A scientific adviser to the British government warned on Saturday that the pandemic is “commotion” in the UK, demonstrations against new Covid-19 measures have turned violent in Spain and Italy, and Germany reported a record fourth day of cases. a row.
According to the British “Times” quoting senior sources as saying that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may announce a new blockade of Britain at a press conference on Monday. A British government adviser who asked not to be named told CNN that these reports were true.
According to The Times, these measures, including closing all facilities except essential shops and schools, will be implemented as soon as possible on Wednesday.
CNN contacted the Downing Street Press Office, which confirmed Monday’s press conference, but said the national lockdown report was speculation.
Johnson had previously stated that he wanted to “avoid the pain of re-locking,”
Calum Semple, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergency Situations (SAGE), an expert consultant in respiratory pediatrics, said that stricter restrictions are needed to slow the spread of the virus.
He told BBC Radio 4 on Saturday: “Compared with the spring, the growth rate is slightly slower, but like a super tanker, it is indeed moving now.”
Semple said there are more cases, especially among young women between the ages of 20 and 40, “because they have lived for a long time in retail, hospitality and some educational environments.”
“Unlike the first wave, this wave is a nationwide confinement operation aimed at protecting the broad segments of society, and this outbreak is breaking out among people of all ages.”
For weeks, top scientists have been warning that in England, there will be a need for further lock-in, rather than the current localized “hierarchical” system.
Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester, told CNN, “We have tried softer methods, but they are not running as fast as we hoped.” “Now, even in In the worst case, the spread and seeding of the virus has greatly exceeded expectations.”
He said it was “not surprising” after seeing an increase in the number of cases after Europe eased restrictions after the summer.
The director of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar, said on Twitter that the UK has “exceeded the’reasonable worst-case scenario’,” and government scientists outlined the country’s reproduction in September. Rate (R value). Higher than 1, indicating that the virus is spreading. He wrote: “The best time to act was a month ago, but these are very difficult decisions and we all want to avoid them. Now is the second best time.”
The UK recorded 274 deaths last Friday, totaling 24,405, reaching 46,229 and 989,745 respectively.
Anti-locking violence in protests
Several Spanish media reported that on Friday night, protests against the new Covid-19 measures became violent in Spain and hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets.
The Catalan Ministry of the Interior stated that at least 12 people, including two minors, were detained after “serious riots” broke out in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Spain.
“The serious riot tonight ended with 12 detainees [including two minors], 20 injured policemen, at least two ransacked places… and several damaged police cars,” Catalan police said on Twitter early on Saturday morning.
Last Friday, the Catalonia region became one of at least 10 regions that closed their borders to help fight Spain’s second wave of Covid-19. Existing bars and restaurants in Catalonia were closed for another 15 days, and shopping centers, cinemas, theaters and stadiums were also closed.
There were also riots in several other cities on Friday night, including Burgos and Santander.
Spanish health authorities reported a record 25,595 new Covid-19 cases last Friday, bringing the total to 1,185,678. According to official data, the death toll reached 35,878, of which 239 died.
The Florence Police Press Office told CNN on Saturday that hundreds of protesters gathered in the historic center of Florence and clashed with the police on Friday night.
Italian health official Gianni Rezza said, “There is no good news” because the number of cases has reached 310.84 and the total number has reached 647,674. The death toll increased from 199 to 38,321.
A joint report issued on Friday by the Italian Ministry of Health and the Italian Institute of Health stated that many Italian regions are facing “significant risks.”
The Lombardy pandemic was hardest hit; Campania was the second most affected area and was one of the 11 areas classified as “high risk” for the spread of Covid-19.
Hospital under pressure
According to the country’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany reported a record number of coronavirus cases for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday, with 19,059 new infections in 24 hours.
The number of new infections broke the record of 18,681 cases last Friday. According to RKI, the total number of cases in Germany is now 518,753, and the death toll has risen by 103 to 10,452.
The German government decided on Wednesday night to implement extensive lockdown measures from Monday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Except for shops, bars, restaurants and cafes will remain closed. Theaters and concert halls will be closed, and amateur and recreational sports facilities will also be closed.
Belgium will send patients to Germany for treatment when the hospital admission rate soars, and will implement a six-week complete lockdown on Sunday night.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in announcing the restrictions on Friday: “We will return to a strict lockdown. This has only one purpose: to ensure that our medical system does not collapse.”
These measures include closing non-essential shops, hair salons and restaurants; compulsory wearing of masks at outdoor gatherings of up to four people, and prohibiting mixing indoors unless there are people who “hug” or support bubbles. The regulations will last until December 13. The school will maintain a holiday until November 15.
De Crowe said: “We must limit our physical contact as much as possible.” He added that this is Belgium’s “last chance if you want to lower this curve.”
France entered the second national lockdown on Friday, which will last for the first four weeks until the “lowest” on December 1. Compared with the spring confinement period, schools and workplaces will remain open, and these regulations will be more relaxed.
But French President Emmanuel Macron said that people can only “work, go to see a doctor, take care of relatives, buy necessities and breathe air” outside.
Macron added: “The spread of this virus is unpredictable even by the most pessimistic people.”
According to Macron, curfews imposed in Paris and other cities have no effect on the spread of the virus.
Parks, gardens and open-air markets will remain open, but movement between areas is prohibited.
Macron acknowledged that the companies that were forced to close would need to “make great efforts” and stated that “in 15 days from now, we will reassess the situation” and “reopen some as circumstances permit.”
Greece has also expanded its containment measures from high-risk areas to the entire country. In a televised speech on Saturday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined a series of measures for the whole country, which will take effect on November 3 (Tuesday) for a period of one month.
There will be a night curfew from midnight to 5 am, masks must be used everywhere, and more people are encouraged to work from home.
The European Director of the World Health Organization Hans Kluge (Hans Kluge) said on Thursday that there have been more than 10 million coronavirus cases in Europe since the pandemic began, and more than 1.5 million confirmed cases last week.
During a meeting with European health ministers, Kruger stated that the hospitalization rate had risen to a “level not seen since the spring,” and the death rate in the region rose by 32% last week.
Kruger said: “Europe is once again at the center of this pandemic.”
“At the risk of ringing the alarm bell, I must express our true concerns and make a firm commitment to stand firmly by your side and support you as much as we can.”
Kruger said that the blockade “does not mean what they mean in March or April” and that indirect economic impact must be considered.
But for most of Europe, this new lock-in phase seems more difficult than ever.
CNN’s Chris Liakos, Simon Cullen, Hande Atay Alam, Fred Pleitgen and Tatiana Arias, Amy Cassidy, Gaelle Fournier, Tim Lister, Tatiana Arias, Valentina Di Donato and Zahid Mahmood participated in the report.