The restrictions, which go into effect on Thursday midnight, will keep restaurants, bars and non-essential businesses closed until December 2.
The British shutdown comes days after similar measures were enacted in France and Germany, and before some parts of Italy become “red zones” on Friday.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s parliamentary vote, paving the way for the new key policy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “facing” forecast data that the UK’s National Health Service The (NHS) could “fall” in the face of increased demand because of Covid-19.
Johnson said the number of deaths during the second episode of the pandemic likely exceeded those recorded in the spring, with coronaviruses in some hospitals “already higher than during the high season. point of the first wave. “
“And when I looked at what was happening now among some of our continental friends, and the doctors who had tested positive were asked to work in Covid, and to the patients Being taken to hospitals in some other countries simply to create space, I can only come to one conclusion: I̵7;m not willing to take risks with the lives of British people, “Johnson said.
The UK reported its second largest daily increase in cases on Wednesday with 25,177 new infections recorded over 24 hours. According to government data, there were 492 additional deaths, and the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 increased to 12,320.
France, Italy and the UK reported the highest number of new cases during that period, although Andorra, Czech Republic and Belgium reported the highest incidence per population.
“France is the country with the third highest number of new cases globally, with more than 275,000 reported last week … up 27% from the previous week,” said WHO.
While cases in France increased on par with most of Europe from August onwards, the country saw a significant increase in infections in October, and the number of Covid-19 patients among The “fast-paced” intensive care unit, the report said.
France reported 854 Covid-19-related deaths over 24 hours on Tuesday – an average of one person died every 1 minute 41 seconds – and the nation’s highest daily figure since April 15, according to data released by the French Health Authority.
Send in the army
The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is putting hospitals in some European countries under serious stress.
Special care units in the Belgian capital Brussels reached full capacity on Monday, and military personnel were deployed to a new emergency unit to help relieve congestion in illnesses. institute in the Liège region of the country.
According to the Sciensano National Health Authority, a record 877 Covid-19 patients were admitted to Belgian hospitals in the past 24 hours. The largest number of people enrolled in the first pandemic was 629 people, on March 28.
Switzerland is also deploying its military to help manage the growing number of Covid-19 hospital admissions, the Swiss government said on Wednesday.
The government says 2,500 soldiers will be present to help hospitals treat or transport coronavirus patients in areas where local resources have been “exhausted”.
Switzerland and Liechtenstein registered 10,073 new Covid-19 cases daily, 247 hospitalizations and 73 new deaths on Wednesday.
The new steps are limited
The Italian government, which warned that the country may run out of hospital beds by the end of November, passed measures including a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a new limited “traffic light” system. area.
Public transport will commute at 50% capacity; the museums will be closed; masks must be worn by all students aged six years and over; and restaurants and bars close at 6 pm
In the “orange zone”, people will be banned from leaving the area except for work or health reasons, and bars and restaurants are closed except for deliveries and take-out. In the “red zone”, people will not be allowed to leave their town and all non-essential shops will close. The new rules will be in effect from Thursday through December 3.
The regions of Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta will become “red zones” from Friday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Wednesday. The region of Puglia and the island of Sicily will become the “orange zone”.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced further restrictions from Saturday, including distance learning for young children, closed cultural facilities, reduced-capacity shops and hotels only open. door for business trips.
“One step beyond the measures we are announcing today is national quarantine alone, which is full lock,” said Morawiecki.
Poland recorded a record increase with nearly 25,000 coronavirus infections and 373 deaths on Wednesday.
Austria recorded 6,211 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, reaching 6,000 for the first time, according to the Ministry of the Interior. It takes place the day after the country begins a second national lock, with entertainment and cultural facilities closed and a curfew from 8pm to 6am in place.
Austria has reported a total of 125,792 coronavirus infections and 1,277 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Greece’s prime minister is expected to announce further restrictions on Thursday after the country registers a record 2,646 cases of Covid-19 daily, according to the country’s National Public Health Organization. , bringing the total to 46,892 cases; 18 more people died, bringing the total to 673.
The Greek media suggested that a national strike was being considered. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said earlier this week that it could not be ruled out, based on the situation across Europe.
Hungary reported a new daily record, with 4,219 cases and 90 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a Facebook video on Tuesday that the country is reapplying a state of emergency, allowing the government to rule by decree for 90 days from midnight. This will include curfew from midnight to 5am, wearing a mask at locations and closing nightclubs.
He warned hospitals could run out of capacity by mid-December if the current trend continues.
Even Sweden is tightening the restrictions. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced on his Facebook page that no more than eight people are allowed to sit at the same table at restaurants or bars.
He is also implementing measures in more regions, meaning “seven out of ten Swedes are covered by stricter recommendations.”
Measures include asking people to avoid physical contact, busy indoor environments and gatherings; employees are encouraged to work from home if possible.
“The important thing is that everyone understands the seriousness right now. None of us forget what spring looks like,” Löfven said.
CNN’s Simon Cullen, James Frater, Sharon Braithwaite, Nina Avramova, Amy Cassidy, Antonia Mortensen, Chris Liakos, Mick Krever, Livia Borghese, Henrik Pettersson, Delia Gallagher and Duarte Mendonca contributed to the report.