A British government scientific adviser on Saturday warned that the pandemic was “raging” in the UK, the protests against the new Covid-19 measures had turned violent in Spain and Italy, while Germany reported a record number of cases for the fourth day in a row.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could announce a new embargo against Britain during a press conference on Monday, according to senior sources cited by Britain’s The Times. A British government adviser, who requested anonymity, told CNN the reports were true.
The measures, including closing everything except for essential stores and schools, will be in place as soon as Wednesday, The Times reported.
CNN contacted the Downing Street press office, which confirmed the press conference on Monday but said the reports of the national lock were speculative only.
Johnson had previously said that he wanted to “avoid the misery of another session”;, but he didn’t rule it out.
Calum Semple, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and a consultant respiratory pediatrician, says tighter restrictions are needed to slow down. spread of the virus.
“It’s growing a bit slower than spring, but like a super tanker, it’s really moving,” he told BBC Radio 4 on Saturday.
There are more cases, especially among young women between the ages of 20 and 40, “because they come into contact with retail establishments, hotels and some educational institutions,” Semple said.
“Unlike the first wave where we had a national lockdown to protect a large number of society, this outbreak is currently rioting across all age groups.”
Leading scientists have warned for weeks that another hardening session will be needed in the UK instead of the current localization “grant” system.
“We tried softer approaches and they weren’t working as quickly as we would like,” virologist Julian Tang of the University of Leicester told CNN. “And now the virus has spread and spread more than expected, even in the worst case scenario.”
He said it was “not surprising” following the growth in case the numbers are seen after the easing of restrictions in Europe at the end of the summer.
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said on Twitter that the UK has “overcame ‘reasonable worst case scenario’,” outlined by government scientists in September, with fertility rates of country (number R) higher than 1, indicates the virus is spreading. “The best time to act is a month ago but these are very difficult decisions that we all want to avoid. The second best time is now,” he wrote.
The UK recorded 274 deaths on Friday and 24,405 cases, bringing the total to 46,229 and 989,745, respectively.
Violence in anti-lockout protests
The protests against the new Covid-19 measures turned violent in Spain on Friday night when hundreds of protesters took to the streets, according to Spanish media outlets.
According to the Catalonia Interior Ministry, at least 12 people, including two minors, were arrested after “severe riots” broke out in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia.
“Tonight’s serious riot ended with 12 people arrested [including two minors], 20 officers were injured, at least two facilities were looted … and some police cars were damaged, “Catalonia police said on Twitter earlier on Saturday.
On Friday, the Catalonia region became one of at least 10 regions to close the border to help fight Spain’s second wave of Covid-19. The closure of the current bars and restaurants in Catalonia has been extended for another 15 days, with shopping malls, movie theaters, theaters and gyms now also ordered to close.
There was turmoil in several other cities on Friday night, including Burgos and Santander.
Spanish health authorities on Friday reported a record 25,595 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,185,678. The death toll amounted to 35,878 with 239 new deaths, according to official figures.
The Florence police press office told CNN on Saturday hundreds of protesters gathered at Florence’s historic center and clashed with police on Friday night.
Italian health official Gianni Rezza said that “there is no good news”, as the number of cases has risen to 31,084, bringing the total to 647,674. The number of deaths increased 199 to 38,321.
According to a joint report by the Italian Ministry of Health and the Italian Institute of Health, many areas of Italy are facing “serious risk”.
Lombardy – where the worst hit during the pandemic – and Campania, the second most severely affected, were among the 11 regions classified as “high risk” for Covid-19 transmission.
The hospital is under pressure
Germany reported a record number of coronavirus infections for the fourth consecutive day Saturday with 19,059 new infections in 24 hours, according to the country’s Disease Control Agency, Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The number of new infections broke Friday’s record of 18,681. The total number of German cases is currently 518,753 and the death toll increased 103 to 10,452, according to the RKI.
Germany will take large-scale containment measures from Monday in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the government decided on Wednesday night. Bars, restaurants and cafes will remain closed unless taken away. Theaters and concert halls will be closed, as well as amateur sports and recreational sports facilities.
Belgium, which will send patients to Germany for treatment as hospital admissions are high, will adopt new close-off measures for six weeks from Sunday night.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said: “We will go back to a tight lockdown, with only one purpose: to ensure that our healthcare system does not collapse,” said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said when he announced the restrictions on Friday.
Measures include closing non-essential stores, hair salons and restaurants; Masks are required when gathering outdoors with up to four people and mixing indoors except in “cuddly contact” or people in support balloons. The rules will apply until December 13. Schools will remain off until November 15.
“We have to limit body contact as much as possible, adding that this is” the last chance if we want to lower this curve, “said De Croo.
France started its second national course on Friday, which runs the first four weeks, until December 1 at “minimum”. Rules will be loosened during spring lockouts, with schools and workplaces still open.
However, people will only be allowed to go out “to work, to see a doctor, to take care of loved ones, to shop for essentials and to breathe the air,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.
“Viruses are circulating at a rate that cannot be predicted by even the most pessimistic,” Macron added.
According to Macron, a curfew that has been in place in Paris and other cities does not affect the spread of the virus.
Parks, gardens and open-air markets will be open but traveling between areas is prohibited.
Macron acknowledged the “tremendous effort” of businesses forced to close, saying “15 days from now, we will re-evaluate the situation” and “reopen if the situation allows. “
Greece has also expanded containment measures from high risk areas to the whole country. In his televised address Saturday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined a series of measures for the country that would take effect on Tuesday November 3 and last for a month.
There will be a nightly curfew from midnight to 5am, the use of the mask will be mandatory everywhere and many people will be encouraged to work from home.
The number of coronavirus infections in Europe since the start of the pandemic has surpassed 10 million, with more than 1.5 million confirmed cases last week, World Health Organization European Director Hans Kluge said today. Thursday.
During a meeting with European Health Ministers, Kluge said hospital admissions had risen to “levels not seen since the spring”, with death rates rising 32% across the region last week.
“Europe is again at the heart of this pandemic,” Kluge said.
“In the face of the danger of alarming, I must express our true concern and convey our unwavering commitment to stand by your side and to give you the best support possible.”
What does locking the door “don’t necessarily mean in March or April”, Kluge said, and the indirect economic effects must be considered.
But for much of Europe, this new key period looks even more difficult than what happened before.
CNN’s Chris Liakos, Simon Cullen, Hande Atay Alam, Fred Pleitgen and Tatiana Arias, Amy Cassidy, Gaelle Fournier, Tim Lister, Tatiana Arias, Valentina Di Donato and Zahid Mahmood contributed the report.