Chancellor Angela Merkel says German officials have agreed to a four-week closure of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other entertainment facilities in an attempt to curb the spike in Corona Virus Infections.
Merkel and the 16 state governors responsible for enforcing and easing the restrictions agreed to the partial shutdown at a videoconference on Wednesday. It is scheduled to go into effect on Monday and run until the end of November.
Merkel said: “We must act, now, to avoid a severe national health emergency.”
Shops and schools will remain open, unlike during Germany’s lockdown The first phase of the pandemic is in March and April. Restaurants will be able to serve fast food.
Merkel pleaded with people not to take unnecessary trips and said hotels would not be able to accommodate people on tourist trips.
The decision came hours after Germany’s disease control agency announced the registration of 14,964 new confirmed cases across the country last day, bringing the national total of the epidemic to 449,275 cases.
The Robert Koch Institute said today, Wednesday, that Germany, with a population of 83 million, has also recorded 27 more virus-related deaths, bringing the total death toll to 10,098.
While it succeeded Better than many European countries During the pandemic, officials there warn that he, too, is losing control of the situation and citing the outbreak of cases in the Czech Republic as the reason for the previous lockdowns.
Merkel said: “We can say that our health system is able to meet the challenge today.” “But if the infection continues like this, we will reach the limits of what the health system can manage within weeks.”
The World Health Organization, Earler, said the European region – which by definition includes Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia – Accounted for nearly half Of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week.
The United Nations’ World Health Organization said that virus-related deaths are also increasing in Europe, where they have increased by about 35 percent since the previous week, and that hospitalizations and intensive care unit occupancy due to Covid-19 are increasing.
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“We are in the depth of the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels. “I think this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”
In France, more than half of the intensive care units are in the country It is already occupied by COVID-19 patients. French military and commercial aircraft are transporting critically ill virus patients to other regions as hospitals are full and French doctors call on the government to impose a new nationwide lockdown.
French President Emmanuel Macron plans to deliver a televised address on Wednesday evening to the nation.
Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and the Czech Republic have also seen a rise in new cases during the past 14 days, while infection rates in Germany were lower, but rising steadily.