French President Emmanuel Macron stated that the local measures implemented in many major cities, including Paris, in the past few weeks are “no longer effective” and require a national lockdown. According to the new regulations, people will only be allowed to leave home to go to work or school, see a doctor, take care of relatives, and do basic shopping and exercise. Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed. Just like in spring, they will need a certificate to travel abroad.
Macron’s speech was announced a few hours after Germany also abandoned the local blockade. Next Monday, it announced regional restrictions in major cities such as Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart, as well as the partial blockade in Bavaria. The whole house service reduced the spread of the virus.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that people living in Germany are advised to stay at home, avoid travel, and “keep their contact to a minimum.”
Professor Igor Rudan, co-director of the University of Edinburgh’s Center for Global Health and the World Health Organization Collaboration Center, said that the measures taken in most of Europe in the past two months are “obviously not enough to prevent its rapid spread”. Viral.
The decision of France and Germany is an acknowledgment of the failure of their efforts to control the epidemic through local measures. However, despite the surge in the number of cases, some European countries are still resisting the nationwide blockade.
Scientists at Imperial College London warned on Thursday that the current tertiary treatment of the British government will not work. They found that the number of positive cases in England doubled every nine days and warned that stricter measures are needed to slow the spread of the disease.
Based on an analysis of 85,971 random swabs, the Imperial College’s research team estimates that approximately 96,000 people are currently infected in England every day-about five times the current official daily number of cases.
Research Director Professor Paul Elliott said in a press release: “We found that infection rates across the country are rising, and we know that this will lead to more hospitalizations and loss of life.” He said: “Now we are more At all times, we must work together to contain the further spread of the virus and avoid the subsequent overwhelming impact on health services.”
So far, the British government has been resisting the new national blockade. The British Housing Minister Robert Jenrick stated on the BBC on Thursday that the national lockdown is not “inevitable”, adding that the government is in favor of “acting where the virus is most concentrated and avoiding Some actions seen on the European continent”. “
Rudan said there may be many reasons why these measures failed to prevent a new large-scale outbreak. He told CNN in an e-mail: “Viruses have complex transmission dynamics. For the new coronavirus, it has been proven that it largely depends on people’s behavior and activities.” “However, it is still possible. Influenced by factors that we do not fully understand and cannot easily control.”
Ru Dan said that this is why some measures have been taken to control the epidemic at a certain point in time, and may need to be strengthened at another time to prevent the epidemic from increasing exponentially.
Although anti-blockade protests on the European continent continue to increase, many European countries are still adopting new measures. In recent weeks, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom have all witnessed demonstrations-some are violent.
This is what Merkel emphasized after announcing the new German blockade measures. She said on Thursday: “Lying and false information, conspiracy and hatred not only undermine the democratic debate, but also undermine the fight against the virus.”