Paris curfew: European capitals introduce tough new rules as coronavirus cases rise


The French capital and the cities of Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille, Rouen and Lyon will face a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew from midnight on Friday, President Emmanuel announced. Macron.

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

Failure to comply with the nighttime curfew will result in a fine of 135 euros (around 160 dollars) for a first offense and 1,500 euros (1,760 dollars) for a repeat offense.

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

London will go from an alert level of ‘medium’ level 1 to ‘high’ level 2 of coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday.This means that Londoners will be prohibited from mixing with other households indoors in any setting, including pubs and restaurants. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to six people and people should also avoid using public transport when possible.

“We know from the first peak that infection can spread quickly and put enormous pressure on the NHS, so we need to act now to avoid the need for tougher measures later,” Hancock said.

The new Level 2 restrictions will take effect at 12:01 am BST (7:01 am ET) on Saturday morning.

Earlier Thursday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the capital had reached a “critical moment” in its fight against the pandemic, warning that the virus was rapidly spreading “to all corners” of the city.

“Hospital admissions are on the rise, more patients are going to intensive care and, unfortunately, the number of Londoners dying every day is increasing again,” he told the London Assembly .

In one statement posted on Twitter, he said it was “better to act sooner than to act too late”, adding: “I am not ready to put the lives of Londoners in danger”.

He also called for greater national action and reaffirmed his support for a “breaker lock”.

A pre-print article written by science advisers to the UK government says thousands of coronavirus deaths could be prevented before the end of the year if a two-week breaker lockout were imposed soon.

The document suggests it could reduce deaths by the end of the year by up to 49%, depending on the growth rate of the virus. But in a statement released Wednesday, the authors warned that “it is not correct to say that we predict a specific number of lives that would be saved; the worst-case scenarios would never be allowed to continue without intervention ”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday imposed the three-tiered Covid Alert system across England, emphasizing localized restrictions. But he rejected opposition demands for a national “circuit breaker” lockdown.

UK government data showed 19,724 new cases and 137 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the totals to 654,644 and 43,155 respectively.

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.

Merkel “worried” about “exponential growth” in cases

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also imposes tighter restrictions coronavirus hotspots, saying she felt “worried” about the “exponential growth” of coronavirus cases in 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.

Tourists march at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on October 12, as gatherings were limited to 10 people and an 23-hour curfew imposed in several areas.

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 records 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.

The restrictions will be assessed over the next 10 days to see if they have 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.

Tourists walk across Prague's medieval Charles Bridge as the Czech Republic faces a record high after previously keeping numbers low.

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.

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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.

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. Russian officials have said the total death toll is now 23,491, although the figure is likely higher due to how the country calculates deaths and reports of high excess mortality this year.

13,754 new cases were also reported, bringing the total number of 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.

Moscow is seeing a record increase in daily coronavirus cases, which are approaching 5,000 a day, but city officials have yet to move to close facilities.

From Monday, visitors to nightclubs and bars open after midnight will need to scan a QR code or text a special number to make it easier to find contacts.

The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Moscow has increased by 15.5% over the past week, the city’s coronavirus crisis center reported on Thursday, with 1,196 Covid-19 patients taken to hospitals in the past. last 24 hours.

Nada Bashir, Fred Pleitgen, Martin Goillandeau, Tomas Etzler, Peter Taggart, Sarah Dean, Stephanie Halasz, Tomas Etzler, Jo Shelley, Mary Ilyushina, Nina Avramova and Zahid Mahmood contributed to this report.


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