The third wave of coronavirus is strongly shaking the European continent—the WHO has warned about the need not to relax restrictions. Countries like France, Germany, or Italy have imposed new severe measures.
The third wave of coronavirus is shaking the old continent. Therefore, from some countries, such as France, Germany, or Italy, which have seen how the cases of coronavirus have multiplied in recent days, concern has grown to the point of taking new restrictions.
The World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 infections are growing in Europe for the third consecutive week. It warns against a hasty lifting of restrictions in countries where the epidemiological situation has improved since only a part small of the population has been vaccinated.
Last week, the European sector recorded over 1.2 million new cases.
The number of deaths has already exceeded 900,000, which means that 20,000 people die every week from the continent's coronavirus.
The situation is most serious in Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Baltic countries, which had successfully contained the first wave and whose incidence of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is now among the highest in the world.
France confines a third of its population.
Faced with the disturbing" rise of the coronavirus in France, forced by the British strain, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has declared light control of one month in the 16 most-affected sections, including the capital, which is home to 23 million French, a third of its population.
The Executive has recognized the several affected states, where it closes a perimeter: these are the Hauts de France region, the Paris region, the Maritime Alps, in the north, in the northwest, the Eure, Seine-Maritime, and on the Mediterranean coast.
Convinced that the virus is less contagious in open spaces, the Executive is betting this weekend to allow in those departments the exits of citizens to parks and open areas. Within a radius of 10 km, efforts are made to minimize the possible meeting of closed Spaces.
To promote outdoor exits, which the Executive considers essential to maintain the population's psychological balance, the prime minister announced that the start of the curfew would be delayed throughout the country for one hour, until 7:00 p.m.
France, which has closed bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, and theaters, museums, and cinemas, since the end of last October, extends the measure in those 16 departments to all non-essential shops. In total, 110,000 establishments will be locked to affected regions. However, with the news that bookstores and record stores may remain open.
High school students will also be cut in half. However, schools will continue to function normally, said Castex, who avoided uttering the word "confinement" as much as possible.
Half of Italy is confined until April 6
The third wave's whiplash has also been noted in Italy, which on March 15 decided to confine about 40 million Italians on April 6. The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, signed the decree with urgent measures to face the spread of COVID-19. The Italian Government also approved of Mario Draghi.
Thus, the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto (north), Marche (center), Campania, Apulia, and Molise and Lazio, with the capital in Rome; and the autonomous province of Trento will be in the so-called "red zone," confinement that closes all non-essential businesses and will allow leaving home only for health, work or emergency reasons, or to play sports if it is in the vicinity. Also, from April 3 to 5, the three most important Holy Weekdays, everyone will be confined.
Germany applies tough restrictions.
Germany also applies tough measures given the seriousness of the data. However, on March 8, it decided to relax some of its restrictions on non-essential services, which confirmed its reopening, while in areas where the contagion rate is between 50 and 100 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days have also resumed the activity of some businesses.
However, there are other strict measures: all the hotels are closed, except for taking away food. Movie theaters, personal care services, and all non-essential businesses in areas above 100 AI cases also remain closed. Along with that, they maintain other common measures in the rest of European countries, such as the mandatory use of a mask or the minimum safety distance. Even so, also from March 8, visits in private homes from one person to another are allowed at most.
This has also been the case in other countries such as France or the Czech Republic, where there has been a high infection increase. In the first case, the harshness of its measures is maintained, with a curfew at 6:00 p.m., with the hotel industry closed and non-essential shops open with limitations. In the second, they experienced one of their worst situations in the entire pandemic at the beginning of March.