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France announces second national lockdown


French President Macron today announced a new nationwide lockdown saying "France could never stand by and watch hundreds of thousands of its citizens die."

The national measure comes into force on Friday morning and is considered "more flexible" than the lockdown first imposed on France in March, with all public services supposed to remain open.

Macron told the country, "I decided it was necessary to insist on a lockdown across the country from Friday."

He continued: “We have already reached 58 percent capacity in IC units. Life-saving operations have been delayed in numerous places. By mid-November, 9,000 patients will be in the intensive care unit – that is our maximum capacity in France. & # 39;

The new measures – which Macron called "heartbreaking" – mean people will have to stay in their homes except to buy essential goods, seek medical attention, or take advantage of their hourly daily training distribution.

People are still allowed to go to work if their employer considers it impossible to do work from home and – aside from the previous lockdown in March – most schools will remain open, Macron said in his address.

The national measure will come into force on Friday from midnight and is considered to be "more flexible" than the lockdown first imposed on France in March

French lockdown restrictions are due to take effect Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.

French lockdown restrictions due to come into effect Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.

Bars and restaurants will close from Friday, creating further economic chaos in a country where such businesses have already been badly hit by Covid-19.

The new measures reflect the eight-week lockdown France imposed in the spring when hospital stays and deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic peaked.

But unlike the previous lockdown, most schools are supposed to stay because their closure was "too harmful". He has also urged citizens to order meals in restaurants to keep the economy going.

France reported 523 new deaths from coronavirus and on Tuesday 33,417 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily death toll since April, when the virus was most severe. Doctors have warned that intensive care units could be overwhelmed.

Macron continued, & # 39; We are currently overwhelmed by the pace at which this virus is spreading as winter approaches and outside temperatures drop. We know this second wave will be even harder and more deadly. & # 39;

“After talking to scientists, representatives of the economy, we have to go into a lock again from Friday, which will inhibit the spread of the virus.

Regarding the last strict lockdown earlier in the year – one enforced by the police who were able to impose fines and even jail terms if necessary – Mr Macron said, “Like the spring, you can leave home to go to work to go to a doctor's appointment to help a loved one with your shopping or to get a breath of fresh air near your home. It is therefore the return of the documents.

"Bars and restaurants will be closed," said Macron, adding, "Every two weeks we will take stock of the evolution of the epidemic."

“We will decide on additional measures if necessary and then examine whether we can remove certain restrictions.

"If we are in control of the situation within two weeks, we can reassess things and hope to open some stores, especially at this very important time before the Christmas holidays."

Mr Macron had explained how hospitals were again overwhelmed by patients with Covid-19.

"The virus is circulating at a rate that even the most pessimistic predictions did not expect," Macron said. "Like all of our neighbors, we are inundated with the sudden acceleration of the virus."

"We're all in the same position: overrun by a second wave that we know will be more difficult and deadly than the first."

The lockdown was effective in containing the epidemic, but it spread again after it was relaxed on May 11, and people gathered again in classrooms, universities, bars and restaurants.

Macron told the country why measures like herd immunity or increasing medical capacity would not work adequately: “Herd immunity will mean an additional 400,000 deaths in the short term.

"France could never watch hundreds of thousands of its citizens die, it is of no French value."

He added that efforts had been made to expand the medical workforce with "7,000 nurses and doctors trained to work in the intensive care unit".

Bed capacity in the country's intensive care unit is said to have grown to 5,000 since the pandemic began, with the new goal of doubling bed capacity.

However, Macron said these measures might not be "sufficient," adding that training to become an anesthetist takes ten years and that it is a long-term solution.

According to Reuters data, the death toll in France is the seventh highest in the world at over 35,000.

Customers in a café watch French President Emmanuel Macron's statement on television in Paris on October 28th

Customers in a café watch French President Emmanuel Macron's statement on television in Paris on October 28th

Coroanvirus cases are increasing rapidly in most major European countries, prompting leaders to consider further lockdown measures. There are curfews currently in place in Spain, Italy and the UK, with France and Germany considering shutting down circuit breakers

Earlier this month, Macron announced a nightly curfew in Paris and other major cities, but officials admitted this week that the measure had proven insufficient to lower infection rates, requiring a more drastic response.

Macron said he would "take full responsibility for the reactions this (the lockdown) will provoke," and perhaps prevent the violent lockdown protests by Italy and Spain from following in France.

While France's 9 p.m. curfew against many of the largest cities including Paris, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse and Lyon has kept lockdown protests at bay, other European cities have seen protesters turn violent.

In Italy, violence was reported in at least two major cities in the north, Milan and Turin, as large crowds protested against freedom restrictions imposed to combat a second surge in coronavirus cases.

Macron is giving his television address to a bar in Paris tonight as he announces a new lockdown due to go into effect on Friday

Macron is giving his television address to a bar in Paris tonight as he announces a new lockdown due to go into effect on Friday

A man in a mask walks on the street in the center of Lyon, central France today

A man in a mask walks on the street in the center of Lyon, central France today

Witnesses said a number of luxury stores, including a Gucci store, were raided in central Turin when after dark many teenagers took to the streets, set off huge fireworks and lit colored torches.

Right-wing protesters clashed with police in Rome as they took to the streets to protest coronavirus restrictions.

Macron urged citizens "to do it for us and our loved ones" (Lockdown), stating that "nothing is more important than human life".

Macron also told citizens that the virus had "mutated" to affect more of the younger population: "85 percent of all victims are over 70 years old, but 35 percent of people in intensive care units are under 70 years old, so affected it all ages. "

He also highlighted the medical workers who are exhausted but continue to work to name "medical worker protection" as the third target for the lockdown.

Germany is announcing a new four-week "Lockdown Lite" which will close all bars and restaurants but keep schools and shops open as Spain and Italy face further protests against the closure

  • Angela Merkel announced a four-week lockdown during which all bars and restaurants will be closed from Monday
  • However, shops and schools will remain open while businesses can continue to offer take-away services
  • Emmanuel Macron should also announce stricter measures for France on Wednesday evening
  • Markets in Europe and the US rebounded on the news, and the FTSE 100 hit its lowest level since April
  • Meanwhile, Italy and Spain were again protested against the lockdown at the recently introduced curfews

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline and Gerard Couzens in Spain for MailOnline

Angela Merkel plunged Germany back into "Lockdown Lite" and closed all bars and restaurants across the country from Monday.

The move will also result in theaters, cinemas and leisure facilities being closed for the whole of November. In contrast to the first closure, however, schools and shops can remain open. Take-away services are also allowed.

Merkel, who announced the move on Wednesday evening after negotiating it with the regional governors, said it was necessary "to act and avoid an acute national health emergency now".

President Emmanuel Macron was due to announce stricter restrictions in France on Wednesday evening and completely lock down the nation again for the whole of November – although schools remain open.

European markets rebounded on the news, and the DAX fell nearly 4.5 percent. The British FTSE 100, French CAC 40 and Italian FTSE MIB also fell sharply on Wednesday.

Protesters also took to the streets of Berlin to demand that the government do more to support them, while anti-lockdown activists took to the streets of Spain and Italy overnight, sparking clashes with police.

The demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin on Wednesday to demand more support for the government, even when Angela Merkel plunged the whole country into a "Lockdown Lite" again.

The demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin on Wednesday to demand more support for the government, even when Angela Merkel plunged the whole country into a "Lockdown Lite" again.

Members of Berlin's entertainment industry are protesting government shutdowns and calling for more support while unable to work because of the virus

Members of Berlin's entertainment industry are protesting government shutdowns and calling for more support while unable to work because of the virus

A coffin is driven past the Reichstag building as entertainment workers demand more support for the "dying" industry

A coffin is driven past the Reichstag building as entertainment workers demand more support for the "dying" industry

Angela Merkel announced that all bars, restaurants and other leisure facilities must close on Monday and remain closed until November, with schools and shops allowed to remain open

Angela Merkel announced that all bars, restaurants and other leisure facilities must close on Monday and remain closed until November, with schools and shops allowed to remain open

Merkel said the closure was necessary to avoid an acute national health emergency after the country reported around 15,000 new cases in a single day (file picture, a deserted street in Bavaria).

Merkel said the closure was necessary to avoid an acute national health emergency after the country reported around 15,000 new cases in a single day (file picture, a deserted street in Bavaria).

Chairs and tables are in front of a restaurant in Frankfurt that has been under curfew for a fortnight but now has to be closed for the whole of November

Chairs and tables are in front of a restaurant in Frankfurt that has been under curfew for a fortnight, but now has to be closed for the whole of November

In Spain and Italy, deaths have risen in recent weeks, despite being lower than the first wave – unlike in the Czech Republic and other Eastern European countries, where deaths have risen to record levels

Germany cases

Germany is dying

Angela Merkel is also discussing a new lockdown with the regional leaders today to prevent a sharp increase in cases (left) and with increasing deaths (right).

British FTSE 100

French CAC 40

Reports of new lockdowns resulted in a sharp opening in European markets on Wednesday, with the British FTSE 100 (left) and the French CAC 40 each declining around 3 percent

German DAX

Italian FTSE MIB

The German DAX index (left) and the Italian FTSE-MIB (right) both fell by around 3 percent compared to the previous day at the Open

While the markets initially recovered some of the loss, they went even lower in the afternoon than at the beginning of the day. Wall Street also opened roughly 2 percent, with NASDAQ, S&P 500 and Dow Jones all falling.

In Germany, Merkel added that contrary to the initial lockdown, shops and schools will remain open while restaurants can offer take-away.

But she also appealed to people not to take unnecessary trips, saying that hotels would not be able to accommodate people on tourist trips.

The decision came hours after the German epidemic control agency announced that 14,964 new confirmed cases were registered nationwide last day, bringing the total national number of pandemics to 449,275.

Germany, home to 83 million people, has another 27 deaths from viruses, bringing the death toll to 10,098, the Robert Koch Institute said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, health experts in Spain have warned that another full lockdown could be in sight if the intensive care units fill – eight of them are at risk of "collapse".

According to La Vanguardia, the hospitals in Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid, Castile and León, Navarra, Rioja and Ceuta are around 40 percent full.

With cases still increasing in these regions, experts estimate that all beds could be full within the next 20 days.

In Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa, the situation is dire – two thirds of the beds are currently occupied.

This prompted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to demand the imposition of a new state of emergency on Monday to create the framework in which he can announce local or even national lockdowns at short notice.

A wave of anti-lockdown protests has gripped Europe as governments impose tougher lockdowns to contain the coronavirus resurgence

People gather during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 28, 2020 against the regional government's closure of bars, restaurants and clubs

People gather during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 28, 2020 against the regional government's closure of bars, restaurants and clubs

Protesters are seen during a demonstration in Barcelona, ​​Spain on October 28th against the closure of bars, restaurants and clubs by the regional government

Protesters are seen during a demonstration in Barcelona, ​​Spain on October 28th against the closure of bars, restaurants and clubs by the regional government

According to La Vanguardia, the hospitals in Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid, Castile and León, Navarra, Rioja and Ceuta are around 40 percent full. Pictured: Barcelona)

According to La Vanguardia, the hospitals in Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid, Castile and León, Navarra, Rioja and Ceuta are around 40 percent full. Pictured: Barcelona)

Protesters clashed with police overnight on the fifth night of the riot in Italy over new coronavirus curfews on the streets of Rome

Protesters clashed with police overnight on the fifth night of the riot in Italy over new coronavirus curfews on the streets of Rome

Italy imposed a curfew in Rome to slow the spread of the coronavirus and feared stricter measures could follow

Italy imposed a curfew in Rome to slow the spread of the coronavirus and feared stricter measures could follow

Protesters in Rome took over Piazza del Popolo on Tuesday evening until they were dissolved by police officers in protective uniforms

Protesters in Rome took over Piazza del Popolo on Tuesday evening until they were dissolved by police officers in protective uniforms

After similar demonstrations in Milan and Naples earlier this week, police moved in on Tuesday evening to evacuate protesters from the streets of Rome

After similar demonstrations in Milan and Naples earlier this week, police moved in on Tuesday evening to evacuate protesters from the streets of Rome

Protests in Seville

Protests in Seville

The protesters burned trash cans overnight and set off fireworks in the Spanish city of Seville to protest the coronavirus curfew

A man watches fireworks go off in Seville to protest new coronavirus curfews

A man watches fireworks go off in Seville to protest new coronavirus curfews

Spain cases

Spain deaths

Spain has also announced new curfews and raised the prospect of another nationwide lockdown after cases skyrocketed (left) and deaths continued to creep up (right).

Italy cases

Italy deaths

Italy announced this week coronavirus curfews in major cities like Rome, Naples and Milan after coronavirus cases spiked and deaths began to rise too

He also announced nightly curfews to bring cases under control.

Tomás Cobo, vice president of the Collegiate Medical Organization, told El Pais that the complete shutdown "is the only action that has scientific evidence".

Protests in Spain continued until Wednesday when taxi drivers gathered in Barcelona angry over lockdowns causing a drop in demand.

Similar demonstrations took place in Italy after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced overnight curfews in Rome, Naples and Milan to avoid a second full lockdown.

Macron was due to speak to the nation in a televised address on Wednesday evening, fearing another full lockdown.

Two industry sources who were briefed on the restrictions said the rules would be almost identical to the initial lockdown, with non-essential stores having to be closed and people being told to stay inside.

However, under the second lockdown, schools could stay open and people could go to work if their work couldn't be done remotely.

New measures could take effect from midnight on Thursday and last four weeks.

Meanwhile, Angela Merkel met with regional leaders in Germany on Wednesday with plans for another full lockdown on the table.

It is believed that she could announce further restrictions, due to begin on November 4th, closing bars and restaurants and banning public gatherings.

In contrast to the first closure, the schools would remain open.

In Belgium, which has the highest number of cases per capita in the world, the number of hospital admissions for coronavirus was almost the same as in the first wave in spring, the Institute for Public Health showed.

The government will meet again on Friday and Prime Minister Alexander de Croo could announce tougher measures.

Doctors at a hospital in Belgium are so overwhelmed that some employees who are themselves infected with Covid continue to treat patients.

Almost every major European country has reported a record of coronavirus cases in one day, either in the last 24 hours or within the last seven days.

Italy posted a record 22,000 cases and Germany a record 15,000 on Tuesday.

Spain and Russia reported record highs earlier this week, while France and the UK hit new highs the week before.

A restaurant owner in Rome leaves a skeleton sitting in front of his house to protest that the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic is "killing" industry

A restaurant owner in Rome leaves a skeleton sitting in front of his house to protest that the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic is "killing" industry

Top chefs and restaurant owners from Venice, Italy, gather around empty place settings in Campo Santo Stefano after the government announced new curfews on the hospitality industry

Top chefs and restaurant owners from Venice, Italy, gather around empty place settings in Campo Santo Stefano after the government announced new curfews on the hospitality industry

A man wears a protective face mask as taxi drivers in Barcelona protest falling demand due to coronavirus lockdowns

A man wears a protective face mask as taxi drivers in Barcelona protest falling demand due to coronavirus lockdowns

Even lock-free Sweden, whose approach to avoiding a severe economic downturn had been praised, reported a record 5,000 cases on Tuesday.

While increased testing means the total number of second waves is not comparable to the first, the rate at which cases – along with hospital admissions – are increasing is causing panic among European leaders.

A dozen restaurant owners protested outside Milan City Hall on Tuesday, while the same number of stadium concession booth holders waved banners at Lombardy's regional headquarters.

"Nobody thought of us," said Giacomo Errico, Lombardy President of FIVA Commercio, which represents 6,000 concession stand holders in the northern region, out of 40,000 across the country who have been unemployed since February.

Such peaceful protests were held up and down the Italian peninsula, while more violent protests broke out at night, increasingly culminating in vandalism, looting and clashes with police.

Italian terrorism and organized crime prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho said Tuesday subversives had infiltrated peaceful protests in the country. He said they included advocates of the extreme right and anarchists of the extreme left.

Investigators have also investigated evidence that organized crime groups provoked violence during a peaceful protest in the Naples area.

France has warned of possible new lockdowns, including extending existing curfews, holding residents on weekends or all week, and closing non-essential businesses.

Since curfews were imposed a few weeks ago, the French police have imposed 14,000 fines, the interior minister said on Tuesday.

Doctors see growing pressure on French emergency services and intensive care units, where COVID patients now occupy more than half of the beds.

In Spain, the Canary Islands wanted to pass a law allowing visitors to the popular archipelago off northwest Africa with evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

Russia, which has the fourth highest number in the world with 1.5 million confirmed cases, is resisting a second lockdown.

With more than 15,000 cases per day, the health department ordered all Russians to wear masks in crowded public spaces, including public transport, and in enclosed spaces such as taxis and elevators.

Merchants, restaurateurs and workers organize a mock funeral for their industry, which they believe is being killed by downtime

Merchants, restaurateurs and workers organize a mock funeral for their industry, which they believe is killed by downtime

Entrepreneurs organized a staged funeral to protest the ban imposed by the Italian government in Como

Entrepreneurs organized a staged funeral to protest the ban imposed by the Italian government in Como

The Czech government has tightened its rules further, imposing a nationwide curfew between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., which began on Wednesday.

In the past, freedom of movement was restricted, shops, schools and restaurants closed, face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, and sports competitions were banned, but the number of infections has continued to rise.

Several demonstrations against the virus restrictions were planned for Wednesday in the Prague capital.

Even Sweden, which has avoided national lockdowns and has generally imposed far lighter measures than other European countries, is now urging people to avoid shopping malls and stores and to stay away from public transport.

The World Health Organization announced that more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases were reported last week – the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase.

For the second week in a row, the European region has the largest proportion of new cases with more than 1.3 million cases or around 46% of the global total.

The United States Health Department said deaths were also increasing in Europe, with an increase of about 35 percent since the previous week.

Overall, Europe has recorded more than 250,000 virus-related deaths, according to a record by Johns Hopkins University. The WHO found that hospital admissions and intensive care unit occupancy have increased in 21 European countries due to Covid.

As European Union countries weigh up tougher restrictions on coronavirus, senior EU officials on Wednesday called on the bloc's 27 states to put in place common rules to test the disease and track its spread to prevent further damage to their economies.

European Council President Charles Michel, who will chair an extraordinary summit of EU leaders on the pandemic on Thursday evening, also urged them to prepare for logistical challenges that could plague vaccine adoption.

& # 39; We're in a storm. We're all sitting in the same boat. And in this storm we have to keep cool heads, ”Michel told French radio RTL.

Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels that Europe is currently facing two enemies. We are dealing with the coronavirus; the virus itself and also corona fatigue. That said, people are getting sick of the preventive measures. & # 39;

Michel also urged heads of state and government to prepare to prioritize vaccination.

"Based on the information we have, there could be three or four vaccine candidates available by the end of this year or early next year," Michel said.

Von der Leyen said the commission would extend its VAT exemption for vaccine and test kit purchases for another six months.

"I think this year's Christmas will be a different Christmas," added von der Leyen.

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