The United States reports record new coronavirus infections for the third day in a row, when newly elected president Joe Biden vows to act against pandemic on “first day” in severely affected country most in the world.
Global infections have risen to 49 million and Europe has become the epicenter of a new pandemic in recent weeks with more than 300,000 deaths – nearly a quarter of the global total.
More than 127,000 new infections were reported in the US on Friday, the third consecutive daily record.
When Biden finally emerged as the winner of Tuesday’s US presidential election, he promised not to waste time resolving the pandemic.
“I want everyone, everyone to know on the first day we will implement this virus control plan,”; said the Democratic-Party’s elected president, who will take office until January.
– ‘More trust’ –
Across the Atlantic, Greece became the latest European country to enter Saturday’s shutdown, with the continent reeling from a relentless second wave of coronavirus.
Under measures that took effect before dawn, the Greeks could only leave their homes if they received authorization for a cell phone request. Essential stores may still be open, including supermarkets and pharmacies.
Ermou’s main shopping street was quiet.
But hair salons have been allowed to open for another two days and they have been booked.
“I want to do my hair so that what I see in the mirror every morning while locking the phone won’t make me sad,” Petrina said ahead of Sunday’s appointment.
These measures are subject to imposing restrictions in Italy, France, Ireland and the UK, while Switzerland is also being hit hard by the virus.
Poland also introduced the new measures on Saturday, closing most of its shopping centers. The Warsaw government is also closing movie theaters, theaters, galleries and other cultural institutions and providing hotels only to business travelers.
Germany reported daily record figures on Saturday with 23,399 new cases and 130 deaths.
Protesters, a few wearing masks, demonstrated in the eastern German city of Leipzig, against restrictions imposed to contain the pandemic.
Organizers put 20,000 voters to vote while police said some attacked them after being asked to disband.
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With the population increasing, despite the protests locked, protesters and police have also clashed in many parts of Italy and the Czech Republic in recent weeks.
The Italian government announced new measures earlier on Saturday to help businesses and families cope with the latest restrictions, including a nationwide night curfew and locking doors in four regions.
The media reported that the latest aid package will be worth 2.5 billion euros ($ 3.0 billion).
Giorgio Gori, mayor of Bergamo – the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Italy earlier this year – said “there is more fatigue and distrust around it” than the first time locked, after people protested outside of his home.
In the Calabria region of southern Italy, top health officials were fired after giving evasive and inaccurate answers to journalists on viral questions.
Saverio Cotticelli didn’t seem even to know that it was his duty to prepare an operational plan to combat the pandemic.
Real Madrid stars infected with the virus –
The United States’ record infectious figures come when Donald Trump, who survived a Covid-19 wave in October and widely criticized for his handling of the crisis, refused to accept Mr. Biden’s Democratic challenger election victory.
Cases in the US are rapidly reaching 10 million, with more than 236,000 deaths, and the pandemic has hit the world’s largest economy, leaving millions out of jobs.
Trump has been a staunch opponent of lockdowns, citing their impact on the economy and constantly in conflict with his government experts on coronavirus policy.
Unlike Biden, Trump held major campaign campaigns ahead of the November 3 vote, stressing the United States was “going around” despite the rising virus.
Senior members of his administration were recently infected with the virus with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, who last gave a positive result, media said late Friday.
Pandemic has been considered one of the factors causing delays in US election results, with state authorities having canceled millions of postal ballots from unavailable citizens. Be willing to take risks by voting directly.
Governments are also exploring mass trials as a way to curb the pandemic.
In England, Liverpool on Friday started the country’s first citywide coronavirus testing program. All 500,000 residents will be offered repeat tests, even in the absence of symptoms, under a pilot plan that could be rolled out nationwide if successful.
Britain on Saturday banned entry for all non-residents coming from Denmark after a mutated version of the coronavirus involving mink farms was found in humans.
Once again the sporting world was affected as Spanish giants Real Madrid announced that two of their star players – Belgian striker Eden Hazard and Brazilian teammate Casemiro – had test results positive for coronavirus.
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