Regions in Spain and Italy have returned to locking and Ireland will do so from Wednesday as countries in Europe continue to report new peaks in Covid infection and governments struggle to contain the second wave of the pandemic.
The North Spanish The Navarre region, where the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants is 945 against 312 nationally, announced a two-week lockdown from Thursday that will be stricter than measures imposed on Madrid by the central government.
People will only be allowed in and out of Navarre for work, university studies, to take care of loved ones or for emergencies, the regional government has said. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be closed, while shops can open at 40% capacity but close at 9 p.m.
The lockdown in and around the capital, a source of heated disputes between the central and regional government, is due to expire on Saturday as media report the regional government is considering introducing a curfew.
The central government said on Tuesday that it was also considering curfews to combat an increase in the number of daily cases nationwide which reached 38,000 on Monday.
Imposing a curfew on Madrid and possibly beyond would require the invocation of a state of emergency, Health Minister Salvador Illa said, adding that a period of more than two weeks would require the support of some opposition parties.
Ireland is set to become the first EU country to return to lockdown, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed Monday evening, issuing a nationwide “stay at home” order but insisting schools will remain open.
The measures will take effect for six weeks from midnight Wednesday and will see all non-essential retail businesses shut down, bars and restaurants limited to take-out, and people forced to stay home with a 5 km limit to do so. some exercice.
In Italy, the southern Campania region said it would ask the central government to allow a nighttime curfew starting this weekend, after the northern Lombardy region was given the green light for a similar lockdown of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Thursday.
Unlike when the epidemic first struck in March, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is looking to give cities and regions more leeway to decide their own brakes as infections rise in the world. country.
Local officials in both regions have warned their health systems are at risk of being overwhelmed, with the mayor of Naples saying Campania has only 15 intensive care beds left and experts predicted ICU admissions could drop from 100 to 600 in Lombardy.
PolandParliament, meanwhile, postponed an emergency debate on new rules to increase the number of doctors available to treat Covid-19 cases and make wearing masks in public legally binding, after parties to opposition demanded clarification.
Doctors have demanded more support for the healthcare system after reports of patients dying as ambulances could not find a hospital to admit them. Poland reported 9,291 new infections on Tuesday, its second highest daily figure.
Hungary is also holding back on the new measures despite growing criticism of the response from Viktor Orbán’s government. During the first wave, Hungary recorded a relatively low number of infections and deaths.
This month, however, more Hungarians have died from the coronavirus than in the previous four months combined. According to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), the country currently has the third highest seven-day mobile death rate per million in the bloc, behind the Czech Republic and Romania.
Russia on Tuesday recorded a record 16,319 new cases, including 4,999 in the capital Moscow, while Germany locks up the Bavarian municipality of Berchtesgadener Land from 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Schools, nurseries and restaurants are closed and residents are confined to their homes unless they have a legitimate reason to be absent. The local lockdown, the first of its kind in Bavaria since April, came as the municipality reported the highest seven-day incidence of Covid-19 in the country, with 272.8 new infections per 100,000 residents.
The federal government has insisted it will try to avoid a second national lockdown at all costs, but some officials have offered in recent days to demarcate areas to contain the spread of the virus.
Lothar Wieler, the head of Germany’s disease control agency, said last week that while sealing off entire districts had struck him as ‘unimaginable’ nine months ago, he could now see some states making such a move. .
Greece abandoned a plan to allow a limited number of spectators to return to sporting events, the prime minister’s office said on Tuesday. “Running the games even with a few spectators … would send the wrong message to citizens,” he said, after the country recorded 438 new Covid-19 infections on Monday.
Beyond Europe, IranDaily infections topped 5,000 – a new record. There were also 322 new deaths. President Hassan Rouhani said the worst-affected country in the Middle East was now “facing a bigger wave of the virus” than at the start of the year.