Covid-19 Second Wave

Regional News • Europe • France
Bars and restaurants to be shut in four more cities in France
Lyon Restaurants
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After Marseille and Paris, the cities of Lyon, Lille, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne will close their bars and restaurants from Saturday.

The maximum-alert level in the country comes into effect when infection rates in a locality exceed 250 cases per 100,000 people, and at least 30% of intensive care beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients.

The French government announced the measures as the country had a near-record of 18,129 new cases in a day.

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WHO: Coronavirus fatigue is increasing
WHO: Coronavirus fatigue is increasing
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"Based on aggregated survey data from countries across the Region, we can see, not surprisingly, that fatigue among those surveyed is increasing," World Health Organization's Europe director Hans Kluge said in a statement Tuesday. "Although fatigue is measured in different ways, and levels vary per country, it is now estimated to have reached over 60% in some cases."

While increasing fatigue levels were expected, Kluge urges "to reinvigorate and revive efforts to tackle the evolving COVID-19 challenges."

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Paris: Alert set to maximum after surge in Coronavirus cases, bars will close from Tuesday on
Paris: Alert set to maximum after surge in Coronavirus cases, bars will close from Tuesday on
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The French government has raised the Coronavirus alert of Paris to maximum after a period of a high number of infections. As a result, bars, gyms and swimmings pools with close from Tuesday for at least two weeks. Restaurants can remain open with strict hygiene rules.

Police chief Didier Lallement said that braking measures were needed "because the epidemic is moving too fast" and to "slow it down so that our health system is not overwhelmed."

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Spain: Government warns of "serious risks" for Madrid residents without tougher restrictions
Meeting between Spanish Government and Madrid Covid 19 task force
Meeting between Spanish Government and Madrid Covid 19 task force Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The Spanish government has warned that Madrid's residents will face "serious risk" if the city's authorities don't implement tougher Coronavirus restrictions.

Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Madrid's authorities need to "put the health of citizens first" and to control the pandemic as "there is a serious risk for inhabitants, for the neighbouring regions." Illa urged authorities to "act with determination."

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Madrid requests the "urgent" logistic intervention of the Army and the incorporation of 300 non-EU doctors

The Governing Council of the Community of Madrid has decided this Wednesday to ask the central Executive for the intervention of the Army in the region to help exercise the Covid-19 virus containment strategy.

Government spokesperson and vice-president, Ignacio Aguado, has stated that they "have decided to formally request from the Government of Spain in a meeting this Thursday urgent military logistical support for the installation of tents, testing and disinfection work in each of the basic health areas with restrictions in place".

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Spain: Prime Minister meets Madrid chief over joint Covid-19 measures
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso Credit: La Moncloa

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso on Monday to coordinate measures against the spread of the new coronavirus, as the Madrid region has become the epicentre of the Covid-10 crisis in Spain, with more than one-third of all newly reported infections.

Sánchez stated that "Madrid needs a special plan."

The harshness of the second wave in the Community forces a change in the political climate, and the face-to-face between Pedro Sánchez and Isabel Díaz Ayuso signalled a thaw in months of frosty relations.

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Czech Health Minister warns the country could declare coronavirus state of emergency

In a televised debate Sunday, Health Minister Adam Vojtech stated the Czech government could declare a state of emergency if a recent spike in Covid-19 cases continues in the coming days.

Vojtech said: "Should we need to have some deeper measures (against the epidemic), then the emergency state will be necessary."

The Czech Republic reported a total of 48,306 cases as of Saturday, Health Ministry data showed.

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Johnson considers new restrictions amid surging COVID-19 cases
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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PM Boris Johnson is considering tougher restrictions in England as the country sees "a second wave" of COVID-19, among them a ban on households mixing and reducing opening hours for eaters.

Mr Johnson said he did not "want to go into bigger lockdown" but that stricter measures might be necessary to curb infections. "Clearly when you look at what is happening, you have got to wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six that we brought in on Monday," Johnson added.

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France reports daily record of Covid-19 cases
Paris Place Charles de Gaulle  during the Covid-19 lockdown
Paris Place Charles de Gaulle during the Covid-19 lockdown Credit: ERIC SALARD (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The French health authorities reported 13,498 new confirmed Covid-19 cases Saturday, a new record for daily cases. Since the beginning of the outbreak 442,194 were infected in the country.

France also reported 29 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 31,274.

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Bordeaux: Doctor says ICUs are nearing capacity
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, the head of the intensive care unit at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Bordeaux, told CNN that the city's ICUs are nearing capacity. His hospital only has 10 of 35 beds available. France is experiencing a resurgence of Coronavirus cases. Dr. Joannes-Boyau says the first wave was like a sprint while the second will be more like a marathon.

Dr. Catherine Fleureau, director of the CHU, agreed and said: "It's also going to be harder than last time, because this wave, I think, will grow progressively and then last over time."

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Madrid to impose targeted lockdowns amid rising Covid-19 infections
Madrid to impose targeted lockdowns amid rising Covid-19 infections
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Madrid, one of the worst-hit regions in Spain, will introduce targeted lockdowns and other restrictions in areas with faster spreading Covid-19 infections.

"Madrid wants to flatten the curve before the arrival of autumn and the complications that cold weather could bring," so deputy regional health chief Antonio Zapatero, adding that regional lockdowns will most likely affect southern, working-class neighbourhoods where Covid-19 infections have been rising since August.

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Marseille, Bordeaux: Stricter Coronavirus measures to curb spread of virus
Bordeaux, France during lockdown in March, 2020
Bordeaux, France during lockdown in March, 2020 Credit: Patrice CALATAYU from Bordeaux, France / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Marseille and Bordeaux announced stricter measures to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus. Work from home should be implemented wherever possible. Public transport companies are asked to reorganise to prevent overcrowding during rush hours. Major events are ordered to cancel or postpone. Sale of alcohol on the street after 8pm is now also forbidden in Marseille.

Christophe Mirmand, the government’s top official in greater Marseille area: "The virus has accelerated despite the obligation to wear a mask introduced earlier this summer. We need to take action to ensure health services can cope."

Regional News • Middle East
Israel three-week lockdown to start on September 18
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Hudson Institute (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Israeli government agreed to impose a three-week nationwide lockdown that would go into effect on Friday at 11:00 UTC, on the eve of Rosh Hashana holiday. The country will be the first to reimpose restrictions on a national scale.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a press briefing that warnings by health officials led to the government's decision, which would restrict Israelis to a 500-meter radius of their residence.

With the country already hit by a deep, pandemic-induced recession, the decision to reinstate lockdown has divided the government and the nation.

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Austria sees second wave of Covid-19, mandates masks in public indoor places
Austria sees second wave of Covid-19, mandates masks in public indoor places
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Austria has seen a rise in Covid-19 infections, reporting 869 cases on Saturday. Masks will be mandatory in most public indoor places from Monday on, including all stores, museums and government buildings. Events will be limited to 50 attendants indoors and 100 attendants outdoors if no fixed seating is available. Events with spaced seating will be limited to 1,500 attendants inside and 3,000 attendants outdoors.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he expected that the stricter measures will stay in force "for a long time", and Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler said that the government wants to avoid a second lockdown.

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"Clear worsening" of Coronavirus spread in France, 42 départements on "red" alert
"Clear worsening" of Coronavirus spread in France, 42 départements on "red" alert
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France recorded almost 10,000 new Coronavirus cases on Thursday – highest daily record since March. 42 départements are now put on 'red' alert. The French government is currently avoiding tougher restrictions even though the Coronavirus is "circulating more and more"

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that testing for priority cases will be fast-tracked and additional testers will be recruited. Mandatory quarantine for people who have tested positive is down to seven days instead of fourteen. 

Regional News • Middle East
Israel goes back into complete lockdown
Israel goes back into complete lockdown
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With 4.038 newly reported Covid-19 cases on Thursday, Israel has reached the highest one-day value of new cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic for the fourth consecutive day.

The Covid-19 cabinet has now decided in favor of a new two-week lockdown, pending the approval of the government. Israelis would then be only allowed to move up to 500 meters away from their home. Schools, restaurants and shops would be closed.

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French new Covid-19 cases at a record high
Paris Champs-Élysées during the Covid-19 lockdown
Paris Champs-Élysées during the Covid-19 lockdown Credit: ERIC SALARD (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

France reported 9,843 new Covid-19 infections Thursday, the highest single-day total since the start of the outbreak.

The French Government will hold a cabinet meeting on Friday with President Emmanuel Macron stating he hopes any new measures would not be too restrictive.

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England limits social gatherings to six people
England limits social gatherings to six people
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From Monday the 14th of September on it'll be illegal in England to meet with more than six people, following a law change to contain a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Exempt from this regulation will be schools and schools. Weddings, funerals, and organized teams sports will be exempt as well if they are Covid-secure.

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Spain: Salvador Illa rules out second lockdown
Spain: Salvador Illa rules out second lockdown
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Even though Spain sees a surge in Coronavirus cases, Health Minister Salvador Illa rules out a second lockdown. Madrid will most likely also not be isolated, even though it currently is the most affected region.

Illa: "We’re seeing an increase in cases, but there’s no comparison with what we saw in March; the system isn’t overwhelmed. We need to take concrete measures and we are."

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Netherlands, Belgium confirm Covid-19 reinfections
Netherlands, Belgium confirm Covid-19 reinfections
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Individuals in Belgium and the Netherlands have been reinfected with the coronavirus, Dutch media have reported. Some experts believe it is a good sign.

A patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium have been reinfected with the coronavirus, Dutch media reported Tuesday, following reports that scientists in Hong Kong had confirmed the first known reinfection.

Jesse Goodman, a former US Food and Drug Administration chief scientist has stated as a responses to the Hong Kong case that: "if there is a reinfection, it suggests the possibility there was residual immunity that helped protect the patient'' from getting sick again.