The second wave of the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) is hitting all of Europe relentlessly, prompting most countries to take measures to limit social contact in an attempt to avoid an increase in infections.
Germany recorded 5,132 new infections with the emerging coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest level since last April, according to data from the German (Robert Koch) Institute for Virology, which estimated the number of infected people at 4,122 people on Tuesday. Germany has recorded 334,585 confirmed cases since the beginning of the epidemic, and the number of deaths reached 9,677 cases.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the heads of government of Germany’s 16 federal states to coordinate tightening anti-epidemic measures.
New restrictions have been introduced in many federal states, such as closing bars and restaurants from 11:00 pm and prohibiting the sale of alcohol from this hour as well.
On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will add a new touch to the restrictions on the movement of citizens, and the matter may reach a curfew, in an attempt to contain the increasing number of injuries in the face of what his government does not hesitate to describe as a “second wave.” Many opposition leaders indicated that they would not oppose a final curfew in the country.
On Tuesday, the Public Health Agency of the French Ministry of Health announced that 12,993 new infections had been recorded within 24 hours, as well as 87 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in France to 32,933 cases. This number is significantly higher than the 8,505 cases recorded on Monday.
It is noteworthy that last week witnessed several record days, especially on Sunday, when 27 thousand new cases were reported.
The Catalonia region announced on Wednesday the closure of all bars and restaurants for a period of 15 days, among other restrictions, in an attempt to stop the increase in infections with the emerging corona virus, which has risen sharply in recent days, to record 1,620 cases in the past 24 hours.
On Wednesday, the regional authorities announced these measures, which will also affect shopping centers, as their capacity has been reduced to 30%, and gyms to 50%.
The new restrictions include the suspension of studies in universities and the suspension of all sports competitions – federal, school or private – for a period of two weeks to stop the spread of infection.
The epidemic curve in that region is out of control, with a cumulative rate of 290 cases per 100,000 people, but it is still far from Madrid, which on Tuesday recorded a rate of 489.15 per 100,000 people. The Spanish capital and eight other neighboring municipalities remain in state of emergency since last Friday.
A new three-level emergency measure for (Covid-19) will go into effect on Wednesday in Britain, as the Liverpool region (northwest) is the most affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. Most of the country is at the lowest point on this scale, which means that gatherings of more than six people are banned and hospitality places are closed after 10:00 at night.
Government health officials are set to meet this Wednesday to decide whether other areas in northern Britain, such as Greater Manchester, Lancashire and others, will enter Level Three to limit the movement of citizens.
According to the latest official figures, on the last day, 143 people died in the United Kingdom and 17,234 new infections were recorded.
On Wednesday, Russia exceeded the barrier of 14,000 daily (Covid-19) infections, after reaching 14,231 injuries, which means the continuation of the upward trend that the country has witnessed since the end of last August, without the authorities deciding to impose strict restrictions at the present time. And 1,340,409 cases have been reported in Russia since the beginning of the epidemic, of whom 23,205 died, after adding 239 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Despite the continued high number of injuries, the Russian authorities chose not to take drastic measures and repeated calls to maintain physical distancing, continue wearing masks and ensure personal hygiene. Chronic patients over the age of 65 in Moscow – where schools have been closed – are advised to stay at home and promote remote work.
The capital remains the main focus of infection in the country, and 4,573 new cases of (Covid-19) were recorded in the last day.
The Polish authorities announced on Wednesday that the new infections recorded by the new Corona virus had reached 6,526 cases in the past 24 hours, and that 116 people had died from the disease, which are two new numbers since the beginning of the epidemic in the country. Figures last week indicate an acceleration in infection in a country with a population of 38 million reported every day between March and April of 500 million.
The Polish Prime Minister, Matthews Murawiecki, announced that he would be subjected to self-isolation after he had been in contact with a person who had tested positive for the disease.
The Czech Republic recorded a total of 8,325 new cases of (Covid-19) in the past 24 hours, the second highest number since the outbreak of the epidemic, on a day when the closure of schools, bars and restaurants comes into effect for a period of two weeks.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health stated that there are currently 68,740 active infections in the country, as well as 524 cumulative cases in the past 14 days per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the European Union.
New measures to contain the epidemic will take effect on Wednesday, including the closure of schools, with the exception of nurseries, until November 2, and the closure of bars and restaurants until November 3, the date on which the state of emergency initially expires on October 5.
The authorities have asked university students to leave the university campus, and the obligation to wear a mask has been extended to all public transport stations.
In addition, alcohol in public places has been banned and the number of people who can gather inside any enclosed space has been limited to six.
Croatia recorded a total of 748 new cases of (Covid-19) during the past 24 hours, which represents a new record since the outbreak of the epidemic last March. This new number represents a major jump in daily injuries compared to the previous maximum of 542 cases, recorded on October 8.
Of the 3,210 active cases, there are 441 patients in hospital, 27 of them in intensive care. The total number of deaths has already risen to 334, after 4 new cases were recorded in this country of 4.5 million people.
The increase in injuries, which exceeded the rate of 1,000 cases per day during the past week and the outbreak of the disease in various universities in the country, led to the imposition of a state of alert in Portugal.
Portugal, which has so far been considered a model in managing the epidemic crisis, has witnessed an acceleration in infections for weeks, with 1,208 new infections and 16 deaths recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 89,121 cases and 2,110 deaths since the start of the epidemic.
Hospitals announced that they have reached their maximum capacity, and experts recommend the use of masks in open public places, and they call for strengthening the health system for students of the last year of medical schools.
The infection reached the government after the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, confirmed the positive, and three ministers and a state minister are still in quarantine.
Pope Francis refrained from personally greeting worshipers at the end of the public sermon to avoid crowds and infection with the emerging coronavirus, and he apologized for having to do so from a distance.
The Pope resumed his public sermon on Wednesday, September 2, after a six-month hiatus due to the closure.
For the first time, this Wednesday did not pass through the central aisle to greet worshipers, as it usually does. Pope Francis has not yet appeared in public wearing the muzzle, and he was not seen wearing the muzzle until early September in a car that was taking him in the Vatican. On the contrary, members of the Swiss Guard were seen this Wednesday wearing masks, after the Vatican confirmed that four of them had tested positive for the emerging coronavirus.