A Berlin court suspended an order to close bars and restaurants from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. after it was determined that such a measure could help fight the coronavirus.
In a case submitted by eleven restaurant owners, the administrative court found that new infections in Germany are currently due to private gatherings of family members and friends, in communal facilities, meat processing plants, religious gatherings or in connection with travel.
The court ruled that the closure of food and beverage companies was a "disproportionate interference with the freedom" of the industry.
It comes after Angela Merkel warned Germany of a "disaster" when regional leaders refused to sign their tough new coronavirus measures on the growing cases in Europe.
The German Chancellor lost control of the heads of state during nightly talks on Wednesday and told them: "What we have agreed is not enough to avert a catastrophe."
A Berlin court suspended an order to close bars and restaurants from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. after it was determined that such a measure could help fight the coronavirus. Pictured: bar in Berlin last night
Germany recorded the highest increase in daily cases with 7,334 new infections for the second day in a row on Friday – with 24 new deaths.
There were 33 deaths on Thursday, three times as many as a week ago – although they are still fewer than Europe's neighbors.
Merkel said: “If you ask me what worries me, it is the exponential rate of increase. We have to stop. Otherwise it won't end well. & # 39;
She noted that neighboring European countries would have to take "very drastic measures".
The outspoken Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder also emphasized the importance of taking action now, arguing that "everything that comes later will cost more".
"I will even go so far as to say that Europe's prosperity is at stake," he said.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland had their highest daily case numbers on Thursday.
Because of the increased testing capacity, it is impossible to compare these numbers with those of the first wave in spring, but hospitalizations and deaths are increasing across the continent.
It comes after Angela Merkel (pictured today) warned Germany that Germany was headed for "disaster" as regional leaders refused to sign their tough new coronavirus measures amid growing cases in Europe
Coronavirus cases have increased across Europe and are now above the first wave peak in most countries. The Netherlands and the Czech Republic have emerged as the continent's new sources of infection, with Germany, Italy and barrier-free Sweden doing the best
The death toll from the virus has also increased but is still well below its first wave peak as better tests reveal milder cases and better treatment improves survival rates
Italy recorded a further 83 deaths, an increase of almost double its 43 deaths on Wednesday, but still far fewer than at the height of the pandemic when it hit a daily high of more than 900 deaths.
The number of cases also hit a new record at 8,804, as the South Campania region decided to close schools until the end of October.
Around 1,127 people tested positive on Thursday in Campania, the second most affected region after Lombardy.
France has reported an average of more than 100 deaths per day this week, the UK 110 and Spain 160.
In France, the positivity rate – the percentage of tests that come back positive – is now 12.6 percent, while the number of ICU patients has also increased.
The number of daily hospital stays rose to 1,741, 77 more than the day before.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said France currently has around 5,800 beds in intensive care units.
At the height of the pandemic in early April, there were more than 7,000 coronavirus patients in intensive care. The number fell sharply until the end of July, but has since increased again.
President Emmanuel Macron has locked 18 million residents in nine regions, including Paris, from 9 p.m. on Saturday.
France will deploy 12,000 police officers to enforce the curfew and spend an additional € 1 billion ($ 1.2 billion) to help businesses affected by the new restrictions.
"Our compatriots thought this health crisis was behind us," said Prime Minister Jean Castex. "But we can't live normally again while the virus is here."
Civil defense personnel are preparing beds for the field hospital for possible COVID-19 patients in Turin (Italy) on Thursday
The Czech Republic has the highest infection rates in Europe, with comparable numbers in the hardest hit regions of the UK, France and Spain
This week the Netherlands closed bars and restaurants and the Czech Republic closed schools.
The Czech Ministry of Health confirmed more than 9,500 new virus cases on Wednesday, more than 900 more than the previous record.
The government announced on Thursday that the military would set up a virus hospital at the Prague Exhibition Center.
"We have to build additional capacities as soon as possible," said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. & # 39; We don't have time. The prognosis is not good. & # 39;
The governor of the state of Bavaria said his region had received an application for treatment for Czech COVID-19 patients.
Just as Macron's government battles infection resurgence, French police raided the homes of a former prime minister, current and former health ministers and other senior officials on Thursday to investigate the government's pandemic.
It was triggered by dozens of complaints in the past few months, particularly due to the lack of masks and other devices.
Aurelien Rousseau, director of the Paris region health department, said almost half of the intensive care beds are now occupied by coronavirus patients and other hospital beds are filling quickly too.
"It's kind of a spring flood that affects everyone at the same time," said Rousseau. & # 39; We had a blind spot on our tracking policies. It was privacy, festive events. & # 39;
Poland posted a record of nearly 9,000 new cases on Thursday. Masks have been required outdoors since Saturday and the size of the gatherings has been strictly limited.
Portugal limited itself to limiting social gatherings to a maximum of five people, preparing to make outdoor masks compulsory and fines those who break the rules.
Even Sweden, which has taken a much-discussed approach to keeping large sections of society open, has raised the prospect of tighter restrictions.
"Too many don't stick to the rules," said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. "If there is no correction here, we have to take stronger measures." He didn't elaborate on it.
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