On Wednesday, France, Germany and other parts of Europe set off a wave of new lockdowns and business closures, when the coronavirus infections in the United States and the United States surged, eradicating months of progress in combating the scourge on both continents.
The resurgence and the ensuing suppression made Wall Street shudder. The S&P 500 index fell 3.5%, the largest drop since June, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 943 points, or 3.4%.
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new nationwide lockdown from Friday, saying that the country has been “under the second wave.” Considering that 58% of the country’s intensive care units are currently occupied by COVID-1
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the closure of bars, restaurants and theaters for four weeks. She said: “We must take immediate action to avoid urgent national health emergencies.”
Countries/regions such as Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece have closed or otherwise restricted night venues again, and imposed other restrictive measures, such as curfews and mandatory wearing of masks. Madrid and other parts of Spain prohibit all travel in and out of the area, but travel is essential.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said: “We have entered the second wave. I think this Christmas will be a different Christmas.”
In the United States, cases are increasing in almost every state. The hard-hit Wisconsin Democrat Governor Donny Evers was forced to plead with people to stay home after an order overturned in the spring was overturned by the court. The governor of Illinois banned indoor dining in Chicago this week. Other states are also considering re-imposing restrictions.
According to data kept by Johns Hopkins University, the virus has killed more than 250,000 people in Europe and more than 227,000 in the United States.
The long-term fear of the surge is partly due to social distancing and disregard for wearing masks, as well as the arrival of cold weather, which forces people to enter indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread.
Infectious disease expert Dr. David Letzer also serves as chairman of the Wisconsin Medical Association COVID-19 working group and is now overwhelmed by patients. He said that when he was driving between hospitals, he was angry when he saw a person wearing a mask walk into a restaurant.
He said: “I only come from a place with ventilation. People just go to indoor restaurants.” “Those frustrating and costly things.”
In the United States, an average of more than 71,000 people test positive every day, up from 51,000 two weeks ago. With the exception of Hawaii and Delaware, cases are increasing in all other states. In 39 states, the death toll is on the rise. In the United States, an average of 805 people die a day, compared to 714 two weeks ago.
Wisconsin is one of the most serious hotspots in all states. On Tuesday, it set a record of nearly 5,300 infections and 64 deaths. According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, about 12% of intensive care beds in the state are available on Tuesday.
“I’m absolutely exhausted now,” said Dr. Jeff Potterhoff, the chief quality officer of UW Health, a hospital and medical facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He said that nearly a third of COVID-19 patients are in the intensive care unit, filling all three parts of the ICU. Some require one-on-one care around the clock.
He said: “We will do everything we can to keep them alive.”
He said that the hospital has begun training doctors and nurses to deal with the virus and is trying to persuade retired doctors to return to work. Pothof said that he himself works 12 to 15 hours a day and is always on standby.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said that in the Northeast, the virus appeared to be under control during the summer. The state is seeing a record number of new infections and may have to restore restrictions on businesses that were relaxed a few months ago.
“We are in a bad place. The data is not encouraging. Every indicator is heading in the wrong direction,” she said.
After the devastating spring, Europe seems to have eliminated the virus in the summer. Its success is seen as a condemnation of the United States. It is also an example of what the United States will achieve if the Americans just stop political struggle and listen to scientists.
But in the past week, more than 2 million newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported globally, the shortest time ever, 46% of which were in Europe.
Both Italy and Germany set new infection records on Wednesday, with Italy reporting nearly 25,000 a day and Germany recording nearly 15,000. Infection rates in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, most of Spain and the Czech Republic have also reached alarming levels.
The World Health Organization says the death toll in Europe is also on the rise, up 35% compared to the previous week. France reported 523 virus-related deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest daily record since April.
The European Commission’s von der Leyen stated that Europe is facing “two enemies.”
She said: “We are dealing with the coronavirus-the virus itself-and coronavirus fatigue.” “In other words, people are getting tired of preventive measures.”
In Italy, which was hit hard in Lombardy and Campania, officials accused right-wing extremists, football hooligans and anarchists of using widespread dissatisfaction with new anti-virus measures in restaurants, stadiums, swimming pools and theaters as an excuse. Violence by the guerrillas in the city during recent protests.
Discussions about the new blockade also triggered unrest in Germany. Thousands of people staged protests at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, demanding more financial support from the government.
Even Sweden, which has avoided national blockades and generally adopted lighter measures than other European countries, is now urging people to avoid shops and public transportation.
Associated Press news writers from around the world contributed to the report.
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