ANSA / Coronavirus: Europe with more cases and more concerns

By Luca Mirone (ANSA) – ROMA, 17 OTT – Minimizing social contacts seems to be the last weapon available in Europe to prevent a return to national restrictions, while the second wave of the pandemic advances with some 140 thousand new infected each day. “Germans, please stay home”, asked in this regard, today, Chancellor Angela Merkel

The data on the pandemic in Europe leave no room for interpretation, since the number of victims is not yet on red alert (except in Great Britain and Spain), but the omnipresence of the coronavirus marks a disconcerting daily progression, more than in the United States, India and Brazil together

Added to which is the growing number of hospitalizations

Germany had three consecutive records, surpassing 7,800 new cases in 24 hours

“Give up unnecessary travel or celebrations, please stay home as long as possible,” was Merkel’s appeal, while the next few weeks will be “decisive” in safeguarding Christmas.

In addition, it emerged in Berlin that the President of the Republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, had quarantined himself after one of his bodyguards, with whom he had been in contact “for several days”, tested positive

Covid-19 has already hit the highest levels of politics, such as the cases of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson or Jair Bolsonaro

The last in order of time were the Foreign Ministers of Belgium and Austria, Sophie Wilmes and Alexander Schallenber Both, for the moment without symptoms, had participated in the Council of the EU last Monday in Luxembourg. As well as the Italian Chancellor, Luigi Di Maio, who periodically undergoes tests

The risk of contagion drastically changed the lifestyle of Europeans

In Great Britain, the country most affected in terms of deaths (150 in the last 24 hours), 28 million people live under very severe restrictions

In England there is the most critical situation: in Lancashire it went to level 3, the maximum alert, until now in force in Liverpool

In Manchester we are going in that direction, while in London we went from level 1 to 2

John Bell, a professor of medicine at Oxford and a government adviser, believes all of this is insufficient. And that’s why he suggested a short but strict national shutdown

As for France, 20 million people experienced the first night of curfew, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (local time), in the Paris region and eight other major cities – that with 12 thousand officers on the streets to verify that it was comply with the rules

In this context, what is wanted is to avoid a new collapse of the economy: this is why governments throughout Europe do not want to return to generalized confinement. And they move step by step, hoping it is enough. (ANSA)

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