European cities announce new restrictions on COVID-19 cases

LONDON / Madrid (Reuters) – European countries from Denmark to Greece on Friday announced new restrictions to curb some coronovirus infections in their biggest cities, while a new national lockdown was considered in Britain.

A street ranger and a police community support officer patrol Northumberland Street in Newcastle, UK, on ​​18 September 2020 amid the spread of coronovirus disease (COVID-19). REUTERS / Lee Smith

Cases in the United Kingdom nearly doubled to 6,000 per day in the latest reporting week, hospital admissions rose and infection rates rose in northern England and parts of London.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that it was inevitable that the country would see a second wave of coronovirus, and when he did not want another national lockdown, the government may need to impose new sanctions.

“We are seeing the second wave now … It is absolutely, I am afraid, unavoidable, that we will see it in this country.”

The sharp increase in the number of cases meant the government had to keep everything under review.

“I don’t want to get into a second national lockdown,” he said, but added: “When you see what’s going on, you wonder if we need to go further.”

The UK has already implemented new COVID rules on the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire from Tuesday.

In the last two months, the infection has increased continuously throughout Europe. Intensive care admissions and deaths have also continued to persist, particularly in Spain and France.

In Spain, which has seen more cases than any other European country, the region, including the Spanish capital Madrid, will be affected by a new surge of infection among areas badly affected and more than 850,000 people.

Regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso said on Friday that access to parks and public areas would be restricted, and gatherings would be limited to six, but people would not be prevented from working in the country’s most difficult area.

“We need to avoid lockdown, we need to avoid economic disaster,” Ayuso said at a news conference.

Authorities in the southern French city of Nees banned the gathering of more than 10 people in public places and restricted bar opening hours, with fresh restrictions imposed earlier this week in Marseille and Bordeaux.

France recorded more than 13,200 new infections on Friday, its highest daily count since the onset of the epidemic.

In Denmark, where 454 new infections on Friday were close to a record 473 in April, Prime Minister Mateo Frederickson said the limit for public ceremonies would be reduced from 100 to 50 people and ordered bars and restaurants to close early.

Iceland ordered recreational sites and pubs in the Capital Region to be closed for four days between 18-21 September, while food and indoor events at Ireland’s indoor restaurants were banned in recent days after a spate of cases Was.

After the Netherlands recorded a record 1,972 cases in the last 24 hours, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his government was preparing “regional” measures to deal with the outbreak of coronovirus.

The measures will be detailed later on Friday and are expected to include strict restrictions on public ceremonies and closing times for earlier bars and restaurants. The hotspots include the major cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.

In Greece, which was largely provoked by the first wave of COVID-19 that hit Europe in March and April, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the government was ready to tighten sanctions in the greater Athens region Because the cases had increased.

Mitsotakis said that Greece’s committee of health experts had recommended public ceremonies, suspension of cultural events for 14 days and other measures that could “be decided today … and come into force on Monday.”

Europe is still hoping not to follow the example of Israel, which after a jump in new coronovirus cases, entered a second nationwide lockout on Friday at the start of the Jewish high-holiday season.

Additional reporting by Silvio Castellanos and Guillermo Martinez in Madrid, Dominic Vidalon in Paris, Kate Holton in London, Leparis Papadimas in Athens, Nikolaj Schödsgaard in Copenhagen, Anthony’s Diction in Amsterdam and Rami Job in Tel Aviv; Writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Mike Collett-White


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