The French government approved on Wednesday a night curfew in Paris and other important cities in the country starting next weekend, to contain the circulation of the new coronavirus, in a Europe that is preparing for the worst
France, one of the European countries most affected by the virus, accounts for about 33,000 deaths by Covid-19. The number of infections has steadily increased in recent weeks, especially since the return of summer vacation.
“The curfew will last for four weeks and we will go to Parliament to extend it until December 1st. Six weeks is the time we consider useful,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.
The measure will be applied between 9 pm and 6 am and will take effect next Saturday, Macron said in a televised interview. People who fail to comply will be punished with a fine of 135 euros (158 dollars). “We must act, since the situation is worrying.”
In addition to the capital, Paris, the curfew will apply to Lille, Grenoble, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne.
The pandemic has already caused 1.08 million deaths worldwide and has affected 38.2 million people. With more than 244,000 fatalities and 6.7 million cases, Europe is the region in the world where the disease has advanced the most in the past week, as it is expected to repeat itself this week.
– Europe protects itself –
In Germany, changes are also being announced. Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to impose new restrictions, including expanding the mandatory use of the mask and anticipating the closing hours of bars and restaurants in areas where the rate of contagion exceeds the limits set by the government.
Germany announced 5,132 new contagions declared within 24 hours, which represents the biggest increase in just one day in six months, according to the Robert Koch Institute for Epidemiological Surveillance.
Portugal is also preparing to tighten restrictions and will ask parliament to determine the mandatory use of the mask. In the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has tightened its measures and London is preparing to fight on another front: the secret service works to protect new vaccine projects from foreign interference, said the new MI5 chief, Ken McCallum.
In Spain, Catalonian bars and restaurants will remain closed for 15 days to try to avoid “total confinement”. Catalonia thus joins other regions – such as Madrid, Andalusia, Navarra and Galicia – that have enacted measures to combat the increase in contagion.
Russia recorded a new record for daily infections, with 14,231 new cases. At the Vatican, the Pope avoided contact with the faithful today. The Italians woke up on Wednesday with the news that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has the disease.
– Opas announces quick test –
In the United States, the country most affected by the new coronavirus, YouTube has announced that it will remove content that meets the consensus of experts about possible vaccines against the disease.
In view of the dramatic situation in that country and in Latin America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19 that can be performed anywhere and that presents the result in minutes. Opas believes that the new solution could transform the region’s response to the pandemic.
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The situation remains worrying. In Guatemala, the government decreed the closure of cemeteries from October 31 to November 2, a period in which thousands of people honor their deceased relatives. The Mexican League announced that fans will be able to gradually return to the stadiums starting this week.