COVID-19 create great trouble for the two largest European capitals, Paris has imposed a curfew, and London has banned people from different families from meeting indoors to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Following the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in most countries, European countries have tightened prohibitions on alcohol.
Dr. Hans Kruger, WHO’s European Director, said at a press conference on Thursday that the death rate from Covid-19 is currently three times lower than that of the first wave of attacks on the African continent in March and April. He said that one of the reasons for the increase in cases in recent weeks is that more young people have tested positive for the virus, and the lower mortality rate is because fewer people die of Covid-19 compared to the elderly.
President Emmanuel Macron announced new restrictions on Wednesday in response to the steep increase in infection rates across France. Residents of Paris and other cities (including Marseille and Lyon) will leave their places for at least four weeks from 21:00 to 06:00 on Saturdays without a justified reason. Mr. Macron said his goal is to reduce the daily increase in cases to 3,000.
The capital of France and the cities of Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Lille, Rouen, and Lyon will be held at 9 pm. President Emmanuel Macron announced that a curfew will be imposed from midnight on Friday to 6 am. Violation of the night curfew will result in a fine of 135 Euros (approximately US$160) for the first offense, and a fine of 1,500 Euros (approximately US$1,760) for violations of the law again.
France reported 95 deaths and 22,591 new cases and on Wednesday, bringing its total to 779,063 and 33,037 deaths.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Thursday that starting Saturday morning, London will be transitioning from a level 1 “intermediate” level of coronavirus restrictions to a level 2 “high” alert. This means that Londoners will be prohibited from mixing with other households indoors in any environment (including bars and restaurants). Outdoor gatherings are limited to six people, and people should avoid public transportation as much as possible.
The spread of the virus in Europe has been accelerating in recent weeks after infections started to increase in August and September. In the Czech Republic, which currently has the highest infection rate in Europe, the number of cases in October almost doubled to a total of 139,290.