MILAN (AP) – Doctors warn that Europe is at a turning point, when the coronavirus is growing again across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments are trying to impose restrictions without closing the goals of the economy.
With recently confirmed record-breaking cases, the Czech Republic has closed schools and built a field hospital, Poland has limited restaurant hours and closed gyms and schools, and France is planning a 21:00 curfew in Paris and other major cities. In Britain, authorities are closing pubs and bars in areas in the northwhile restricting communication in London and other parts of the country.
“This is a serious situation that should not be underestimated. This is serious at the European level, “Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday.
Europe is not alone in witnessing a recovery. In the United States, the number of new cases per day is growing in 44 states, and the number of deaths per day increases after 30.
“If we don̵7;t deal with this, we risk getting into a situation that is harder to control,” said Bertrand Levrat, head of Switzerland’s largest hospital complex, the Associated Press. “We’re really groundbreaking – everything can go both ways.”
But while officials are sounding the alarm over new cases, they are also wary of tougher nationwide blockades that have devastated their economy this spring. Instead, they try to apply more targeted restrictions.
France deploys 12,000 additional police officers to impose a new curfew; On Saturday evening, establishments will be forced to close at 21:00. Restaurants, cinemas and theaters are trying to figure out how to survive the forced early closure.
Culture Minister Roselyn Bachelo told Le Parisien that she was negotiating exceptions to the one-month curfew throughout the Paris region and eight other cities.
One network of cinemas will open at 8 am in the hope of compensating for the evening losses. Since Parisian restaurants usually open for dinner at 7 or 19:30, some may close altogether, as it no longer makes financial sense to stay open for such a short shift.
“The French world of culture is not invincible, it needs help,” said author and director Joan Sfar, who is releasing a new film, on RTL radio on Friday.
Italy, the first country outside Asia to detect local transmission of the virus, banned sports and public gatherings after health officials said the recovery had reached an “acute phase” after a period of relative sophistication following its particularly severe blockade.
Health Minister Speranza told reporters that any new measures in Italy, including curfew, should be “well thought out.” But the governor of Campania, which was largely spared in the spring but is witnessing an overgrowth of infections, called for swift action, saying the area around Naples was the most densely populated in the country and therefore particularly vulnerable.
“Half the measures are worthless,” Vincenzo de Luca said in a Facebook video. He has already announced the closure of schools for the rest of the month, despite the wishes of Rome and the protests of parents.
Milan Luigi Sacco, director of infectious diseases at Milan Hospital, said that the surge in Italy, which reached a minimum of a pandemic of new daily infections this week, was not the result of testing records, as politicians suggest, but a sign of a real return among the population most at risk. when infected.
This is a worrying trend, as the influx of serious cases could threaten wetland hospitals, and this can be seen in other countries on the continent, as many see even higher numbers than Italy.
France, Spain and the United Kingdom have recorded more than 300 infections per 100,000 population in the last two weeks, compared to Italy’s acceleration but relatively low.
The Czech Republic has reported more than 700 infections per 100,000, and military countries will begin building a field hospital at Prague’s exhibition center this weekend, a reminder of the dark spring days when many countries set up makeshift facilities to ease pressure on overworked health workers. centers. The government is also negotiating with neighboring Germany and some other countries to treat Czechs abroad if the health care system is unable to deal with them.
In Italy, Milan is the epicenter of the revival, and there are also busy hospitals. COVID-19 Sacco’s ward was the first in the city to start replenishment.
“We have a situation that reminds a person very much of what we have already experienced,” Galli told The Associated Press, referring to the peak in March and April, when Italy reached a record 969 deaths in one day. On Thursday, 83 deaths were recorded in the country – twice in the previous days, but much earlier.
Already in Milan, Galli said that the number of elderly patients or patients with other risk factors is growing, indicating that the virus went beyond its initial expansion in late September, when most cases were mild or asymptomatic, detected by screening and contact tracking.
Since then, mixing between families, companies and students outside of school has helped spread to more vulnerable people, he said, renewing pressure at Milan Hospital.
“There is already a trend, and it is frankly alarming,” he said, although he noted that not all of Italy is experiencing a surge.
But this, he said, can only be a matter of time. Galli said Italy would “follow in the footsteps” of its European neighbors if the transmission chain is not blocked within the next two weeks.
Galli fears that new nationwide restrictions imposed in the past two weeks, including mandatory outdoor masks, a ban on sports games with friends and the closure of restaurants at midnight, are not enough. He called for more restrictions on public transport and entertainment if the authorities want to avoid another blockade – bad for both the economy and the social structure.
Although Italy’s castle gave it more time in the spring, Galli said the current resurgence shows “how quickly there is a risk of losing the results of even a very decisive and very important intervention.”
Charlton reported from Paris.
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