In a state of emergency, France decrees curfew

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France decreed a state of public health emergency due to the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic in the country. Sweden, whose strategy has differed from its European neighbors, will start to tighten up the restriction measures.

In an interview broadcast on national television, quoted by Reuters, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, announced that the curfew, which will take place daily from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am the next morning, will take effect from Saturday.

The metropolitan areas where the curfew will be established, in addition to Paris, are Rouen, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Marseille and Toulouse.

The measure will remain in effect for four weeks.

In the interview, Macron rejected that the country is losing control of the pandemic, but reiterated that the increase in cases is putting the health service under pressure.

The last time France declared a state of emergency in March, it was also due to the pressure caused by hospitalizations of patients with covid-19.

Sweden prepares stricter measures

After months of trying to control the number of cases without resorting to confinement or restricted measures, Sweden wants to tighten its position in the face of the pandemic and is preparing to introduce more stringent measures

Currently, health recommendations in Sweden are for people to work from home if they can, stay at home if they show symptoms, wash your hands carefully, avoid large social gatherings, keep your distance and use individual means of transport if possible.

However, according to the Diário de Notícias, next week, the country is expected to tighten up measures against the pandemic, allowing regional authorities to introduce additional local guidelines.

Among the measures envisaged are recommendations for avoid travel unnecessary trips to shopping centers, swimming pools and other closed places where many people gather.

Netherlands enact “partial containment”

The Netherlands entered Wednesday night in “Partial confinement”, which includes the closure of bars and restaurants, to try to stop the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in the country.

“We are going to enter partial confinement. It will hurt, but it is the only solution. We need to be more rigid ”, declared the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, at a press conference.

Rutte claimed that the Netherlands needed to take another step towards confinement because few other countries in Europe saw an increase in new cases of covid-19 as in Dutch territory.

In the last seven days, the Netherlands, with around 17.3 million inhabitants, accounted for 43,903 new cases, an increase of about 60% over the previous week.

Germany with new daily record of cases

Germany has registered 6,638 infected with the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, an record since the beginning of the pandemic.

The information came just hours after the announcement of new restrictions in the 16 regional states, with the aim of preventing the resurgence of the pandemic.

The highest number of daily contamination was dated March 28, with 6,294 cases.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced on Wednesday evening the introduction of new more restrictive measures, after a meeting with officials from the 16 regional states.

For example, the number of participants in private events will be limited in regions that register more than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. In these areas, masks are mandatory whenever people are close to each other for a certain period of time.

The meetings will be limited to 25 people in public establishments and 15 in private rooms.

“I am convinced that what we do now will determine how we will overcome this pandemic,” said Merkel. “We can see (…) that the rate of infections is increasing and that in some regions it is very high. This is the reason why we should avoid the uncontrolled or exponential growth”.

Once the number of 50 new contagions per 100,000 inhabitants has been exceeded, even stricter rules will be imposed, according to the authorities.


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