French President Emmanuel Macron said local measures imposed on a number of major cities including Paris in the past few weeks had “stopped working” and that a national shutdown was needed. Under the new rules, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to go to work or school, get medical care, care for loved ones, do essential shopping and exercise. Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed. Just like in spring, they̵7;ll need a certificate to venture outside.
Macron’s speech came just hours after Germany also relinquished its local lockdown, announcing a nationwide ban on home stay starting next Monday after regional restrictions in the cities Major cities include Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart and the partial lockdown in the state of Bavaria cannot slow down the spread of the virus.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said German residents are advised to stay home, avoid traveling and “keep contact to an absolute minimum.” Social exposure will be limited to two households in public.
Professor Igor Rudan, general director of the Center for Global Health and the Center for Cooperation of the World Health Organization at the University of Edinburgh, said the measures were put in place over the past two months across most of Europe ” obviously not “enough” to stop the rapid spread. of the virus.
The decision by France and Germany was the recognition that their attempt to control the outbreak through local measures had failed. However, some European countries are still resisting nationwide locking of accounts, despite the growing number of cases.
Scientists at Imperial College London warned on Thursday that the UK government’s current three-tier approach to the plague was not working. They found that the number of positive cases in the UK doubled every 9 days and warned that stricter measures were needed to slow the spread of the disease.
Based on their analysis of 85,971 random swab samples, the Royal University team estimates about 96,000 people are currently infected in the UK each day – about 5 times more than the official daily number of cases. at this time.
Professor Paul Elliott, research director, said: “We are seeing an increase in infection rates nationwide, which we know will lead to more hospitalizations and deaths,” said Professor. Professor Paul Elliott, research director, said in a press release. “Now more than ever, we all have to work together to limit the spread of the virus and avoid the future flood of health care,” he added.
The British government is so far against a new national embargo. Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, UK Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said locking the country door is not “inevitable”, adding that the government favors “action in places with a high concentration of viruses. and avoid some of the actions you see happening in continental Europe. “
There are several reasons why these measures fail to prevent new major outbreaks, Rudan said. He told CNN in an email: “The virus has a complex motivator for transmission. As for the new coronavirus, it has been shown that it largely depends on human behavior and movement”. “However, it’s very likely that it can also be affected by factors that we don’t fully understand and don’t easily control.”
That is why, Rudan said, measures that may have worked well to control outbreaks at one point might require an intensification at another to prevent an exponential outbreak.
New measures are being introduced in many European countries despite an increasing number of anti-lockout protests across the continent. Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Great Britain have all seen protests – some violence – in recent weeks.
That is what Merkel stressed after she announced new German containment measures. “Lies and misinformation, intrigue and hatred are not only damaging to democratic debate, but also in the fight against viruses,” she said.