Europe takes strict measures to contain the spread of Covid-19
European countries started to tighten measures against COVID-19 as the number of infections sharply rise.
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As the number of cases surges in Germany, the country has rolled out new restrictions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the capital, Berlin, and Frankfurt.
Bars and restaurants are to close at 11:00 pm local time (21:00 GMT) in Berlin until October 31 in a partial curfew, a measure already imposed – but starting an hour earlier – in Frankfurt.
Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel described the rise in cases across Europe as “serious” and called on people to “be careful, to follow the rules, to keep their distance, to cover their mouths and noses and to do what they can to contain the virus while still maintaining economic activity.”
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 5,132 Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 334,585, according to the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases. The reported death toll rose by 40 to 9,677.
Madrid’s regional leader announced on Tuesday a number of new measures to control the virus’s spread without resorting to a lockdown.
Bars and restaurants will be close in the Catalonia region for the next 15 days in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus.
President of Madrid Isabel Diaz Ayuso also said social gatherings will be reduced to 10 people, both in public and private meetings.
Meanwhile, all bars and nightclubs in the city will close at 1.30 am.
The measures will come into force overnight Thursday to Friday.
The UK has removed Spain from its list of countries from which those arriving are exempt from two-week-long quarantine after entering the country.
On the other side, Liverpool city which is under the highest category, faces a closure of pubs and a ban on household mixing from Wednesday for at least a month.
opposition leader, Keir Starmer, said that the Boris Johnson-led government had “lost control” of the outbreak, after ignoring the advice of a scientific panel, which had called for tougher restrictions to curb infections.
President Emmanuel Macron is due to address the country via a television interview on Wednesday in response to the country’s worsening infections.
Over the weekend, France saw record levels of positive coronavirus tests, with nearly 27,000 new cases confirmed on Saturday. More than 32,000 have died from the virus in France since March.
However, Macron’s administration is hesitant about introducing another lockdown due to implications on its declining economy, having shrunk 19% by the end of June.