Second wave of COVID-19 is already in Europe: France and Belgium impose curfew
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France and Belgium are imposing a curfew in light of the second wave of COVID-19, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to Euronews.com.
Many residents of nine French cities on Friday evening went to restaurants, where they could sit until midnight for the last time before the curfew. From Saturday and at least the next six weeks from 9 pm to 6 am, going outside without special permission will be prohibited. During the day, the number of coronavirus infections in the country increased by another 25 thousand.
Jean Castex, Prime Minister of France: “We understand that the second wave is already here, that the number of patients is growing, that the virus is the same, that its intensity has not decreased. And we are seeing a decline in the age of people suffering from the virus. This clearly shows that mobilization must be universal and that no one, absolutely no one, is safe. "
A new daily record for coronavirus infections was set by Germany - more than 7 thousand. Some experts attribute this growth to a significant increase in testing compared to the first wave. In the fight against the epidemic, the German authorities have also tightened the rules for wearing masks.
Meanwhile, in the UK, a difficult situation along with London and Liverpool is developing in Manchester. But the authorities of this city refuse to go on tougher quarantine measures, despite the government's attempts to convince them of the need. Boris Johnson said that he could introduce new restrictions and decisions from the center, but noted that they would be more effective with local support.
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Great Britain: "With the current trends, in just over two weeks there will be more patients with COVID in intensive care than at the peak of the first wave. Therefore, I urge the mayor to reconsider his opinion and start constructive cooperation."
On Monday Belgium introduces a curfew from midnight to 5 am, closes all cafes and restaurants for a month, and after 8 pm prohibits the sale of alcohol in stores.