French doctor warns that ‘control’ of virus has been lost in his country

PARIS (AP) – A French doctor warned on Monday that his country had “lost control of the pandemic”, a day after health officials filed reports of more than 52,000 new coronovirus cases, as nations across Europe transitioned. More extensive restrictions have been put in place to try to slow down the rate.

Spain – the first European country to cross 1 million COVID-19 cases confirmed – declared a state of emergency The Sunday night curfew, social celebrations included a cap of six people and possible travel restrictions in and out of the most difficult areas.

Its influence was evident in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas Promenade, which was deserted on Sunday nights when it would be celebrating the masses in general.

In two major Italian cities, people were taken from small sections of society to the streets amid new restrictions. On Friday, protesters in Naples protested curfew locally and clashed with police from 11 am to 5 am. On Saturday night, far-flung and neo-fascist groups led a similar protest against curfew in Rome. Another protest is planned in Milan on Tuesday.

The President of the Scientific Council, Dr. Jean-François Delfrasi, who advises the French government on the virus, said the country is in “very difficult, even critical condition”.

“There are probably over 50,000 new cases every day. Our estimate at the Scientific Council is close to 100,000 – twice as many, “Delferi told RTL Radio.” Among those who are not tested and asymptomatic patients, we are close to the number of cases. This means that the virus is spreading very fast. “

France declared a state of emergency earlier this month and more and more restrictions are being imposed since September to ease the pressure on France’s hospitals, where more than half of all ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients .

Head of the Department of Infection and Tropical Diseases at the ‘Pieti-Salpatrière Hospital’ in Paris, Dr. Eric Kams said that the country needed to re-lock.

“We lose control of the epidemic, but it doesn’t date from yesterday,” he said on broadcaster Francinfo. “We lost control of the epidemic several weeks ago.”

According to calculations by Johns Hopkins University, deaths in Europe have been confirmed to be over 250,000, putting the global toll at over 1.1 million.

Italy, the first country in the West to be ripped off by COVID-19, took new measures over the weekend to close the new outbreak, closing restaurants and bars by 6 pm and closing gyms, pools and movie theaters.

The measures, which went into effect on Monday, require high schools to transition to at least 75% of distance education, while younger students are allowed to stay in classrooms. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies, including those for religious reasons, are prohibited, and the government is strongly recommending that people avoid being home guests and travel in the country apart from work, health or other needs.

Milne Tretoria owner Giuseppe Di Durlizzi fears the worst as he is forced to close in the evening after losing lunch customers because so many people work from home.

“We have high costs and almost zero revenue,” he said on Sunday. “So it would be a disaster, if they don’t help us it would be the death of the restaurant business in Milan.”

Italy is registering around 20,000 new confirmed infections per day and health officials have warned that some hospital COVID-19 wards risk hitting a saturation point in the next week or two.

British authorities are likely to tighten restrictions on more areas of the country this week, amid mixed indications about measures introduced in the past few weeks, with a rapid increase in infections.

Government scientific advisors say there are some indications that growth has begun since the three-tier system of sanctions came into force, but it is about to be decided soon.

A large part of northern England, including the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, is placed at the top level of “very high” risk, with pubs closed and people from different homes barred from mixing. The government said Warrington, another large city in the northwest, would be added to the top tier on Tuesday.

Legalists from the Czech Republic, who have been one of the hardest-hit countries in the resurgence of the epidemic in Europe, this week approved a government plan to help draft 300 military health workers from NATO and European Union countries Are ready for. Of patients.

They will help their Czech colleagues at Prague’s military hospital and a field hospital for 500 patients that the Armed Forces completed over the weekend at the exhibition ground in Prague. The first group of 28 National Guard doctors from the United States is expected to arrive this weekend.

Officials also said that they are canceling Prague’s major Christmas markets due to the virus.

The Bavarian city of Nuremberg also canceled its large Christmas market, one of Germany’s most famous and one of the major tourist draws. City officials originally wanted Christianskellsmark to move forward under strict sanitation rules, but Mayor Marcus Koenig said he concluded it would send the wrong signal as virus cases increase.

“This decision is very difficult for us. With its great tradition Christianskellmark falls under Nuremberg, ”said Koenig.

Of germany The increasing number of coronoviruses prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party to delay deciding for a second time who would become its new leader – one that had already been pushed by the epidemic from spring to December.

Whoever wins the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union will be in a position to make Merkel the center-right candidate to succeed as chancellor in the German election, although this is not guaranteed.

Coward reported from The Hague, Netherlands. Journalists from the Associated Press contributed throughout Europe.

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