During the Coronavirus Disease in France, Dr. Henri Faure and medical staff in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Robert Ballanger Hospital in Aulnay-sous-Bois in Paris, France, provided treatment for a patient suffering from Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) , October 26, 2020.
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German officials announced strict new business restrictions on Wednesday aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, and France is preparing to take more measures before the president’s speech.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany will shut down restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other such facilities for a four-week suspension of operations from November 2 in an effort to control the virus.
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She said: “These are severe measures.” “We must take action now to avoid an urgent national health emergency.”
She said stores, schools and daycare will continue to operate, but will face new restrictions on capacity. Merkel said the restaurant will continue to be open for takeaway. She urged the public to avoid unnecessary travel.
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.”
According to its disease control agency, Germany reported a record 14,964 new cases on Wednesday. CNBC’s analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University showed that in the past week, the country reported an average of more than 11,100 new viruses every day, an increase of more than 61% from a week ago.
While more and more people worry that the proliferation of cases and the government’s response may damage the already weak economy, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said that November will be a critical month.
Schultz said: “November will be a real month.” “More and more infections are forcing us to take tough countermeasures to break the second wave with targeted and temporary measures, including Companies provide effective financial assistance.”
With the advent of cold weather, the virus spread rapidly in most of the northern hemisphere, forcing people to enter indoors and making it easier to spread. European officials have also attributed this surge to “pandemic fatigue”, which means that people are tired of strictly complying with public health measures.
France is also preparing to adopt new restrictions. President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a speech in France at 3 pm Eastern time on Wednesday. According to data from Johns Hopkins, in the past week, the country reported an average of more than 38,700 new virus cases every day, an increase of more than 54% from a week ago.
The Italian Ministry of Health said that a record 24,991 new cases were reported in Italy on Wednesday. According to data from Johns Hopkins, in the past week, the country reported an average of more than 18,600 new virus cases every day, an increase of 88% from a week ago.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a news conference on Wednesday: “We are now in the second wave.”
-Reuters, Associated Press and CNBC Nate Ratner Contributed to this report.