Germany introduces stricter masking requirements and early closure of nightclubs in hard-hit areas. Several cities in France are banned at night.
On Wednesday night, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel announced that there will be stricter mask orders and early closure of nightclubs in hard-hit coronary areas.
In France, a national health crisis is declared and several cities are banned at night.
The figures from the European Infection Control Agency ECDC show that the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Iceland now have the highest infection pressure of the EU and EEA countries, including the United Kingdom. In all these countries, the number of reported cases of infection in the last 14 days is over 240 per 100,000 inhabitants. (See table of infection rates and number of deaths).
New infection record in Germany
6,638 new cases of infection were registered in Germany in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number in a day since the pandemic broke out.
The previous record for new cases in one day is from March 28, when 6,294 cases were registered, according to statistics from the Robert Koch Institute.
Today, the German authorities are testing far more than they did six months ago, but the increase is worrying as about 1,500 more new cases were registered on Thursday than the day before.
Germany has carried out between 1.1-1.2 million tests per week since mid-August, and since then the number of positive tests has increased significantly, from 0.74 per cent at the end of August to 2.48 per cent a week from 5–5 11. October.
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Tightens into 16 states
Merkel’s federal government and the authorities in the 16 states have agreed that there will be new restrictions in areas where the number of virus cases exceeds 35 per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days. In such cases, it is now recommended that bandages be ordered in public places, and that nightclubs must close earlier.
Mouthpieces have already been mandated on public transport and in shops since April.
In addition, the number of people who can gather in one place will now be tightened. In areas with 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the border will now be 25 people in a public place and 15 people privately, writes Tagesschau.de.
In areas where the number of corona cases now exceeds 50 per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, the limit will now be ten people in public, and ten people from two households privately. A number of German cities, including Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, have had more than 50 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in recent days.
Curfew in French cities from Saturday
Several cities in France are banned at night as the country declares a new national health crisis. The capital Paris is among the cities that will have a curfew.
President Emmanuel Macron announced on live TV on Wednesday that a curfew will be imposed in the French capital between 21 and 6 from Saturday. It is valid for the next four weeks.
There will also be a curfew in the country’s second largest city, Marseille, and other major cities such as Lyon, Lille, Rouen and Toulouse. A total of nine cities with a total of 20 million inhabitants are covered.
At 21.00, all nightclubs must be closed, and people must stay in their homes. Public transport continues to run as normal, and a scheme will be established where those who need to travel due to work will receive proof of this.
People who break the curfew will be fined 135 euros.
– We have to act. We need to slow down the spread of the virus, Macron said.
Worst in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is currently the country with the highest level of infection in Europe, with as many as 581 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (as of October 14). Here, too, schools are being closed, after 4,500 teachers and staff have been infected.
In Poland, the daily number of corona deaths on Wednesday exceeded 100 for the first time since early spring. In Poland, a new coronary restriction will be introduced from Thursday, in the form of grocery stores and pharmacies being reserved for the elderly for two hours in the middle of the day.
Switzerland and Austria passed new infection records on Wednesday, in the former country the 2,823 new cases were a doubling from the day before. Swiss authorities have convened an emergency meeting between representatives of all 26 cantons on Thursday.
Tegnell: – Many countries have a rapid negative development
Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell is among those who have emphasized that the covid-19 pandemic is not over.
– We saw a sharp increase in the EU last week, and it seems to continue. Many countries have a rapid negative development, he pointed out on Tuesday, at the same time as the number of confirmed cases of infection in Sweden exceeded 100,000.
Sweden is also experiencing an increase in infection rates, but not as fast as in other countries. On Thursday at 2 pm, the Swedish Public Health Agency will present new figures for the development of infection in Sweden.
– It may seem that we are approaching the number of infected that we had this spring, but that is certainly not correct. This spring we had a limited opportunity for testing. Now we take samples of three or four times as many, so it is not comparable, Tegnell emphasized on Tuesday and said that the number of intensive care units is a better measure of the development. Here the number is completely different, completely different than this spring.