Athens, Greece (AP) – Coronavirus cases hit new daily highs this week in Russia, and Germany and the UK on Tuesday announced plans to expand the virus test as European countries rapidly expanded COVID-19 infections and Struggling with hospitalization.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 270,000 people in Europe re-enforced sanctions to overtake a virus, causing more than 1.2 million deaths worldwide, and stress in healthcare systems.
Following the partial shutdown imposed in Germany on Monday and strict regulations in Italy, France, Kosovo and Croatia, new measures were introduced in Austria, Greece and Sweden on Tuesday. England have had a total lockdown since Thursday, although schools and universities will remain open.
The infection spread to Russia, where authorities registered 18.648 new cases on Tuesday. It was the fifth straight day of more than 18,000 confirmed cases in the spring, compared to the country’s daily record of more than 11,000.
Russia has the world’s fourth most commonly reported coronavirus caseloid in which more than 1.6 million people were confirmed infected, killing more than 28,000 people.
The country lifted most of the virus-related restrictions this summer, and Russian officials say the health care system could cope. However, there have been worrying reports of dangerous hospitals, drug shortages and helpless medical staff.
Sweden, where the government left the much-debated lockdown of other nations that kept much of society open, set new nationwide limits on restaurants and cafes, allowing them to serve only seated customers And ordered to serve with a maximum of eight per table. The Scandinavian country announced local restrictions in three more counties including Sweden’s largest city.
“We are going in the wrong direction. The situation is very serious, ”said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. “Now, every citizen needs to take responsibility. We know how dangerous it is. “
There are 134,532 cases and about 6,000 deaths in a country of 10 million people.
Amid disappointment, a partial lockdown in the Netherlands appeared to pay off; Dutch officials said the number of new confirmed cases had fallen by 5% to 64,087 in the last seven days, the first decline in weeks.
The decline comes three weeks after the government imposed a nation of 17 million partly on lockdown, curbing amateur sports for adults and urging people to work from home.
Dutch officials are worried that the number of COVID-19 patients is putting unbearable stress on hospitals, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte was expected to announce further sanctions on Tuesday.
In the UK, the government plans to offer regular COVID-19 tests to anyone living or working in the 500,000 city of Liverpool.
“These more advanced tests will help identify infectious individuals who are not exhibiting symptoms … so that they can isolate themselves and prevent the virus from spreading,” the Department of Health said.
The trial in Liverpool, which has the highest infection rate in England with more than 410 cases per 100,000 people, can be seen as a large-scale UK trial.
Germany said that it is buying millions of antigen tests, which produce rapid results, to ban those visiting nursing homes and to protect residents and their relatives from suffering such isolation occurs in the spring. Nursing homes will receive 20 free monthly tests per resident, which can be used to test patients, staff members and visitors who may be unregistered DNA carriers.
Melanie Brinkmann, an expert at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Germany, said that no individual public health measure can slow the spread of the virus, but it is effective simultaneously.
She broadened the use of social distancing, use of masks, handwashing and antigen tests for slices of Swiss disturbances, which individually contain holes, but form a solid block.
“The Swiss Cheese model says that every piece of cheese has holes, flaws,” Brinkman said. The remedy is “all new slices of cheese that all have flaws, but if we combine them all with one another, we can better protect ourselves from this virus.”
In neighboring Austria, new restrictions that come into effect from Tuesday allow restaurants and bars to operate until the end of the month for delivery and takeout only, and cancel cultural, sports and leisure activities. Non-essential stores open Live, but residents were asked to stay home between 8 am and 6 am
Greece closed its second largest city, Thessaloniki, and the neighboring northern province of Ceres from Tuesday. Residents can leave home only for specific reasons after notifying authorities by text message.
Domestic and international flights to Thessaloniki were canceled and retail stores, restaurants, gyms, churches and entertainment venues closed for two weeks. Primary schools and junior high schools remain open, but senior high schools and university classes run online.
“What happened is necessary,” said 39-year-old Thessaloniki resident Angelos Georgidis. “We closed because of the fun, the cafes were full. Now we wish and hope that we will overcome this quickly.
A mild ban came into force in the Greek capital Athens, where restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, museums and entertainment venues are closed but retail stores remain open.
Nationwide, the government imposed a curfew at 5 pm at midnight and made the facade mandatory. Greece, which has a population of about 11 million, set a record 2,166 daily and 13 deaths on Tuesday, bringing its total confirmed cases to over 44,200 and COVID-19 deaths to 655.
In France, high school students blocked entrances to about a dozen schools in Paris to protest a month-long lockdown. Le Parisian newspaper reported that at a Paris school, police released tear gas to disperse the rowdy mob and some 40 students were fined 135 euros ($ 158).
Schools in Paris remain open, but students said virus control measures are not being respected. They shared pictures on crowded classrooms and common area social networks.
Meanwhile, a French government decree on Tuesday published what “essential” items could be sold during the country’s latest lockout. Selling flowers and books in supermarkets is banned, but they can still sell baby care, personal hygiene and grooming as well as household cleaning products.
Supermarkets sealed shelves or took products off the shelves based on new regulations that came after small businesses such as flowers and bookstores complained that they were unfairly punished by forcing them to close. Used to be.
Associated Press authors from across Europe contributed to this report.
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