Europe has been rocked by a strong second wave of contagion from the new coronavirus. After promoting a wide reopening, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom have announced several restriction measures that aim to contain a further explosion of Covid-19.
“We have not lost control, but in France the situation is very worrying,” French President Emmanuel Macron said during a televised address on Wednesday when he announced the night curfew.
The measure will cover nine cities, including the capital Paris, and will start on Saturday (17). The period of validity is one month. By government determination, between 9 pm and 6 am it is forbidden to leave home, with the risk of a fine. The government, however, ruled out a new lock-down.
“We are in a worrying situation, but that does not justify us being inactive or panicking. We learn from the first wave. We have had 30,000 victims, since then 2,000 additional victims. And, in fact, this virus is coming back. We are in what is often called the second wave and it affects the whole of Europe, ”he said.
In the last week, Europe was the region in the world with the greatest advance of the pandemic, which has left countries on alert. On Wednesday, Portugal declared a State of Public Calamity in the country and Italy recorded the highest number of daily cases of Covid-19 since the spread of Sars-Cov-2 – 7,322.
The previous record was 6,557, recorded on March 21. The death rate remains below 50, but it is the highest since June 20. There were 43 deaths in 24 hours. The possibility of a new lock-down has been discussed.
Germany also announced new measures on Wednesday. The operation of bars and restaurants was limited until 11 pm and private parties may have a maximum of 10 participants.
Biologist and scientific disseminator Atila Iamarino commented on the situation in European countries. “Announcing no, so drowning in the second wave. Portugal has just declared a state of calamity. And as much as some want to believe, facing worse living and health conditions does not make Brazilians more resistant ”, he wrote on Twitter.
Regarding the situation in Brazil, the researcher pointed out that the second wave will not be as visible because the first would not have ended yet. “Our wave is not going to be as clear because it stacks on top of what we are already. Our baseline today is 500 deaths a day, more deaths per million than Spain during the “second wave”. We are already worse than Spain in emergency in absolute or proportional numbers ”, he tweeted.
With information from Ansa Brasil and DW