Millions of Europeans faced severe new coronavirus restrictions as governments stepped up efforts to slow the rise in infections, as the World Health Organization reported a worrying 44% increase in European cases over the course of a week.
From Saturday evening, Paris and several other French cities go under a night curfew that will last at least a month. England is banning mixed family gatherings in the capital and other areas, and the more populous Italys region is restricting bars and suspending sporting events.
The need for action in France was underlined as the country reported another record for new cases, with more than 32,000 registered in 24 hours.
Global cases of the disease, which has killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide, have been rising beyond first levels in the first wave earlier this year, when many countries used national blockades to take control of crisis.
Like the death toll, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on society and the economy worldwide.
United States, which has suffered the worst tax with more than 218,000 casualties, on Friday revealed a record deficit of $ 3.1 tn in fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
He also announced that the number of cases there had exceeded 8 million, while daily global infections also set a new record.
In an effort to stem the alarming rise in infections and in the hope of returning to full blockades, many governments have tightened measures to control the spread of the pandemic even if some dissidents are fighting back in the courts.
About 20 million people in the Paris region and eight other French cities were facing a curfew from 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning as cases escalated into what has once again become one of Europe’s hotspots.
Many restaurant owners are unhappy with the blow their businesses will receive.
The closure at 9pm will have no effect (on the epidemic), said Gerard, manager of a restaurant in Toulouse. They are not attacking him in the right way.
Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe, with over 43,000 deaths from almost 700,000 cases.
But as the government there increased restrictions, banning indoor meetings between members of various families in London and several other English cities, there was growing criticism from some neighborhoods.
Under the new measures, about 28 million people, half of the population of Englands are now subject to severe social constraints.
Some officials in north-west England have opposed placing their cities at the highest level of a new three-tier alarm system.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has acknowledged that local restraint policies cannot be painless.
But the hope is that these measures will be enough to overcome another complete stalemate.
Northern Ireland meanwhile closed pubs and restaurants on friday for a month and extended the school holidays.
GermanyChancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to stay home whenever possible as 7,830 cases emerged within 24 hours.
What will define our winter and Christmas will be decided in the coming weeks, she said in her weekly podcast address.
But on Friday, a court in Berlin overturned an order for restaurants and bars to close early, the latest legal hurdle to efforts by German local and regional governments to limit coronavirus transmission.
in Italy, the affluent northern region of Lombardy, hit hardest by the first wave of the virus in February, has ordered all bars closed at midnight.
Slovakia announced on Saturday that it would test all over 10 for the virus as infections grew there.
The test will be free, Prime Minister Igor Matoviche told reporters in the country of 5.4 million people, without specifying whether it will be mandatory or voluntary.
Poland, Czech Republic and Belgium have notified all daily log loads.
In the Czech Republic, the government has asked the military to set up a 500-bed field hospital outside Prague.
Belgium will impose its curfew, from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday, and will also close cafes and restaurants for four weeks.
And Poland has closed schools and colleges in major cities while restaurants will have to close by 9pm.
In other developments:
Austria, Slovenia and Hungary all have reported an increase in cases in Slovenia, the mandatory wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces came into force on Saturday.
The death toll in Iran has exceeded the 30,000 mark, the health ministry announced on Saturday.
Israeli is preparing to ease some blocking restrictions from Sunday in the first phase of escalating measures imposed last month.
Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents within the kingdom to pray in one of Islam’s holiest religious sites, the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, for the first time in seven months, state television reported early Sunday.
New Zeland, who twice eliminated the virus, reported his first local case in 22 days.
French collectivity i Wallis and Futuna in the South Pacific recorded its first case for the entire pandemic.
Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents within the kingdom to pray in one of the holiest religious sites in Islam, the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, for the first time in seven months.
Me Agence France-Presse