Italy joins France, UK with brakes as COVID-19 cases hit record

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte plans to announce the new measures on Sunday, according to a statement from his office. Londoners are now prohibited from mingling with other households indoors, while residents of Paris and eight other French cities are confined to their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for four weeks.The increased restrictions come as new cases hit daily records across much of Europe. Italy reported 10,925 new infections on Saturday, the UK 16,171 and Germany 7,695. Chancellor Angela Merkel called on her citizens to meet fewer people indoors or out.

“How winter and Christmas unfold will be decided in the days and weeks to come through the sum of individual actions,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast, stressing the importance of refraining from travel and celebrations unnecessary.

The Italian region of Lombardy, which includes Milan, has curbed alcohol consumption and gambling, and Conte’s government can order bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., ban certain sporting activities and change hours high schools to avoid congestion, according to government officials, who have asked not to be identified according to their policy.

After broad lockdowns triggered some of the worst recessions in living memory, European officials are eager to stick to local restrictions primarily targeting urban virus hot spots this time around. But with Europe heading into winter, when people won’t be able to spend as much time outdoors and transmission rates will likely increase, it looks like the return to normal isn’t very much. Well.

Belgium, which has the most cases per capita in Europe with the exception of the Czech Republic, has opted for national measures.

Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said hospitality restrictions, along with a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew and restrictions on alcohol sales and gatherings, would take effect Monday for four weeks . Homework will be compulsory to the extent possible. Bars in Brussels were already closed last week.

“In many ways, the numbers are worse than they were in March or April,” De Croo said at a press conference. “And I’m not bringing any good message: these numbers will probably continue to increase in the coming days. ”

Belgium’s experience suggests that the prospect of national shutdowns is increasingly likely, even after leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, pledged to do everything possible to maintain their savings running.

“Everyone is worried about a second full foreclosure,” said Natalie Diaz-Fuentes, co-owner of Mexican bar and restaurant Santo Remedio in London.

The UK’s main teachers’ union is pushing for a two-week nationwide “circuit breaker” lockdown that would extend the mid-term school break, according to a report from The Telegraph.

Authorities in Lombardy told bars and restaurants to start closing at midnight on Friday, suspended games and banned establishments from serving alcohol after 6 p.m. except to patrons seated at tables. Restrictions for high schools and sporting events were also announced.

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