France and Germany announced new lockdowns on Wednesday. There is a sharp rise in infections across Europe, including the UK, which announced 24,701 new corona cases, and 310 new deaths.
Addressing national TV, French President Emmanuel Macron declared tough restrictions. The national lockdown will start from Friday at least for one month requiring people to remain in their homes. People would only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical emergencies. Non-essential businesses such as restaurants, bars and shops deemed nonessential will close, but schools and factories will remain open, he said.
Daily death rates of COVID deaths in France are at the highest level since April. On Tuesday, 33,000 new cases were confirmed. Macron stated the country risked being “overwhelmed by a second wave that will undoubtedly be harder than the first.”
“Coronavirus is spreading faster than even the most pessimistic forecasts.”French President Emmanuel Macron
Meanwhile, Germany will also impose a less severe but an emergency lockdown that includes closure of gyms, theatres and restaurants.
Sharp rise in COVID Deaths in Europe figured out shortly
There is a sharp rise in infections across Europe, including the UK which announced 24, 701 new corona cases, and 310 new deaths.
As per a new study revealed in England, almost 100,000 people are actually catching the virus daily. The study also warns researchers that something has to change to lessen the future hazards.
Several countries including France have imposed night curfews. After the introduction of the new restrictions, Europe’s biggest economies figured out sharp falls in the financial markets on Wednesday.
European Commission President Ursula Von den Leyen said, “We are deep in the second wave, and I think this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”
Why is France Acting Now?
French President Macron said in a televised address on Wednesday that France must “brutally apply the brakes to avoid being submerged by the acceleration of the pandemic”.
Coronavirus is spreading faster than even the most pessimistic forecasts, he said.
As per new rules, people would need to fill in a form to justify leaving their homes, as was required in the initial lockdown in March. Social gatherings are also banned. He said that public services and factories will remain open as the economy must not collapse or stop.
New restrictions in Germany
A partial lockdown will start in Germany on November 2 under terms agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state premiers.
- Schools will remain open.
- Limited social contacts between two households with a maximum of 10 people.
- Tourism will be banned.
- Restaurants will open only for takeaways and bars will be closed.
- Tattoos and massage parlours will shut.
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These measures were necessary to avoid a national emergency, said the German Chancellor.