The second wave of coronavirus hit hard again Europe, where many countries today registered record infections and imposed new restrictions to try to stop the advance of the pandemic, which has already left more than 39.5 million infected and 1.1 million dead in the world.
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New infections on the European continent soared 44% this week, while they decreased in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, according to the news agency AFP.
On the last day, United States and the India, the two countries with the most cases globally, were also the two nations with the most new infections, with 63,044 and 62,212 respectively, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
While France became the third country with the highest number of daily infections, with 30,543 in the last 24 hours, prompting the French Government to take drastic measures, with the imposition of a curfew in Paris and other major cities as of today that affects about 20 million people.
Also in the United Kingdom, the country most affected in Europe by Covid-19 with more than 43,400 deaths, imposed new restrictions on half of the population of England, that is, some 28 million inhabitants.
Gatherings of family and friends who do not live under the same roof were banned in London and other parts of England, while in the Lancashire region, second after Liverpool to be classified in the alert level “very high”, it was also decided close bars that don’t serve meals.
In Belgium, the third country with the most deaths from coronavirus per million inhabitants in the world, cafes and restaurants will also close from Monday for a month and there will be a curfew at night.
Meanwhile, in Italy, where the fourth day of record positives was registered with 10,952 new cases the day before, the northern region of Lombardy, the main focus of the outbreak, closed its bars and restaurants today and suspended all sporting events.
The second wave also affects The Vatican, which announced a case of coronavirus in the residence of Santa Marta, where Pope Francis lives.
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In addition, several European countries registered record numbers of infections, with exponential growth in the center and east of the continent.
Germany, which was considered one of the model countries in its management of the outbreak, registered a new maximum this Saturday for the third consecutive day, with 7,830 cases and 33 deaths in the last day.
“Forget the trips that are not necessary, the celebrations that are not essential. Stay home whenever possible. What will happen in winter, what will happen at Christmas, will be decided in the days and weeks to come,” he said, after meeting. the survey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The spiral of infections also reached record figures today in Czech Republic, with 11,105 positives detected the day before, in Austria, with 1,747 new infections, and in Hungary, where there were 1,791 cases in the last day, far from the 800 and 1,300 reported in recent weeks.
Slovenia Y Bosnia-Herzegovina also added a record of positives, with 898 and 716 new cases the day before, and Bulgaria recorded its fifth consecutive day of highs with 998 infections in the last day.
The situation also continued to worsen in Iran, where today the barrier of 30,000 deaths from the outbreak was surpassed, after adding 253 deaths in the last 24 hours, announced the Minister of Health of that country.
The total death toll stands at 30,123 and the country is the most affected in the Middle East by the pandemic and the tenth in the world, which led the authorities to impose a three-day restriction on the five largest cities in the country to prevent travel during the weekend.
Whereas in Israel, the Government announced today that it is preparing to lift from tomorrow some of the restrictions implemented a month ago, when the country had a rate of coronavirus infections that was among the highest in the world.
This first stage, however, is conditioned by the number of infections registered in the coming days, the Prime Minister’s office, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Ministry of Health reported in a statement.
If the slowdown in the spread of the virus is confirmed, Israelis will be able to move up to a kilometer beyond their home, visit other houses within the limit of less than 10 people indoors and 20 outside, or buy takeout.
Kindergartens and kindergartens will be able to reopen, as well as beaches, national parks, the Wailing Wall and the Esplanade of the Mosques.
While the number of daily infections was between 8,000 and 9,000 at the end of September, since Wednesday they began to register figures below 2,000.
In Latin America, the most affected region in the world, with 377,952 deaths and almost 10.5 million infections, the Government of Mexico said yesterday that it proposed to the United States to extend until November 21 the restrictions on non-essential transit at the border common to contain the coronavirus.