LONDON – Britain has reintroduced new restrictions on coronavirus in parts of northern England amid spikes in cases that also occur across Europe and Asia, dispelling fears of a second wave.
“I am worried about the second wave. I think you can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe, “said Health Minister Matt Hancock, according to British news channel Sky News, which, like NBC News, is owned by Comcast Corp.
The UK reported 846 new positive cases on Thursday – the largest number of daily infections since June 28.
More than 4 million people in Greater Manchester, the largest urban area in the north of England and other parts of the region, have again found themselves under severe blockade measures. They were ordered not to mix with other household members, although they could still go to the pub and work.
“The problem with this virus is that it thrives in social contact that makes life worth living,” Hancock said. “I fully understand the human impact on this, but unfortunately, that’s how the virus is transmitted.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that plans to restore high-risk public spaces – such as casinos, theaters and sports grounds – on August 1 would be postponed to at least August 15.
“I said our plan to rebuild society and the economy is conditional,” Johnson told a news conference. “When those numbers grow up, our estimate is that we now need to press that broken pedal … in order for the virus to be controlled.”
The need to wear face cover in stores will also spread to other public places, such as museums and cinemas, he said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded 17.3 million. More than 673,000 people died.
In other parts of Europe, Germany reported 902 new cases on Thursday – an increase in the institution of Robert Koch, which tracks the country’s data, is called “relatively”. Another 870 cases were reported on Friday.
At least one of the outbreaks in the country has been linked to agricultural workers in the Bavarian district of Dingolfing-Landau, forcing one company to quarantine its employees, the institute said.
Meanwhile, Germany has also joined Britain in applying stricter travel rules to people coming from parts of Spain.
West Britain’s demand to quarantine travelers from Spain for 14 days was announced last weekend after immediate exposure after the country reported a series of outbreaks that caused chaos for Brits on holiday.
On Thursday, the Spanish Ministry of Health announced the biggest daily jump in new cases, as the closure ended with more than 1,000 new infections for the second day in a row.
NBC News estimates that the United States has confirmed approximately 58,000 confirmed cases in 24 hours over 24 hours, compared to NBC News.
Outbreaks of coronavirus have also been reported across Asia.
In Japan, the capital of Tokyo on Friday, 463 new cases were registered, up to 367 new cases recorded the previous day.
The city government is now asking restaurants and bars to reduce their opening hours until August, trying to limit distribution. A system of stickers has also been introduced to illuminate restaurants and shops that are safe for visitors.
“Our lives have changed. Our way of life has also changed. That’s why we need to change our behavior,” said Tokyo Governor Yuriy Koike.
Koike warned that if the situation worsens, it could cause a regional state of emergency, although it will not be as restrictive as previous measures taken to continue the economy.
Vietnam’s health ministry said it had the highest daily increase since the cases first surfaced in January, when 45 new infections were confirmed on Friday. This threatens the country’s impressive results in terms of virus content.
No deaths from coronavirus have been reported in Vietnam, and the country recorded 100 days without local transmission before the virus re-spread this week.
Hong Kong reported another 3,151 new cases on Friday. This follows the warning of the head Kerry Lam earlier this week that the area was on the verge of a significant outbreak.
The area was initially praised for weathering the first two waves of the pandemic. The surge in cases that began earlier this month has created new restrictions, including mandatory masks both indoors and outdoors.
The United States remains the worst-hit country with nearly 4.4 million cases and more than 150,000 deaths, according to the NBC News tracker.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Andy Eckardt, May Nishiyama and Reuters contributed.