Countries across Europe are reporting record-high new Covid-19 infections, as hospital admissions and special care cases are soaring. Meanwhile, new locking restrictions are in place in some regions of the continent this week. Here̵7;s all you need to know:
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday that Greece will begin a three-week national shutdown after it witnessed nearly 10,000 new cases of coronavirus infection in just five days. He said the exponential increase in coronavirus cases and an increase in the number of hospitalizations and patients in ICUs made this drastic measure necessary.
The new UK shutdown began at midnight, with the country struggling to curb the spread of coronavirus. Across the UK, health authorities have recorded more than 1.1 million coronavirus infections and 47,000 virus-related deaths to date, according to an inventory by Johns Hopkins University. It has the fifth highest death toll in the world.
Poland on Thursday set another daily record for coronavirus infection, with 27,143 new infections in a day and 367 deaths. The total number of infections in Poland has risen to 466,679, with the current death toll of 6,842. On Saturday, Poland will implement further restrictions on schools and businesses to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Germany reported 19,990 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the country’s disease control and prevention agency said Thursday – the highest number in a day since the pandemic began. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of related deaths also increased by 118. Germany partially shut down on Monday with entertainment venues, bars, cafes and restaurants closed, in addition to carry-on and delivery services.
In neighboring Czech Republic, the Ministry of Health reported 15,729 new cases of coronavirus infection on Wednesday – the highest increase in a day in the country since the pandemic began. Health authorities also reported an additional 220 deaths related to the virus.
As of Wednesday, 4,080 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care units in France, according to data from health officials. The last time this number of patients was present at ICU was at the end of April.
Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that France had seen a “significant escalation” of new coronavirus infections. “France is the country with the third highest number of new cases globally, with more than 275,000 reported last week (4,200 cases per million population): a 27% increase from last week,” WHO said on Thursday. Three.
Russia first reported more than 19,000 coronavirus infections on Wednesday – a new record of daily increases – according to the latest data from the country’s coronavirus response center. Russia has recorded a total of 1,693,454 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, with at least 29,217 deaths officially reported by the authorities.