” of coronavirus cases in Germany and that the restrictions would be assessed within the next 10 days to see if they had slowed the rate of the virus. Merkel also addressed young Germans, urging them to “do without a few parties”.

The number of cases in Germany rose from a record 6,638 in 24 hours, data released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) revealed on Thursday, bringing the total to 341,223. The second highest daily increase was of 6,294 on March 28.

Germany has also registered 33 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the RKI added, bringing its total to 9,710.

The Czech Republic recorded 9,544 new cases on Wednesday, an increase of 926 from the previous record set last Friday, the Czech Ministry of Health said.

The total number of cases has reached 139,290, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

“The prognosis is not good, the figures are very catastrophic,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Thursday.

Czech government data showed 35 deaths were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 1,172, while 2,678 people remain hospitalized with coronavirus.

New restrictions were introduced Wednesday, with schools and bars and restaurants being closed to serve through windows until 8 p.m.

The UK is imposing a variety of measures after government data on Wednesday showed 19,724 new cases and 137 deaths, bringing the totals to 654,644 and 43,155 respectively.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday imposed a three-tiered Covid alert system across England, emphasizing localized restrictions. He rejected opposition criticism and demands for a national “circuit breaker” lockdown.

A pre-print article written by science advisers to the UK government yesterday said thousands of coronavirus deaths in the UK could be prevented before the end of the year if a full two-week lockdown is imposed.

Northern Ireland is closing schools, pubs and restaurants after reporting 1,217 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, a record for the country, bringing the total number of cases to 23,115.

Wales will ban travelers from entering the country from coronavirus hotspots in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from Friday, Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said on Wednesday.

Russia also reported a record number of coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours at 286, according to data from the country’s Coronavirus Response Center released on Thursday.

13,754 new cases were also reported, bringing the total official number of identified infections to 1,354,163.

Russia has faced a series of record daily increases, with health officials reporting about 2,000 more cases per day than at the peak in spring, when the country officially reported around 10,000 to 11,000 daily cases.

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