World News – UA – Two of Europe’s most populous countries to be sent to COVID-19 lockdown

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Germany will enter a nationwide lockdown from the start of next week in a bid to curb COVID-19 infections, while France will introduce similar measures next Friday

Anger is mounting in cities across Europe over new restrictions Protesters across Italy clash with police this week as curfews on bars and restaurants go into effect

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the new lockdown measures during a televised speech Wednesday afternoon local time, saying the federal government has reached an agreement with the states to lock down the entire country to from November 2 – for at least two weeks

Shops, schools and kindergartens will remain open, but private meetings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people from two households, and all bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, swimming pools and gymnasiums are to be closed

German citizens will be urged to avoid all non-essential travel and hotels will only be open for essential non-tourism purposes

« Our healthcare system can still meet this challenge today, but at this rate of infection, it will reach the limits of its capacity in a matter of weeks »

Ms Merkel added that health authorities were no longer able to trace the origin of around 75% of infections, making it difficult to say which measures exactly would have the greatest impact

« We have to reduce the contacts somewhere If we wait any longer, we will have to reduce the contacts even more, » she said.

A 10 billion euros ($ 16 64 billion) will pay companies that have to close some of their lost sales during the shutdown

Small businesses, with up to 50 employees, will receive 75% of the previous year’s revenue for the month of November

Germany has been widely praised for keeping infection and death rates below those of many of its neighbors during the first phase of the crisis, but now finds itself in the midst of a second wave

Cases have increased from 14,964 to 464,239 in the past 24 hours, according to the German Infectious Disease Agency, according to the Robert Koch Institute, while deaths have soared by 85 to a total of 10,183

The Chancellor and heads of state will meet again two weeks after the partial lockdown to assess the effectiveness of the measures

The announcement came on the same day that hospitality and entertainment staff took to the streets of the German capital Berlin to voice their opposition to the partial lockdown that is currently in place

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a nationwide lockdown as cases in the country increase

New measures mean people must stay at home except to buy essentials, see a doctor or use their daily allowance of one hour of exercise

People will still be allowed to go to work if their employer finds it impossible for them to do their work from home

During his speech on French television, Mr. Macron said the new wave of cases was worse than expected

« The virus is circulating at a speed that even the most pessimistic forecasts did not anticipate, » he said

« We’re all in the same position – invaded by a second wave which we know will be harder, more deadly than the first »

Protesters clashed with police over tightening restrictions in several European cities, including Berlin, Prague and Rome

Protests erupted across Italy after a national government order went into effect requiring bars, cafes and restaurants to close at 6 p.m. for the next 30 days

A protest in the Sicilian capital, Palermo, by business leaders against the new restrictions turned violent on Wednesday evening after being infiltrated by anarchists

In the north of the city of Turin, demonstrators broke up a peaceful demonstration, smashing shop windows, setting off smoke bombs and throwing bottles at police in a main city square

Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said a number of marginal groups were using the crisis as an excuse for violence

The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, spoke out on Wednesday against a lockdown in the capital of Lombardy, the epicenter of the new resurgence of the virus in Italy

Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the EU, has recognized the increasingly serious consequences of the persistent crisis

“This time we have two enemies,” she says “The coronavirus itself and corona fatigue, meaning growing weariness with regard to precautionary measures,” she said. she declared

In Prague, protesters wearing horror masks marched against viral restrictions on Wednesday as the Czech Republic holds the grim European record of nearly 1,450 cases per 100,000 population in the past fifteen weeks, followed by near by Belgium, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control

The Czech health ministry said the daily increase in new infections in the country hit a record 15,663 people on Tuesday – more than what was reported on Wednesday in Germany, which has eight times the population

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