European Commission President Ursula von der Lein told reporters in Brussels: “We are in the second wave.” “I think this Christmas will be a different Christmas.”
She said that in the past seven days, only the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland constituted 1.1 million cases. “We expect this number to maintain rapid growth in the next two to three weeks.”
Prime Minister Angela Merkel said German officials have agreed to close restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other leisure facilities for four weeks to curb the sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
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Merkel said: “We must act now to avoid an urgent national health emergency.”
Restaurants are still allowed to provide takeaway food. Shops and schools will remain open, unlike the German closure period during the first phase of the pandemic.
The decision was made a few hours later. The German disease control agency said that a record 14,964 new confirmed cases were recorded across the country in the past day, bringing the total number of pandemics across the country to 449,275.
French President Macron announced that from midnight on Thursday to December 1st, there will be a second lockdown nationwide, but said that schools will remain open.
More than half of the country’s intensive care units are occupied by COVID-19 patients. As hospitals became crowded, French military and civilian aircraft transported severely ill virus patients to other areas.
France reported 288 new virus-related deaths in the 24 hours on Tuesday, and 235 in nursing homes in the past four days. Both figures are the biggest gains since May.
Macron said in his national television speech on Wednesday: “(France has been) suppressed by the second wave.”
He added: “Nothing is more important than human life.” “We have 40,000 to 50,000 newly discovered pollutants every day.”
The government is scheduled to announce details of the new lockdown on Thursday. Just like in spring, people will have to stay at home unless they want to buy necessities, go to a doctor or exercise, but the upper limit is one hour.
Macron said that if the situation improves within two weeks, some non-essential stores may reopen.
Statistics from Johns Hopkins University show that since the outbreak, there have been a total of 250,000 virus-related deaths in Europe.
In the past 14 days, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic have also seen an increase in new cases, while Germany’s infection rate is low but steadily increasing.
Merkel urged the governors of the country’s states to quickly reach an agreement to agree to a partial blockade. After they approved the move, the Prime Minister called on people not to make unnecessary trips and said that the hotel would not be able to accommodate tourists.
Merkel said: “We can say that our health system can meet today’s challenges.” “But if the rate of infection continues like this, then we will reach the limit that the health system can manage within a few weeks.”
This plan caused great pain in the German hotel industry. Thousands of venue owners held a protest at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday, demanding further financial support from the government.
In recent days, noisy and peaceful rallies have been in sharp contrast to the angry scenes when anti-mask protesters in the German capital, several Italian cities and the Czech Republic clashed with the police.
In Italy, the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, delivered a speech on Wednesday, opposing the blockade of the capital of Lombardy, the center of the rise of the new Italian virus.
The head of the European Union, Von der Leyen, acknowledged that the losses caused by the ongoing crisis are increasing.
She said: “This time we have two enemies.” “Coronavirus itself and the fatigue of the coronary cells, this is the preventive measures that are getting worse and worse.”
According to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Prague, although the Czech Republic has maintained a severe European record of nearly 1,450 cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks, it is closely followed by Belgium and closely followed by terror. Demonstrators wearing masks.
The Czech Ministry of Health said that the country’s daily number of new infections reached a record 15,663 people on Tuesday, more than reported on Wednesday in Germany, which is eight times the population of Germany.
The Czech government has further tightened its regulations, imposing a national curfew from 9 pm to 6 am starting Wednesday. Previously, it restricted free activities, closed shops, schools and restaurants, made it mandatory to wear masks indoors and outdoors, and banned sports competitions, but the number of infections continued to rise.
Although Germany performed better than many European countries, officials there warned that Germany had also begun to lose control of the situation and cited the reasons for the surge in cases in the Czech Republic, which was the reason for the earlier blockade.
Economists say that further restrictions need to be adjusted to avoid a second serious blow to companies.
Fiona Cincotta, an analyst at online trading company GAIN Capital, said: “As we have seen, the national lockdown will destroy the economy and cause major problems for the ongoing economic recovery.”
But Thomas Gitzel, chief economist of the Liechtenstein Deputy Governor Group, said that because the infection rate remains high, the temporary lockdown may not cause the harm of a long-term decline in consumer spending.
In France, people understand the choice difficulties faced by the government.
Gilles Weinzaepflen, a Parisian, said: “I don’t blame the government for consideration before making decisions that have serious consequences in many areas such as health, education and the economy.”
He added: “Those are not easy decisions. I am dissatisfied with the political debate because I think now is not the time for the moment, it is the time to unite and find solutions that are less painful. For people.”
Lorne Cook in Brussels, Maria Cheng in London and Karel Janicek in Prague contributed to this report.
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