Several European countries have suffered a second wave of infections.
A man awaits the arrival of the metro in Prague. EFE / EPA / MARTIN DIVISEK
Coronavirus infections are increasing in different European countries, in some cases with peaks in this second wave of the pandemic, while several governments reinforce restrictive measures to limit the disease, especially in the hospitality sector.
The Robert Koch Institute of Virology (RKI) reported 2,828 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the highest level recorded since April in Germany. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Germany has registered 306,086 confirmed infections and 9,562 people have died. Last Friday the number of new infections reported by the RKI had been 2,673, which at the time was the highest level since April.
The situation has particularly worsened in Berlin, where bars and restaurants have been ordered to close at the latest at 11pm. In addition, private parties in closed premises may not exceed ten attendees and, between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, groups of more than five people may not be formed.
In Germany, according to the RKI criteria, the category of risk zone or region is entered when there are more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week. The regional governments, which have the majority of responsibilities in the field of Health, have agreed that when that figure is exceeded in a district, special measures are taken.
The two large French urban areas, Paris and Marseille, are on high alert for the coronavirus this Wednesday with bars and cafes closed, within the restrictive measures imposed in a context of very high level of infections. This Tuesday, the French public health agency reported 10,489 new infections throughout the country and 65 deaths, which have already killed 32,365 people since the beginning of the epidemic.
Given the strong incidence in Paris and the neighboring departments in recent days, from Tuesday the metropolitan area of the capital will have bars and cafes closed for at least 15 days, which had already been applied to the urban area of Marseille and Aix in Provence (southeast) since last week. Restaurants can open, but with reinforced security, in particular a maximum of six people at each table, which has to be separated from the others by more than one meter.
The United Kingdom already has 42,445 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and has experienced a clear upturn in daily infections in recent days, with another 14,542 additional positives this Tuesday, according to the latest data. The Ministry of Health revealed that the total number of infected since last March also amounts to 530,113 and this Tuesday it became aware of another 76 deaths related to the disease.
In the United Kingdom, restrictions continue to contain the pandemic, such as the so-called “rule of six” in England, which vetoes social gatherings of more than six individuals or the obligation to wear masks in shops and hospitality centers as well as on public transport . Likewise, the British Government advises citizens to maintain the teleworking formula as much as possible.
In Italy, the Government will shortly approve a decree to oblige the use of the mask at all times and also outdoors when other people are present, except in sports activities. It is the only new measure approved after a rebound in cases in recent weeks.
According to the latest data relating to the last 24 hours released by the Ministry of Health, 2,677 new infections have been registered, a figure in line with that of recent days. Thus, the number of infected people rises to 330,263 since the beginning of the crisis, on February 21. In the country there are currently 60,134 patients with COVID-19.
The Czech Republic registered 4,457 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, a new record that raises the cumulative rate of positives in the past two weeks to 327 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the EU ahead of 302 in Spain.
The country has been in a state of emergency since Monday, after the new restrictions decreed in September to curb the coronavirus have had little impact, including advancing the closure of bars and restaurants, or imposing the mask in all indoor public spaces and means of transportation. In total, 90,022 positives have been registered since the start of the pandemic, of which 794 have died.
The Israeli government approved a weeklong extension of the controversial law prohibiting demonstrations and indoor prayer during lockdown on Tuesday night, as hundreds of people demonstrated in Tel Aviv calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The ministers approved this measure after the head of Health, Yuli Edelstein, highlighted that the number of infected by the virus in the country has quadrupled since the beginning of September, the digital 'Times of Israel' reported. After about three weeks of confinement, the numbers of new infections in Israel have begun to decline, from about 9,000 detected in one day last week to less than 6,000 new cases on Tuesday. The positives ratio has also dropped, from more than 15% to around 10%.
Poland registered a new maximum of infections with COVID-19 in one day, with 3,003 infections verified in 24 hours, the highest level registered in that country since the start of the pandemic, health authorities reported today. The daily death toll was 75, bringing the total to 2,792 deaths. The count of infections verified so far rises to 107,319.
This evolution confirms the clear upturn in new cases in this country, where the pandemic had a more moderate behavior in the months in which the first wave was registered on a European scale, between March and April.