Germany It put an entire district on a local shutdown for the first time since it eased its restrictions in early May, after 1,553 employees at the Tönnies meat-processing plant in the western city of Gütersloh tested positive for the virus.
Around 360,000 people in the area will be affected by the new rules for physical distance and the closure of bars, museums and swimming pools. North Rhine-Westphalia state prime minister Armin Laschet said the second shutdown could be relaxed after June 30 “as soon as we have control over infections.”
The Gütersloh outbreak caused Germany’s “R” number to skyrocket to 2.76, but Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute’s disease control agency, said he viewed the increase as an increase rather than a signal. of a second wave of infections.
Overall, the number of new cases remained low, Wieler said, adding that, however, the Germans should “remain vigilant.” The virus is still in our country, and if we give it a chance to spread, it will take it. ”
From France Meanwhile, a long-awaited phone app to track coronavirus cases has turned out to be a failure, with only 68 people reporting to the platform that they had been infected and only 14 alerted that they were at risk due to their contacts with them.
Digital Affairs Minister Cédric O admitted the number of pale downloads compared to Germany, where 10 million people downloaded the app compared to less than 2 million in France, of which 460,000 subsequently uninstalled it.
However, French workers will return to their workplaces next week, and Employment Minister Muriel Pénicaud will announce this week that working from home will no longer be the norm, except for those at particular risk, or living with Someone. at risk.
In Sweden, where the government adopted a light approach to the virus without a strict mandatory blockade, a new survey suggested that public confidence in the authorities’ ability to handle the crisis had declined as the number of victims increased.
The total of 5,122 Covid-19 deaths in Sweden, although it represents a toll per million lower than Spain or Italy, for example, is many times higher than that of its Nordic neighbors, and many countries that are now opening up to tourism have Swedish entry prohibited.
An Ipsos survey published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper showed that in June 45% of respondents had “great confidence” in the authorities’ ability to handle the crisis, compared to 56% in April. The proportion of those who had “little confidence” had increased from 21% to 29%.
“The differences are so great that we can say with certainty that there has been a real change. The vision of the capabilities of the authorities has taken a clear negative turn, “he told the newspaper Nicklas Källebring, an analyst.
The 12.7 million Moscow residents were able to visit restaurants, cafes, libraries, playgrounds and gyms again on Tuesday after the city’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that life in the Russian Capital could largely return to normal, though residents have been urged to continue wearing masks and gloves and observing the rules of physical detachment.
Sobyanin’s critics accused him of rushing to facilitate closure in time for a Red Square military parade on Wednesday and a July 1 referendum that could extend Vladimir Putin’s government until 2036. The Victory Day parade celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany and has grown to outsize proportions in the years since Putin came to power at the beginning of the century.
Elsewhere, the virus continued to spread. Iran It reported 121 new deaths Tuesday, its highest daily number in more than two months, as it struggled to contain the deadliest Covid-19 outbreak in the Middle East, which has seen a total of 9,863 deaths.
Iran has not imposed a mandatory closure, but it closed schools, canceled public events and banned movement among the country’s 31 provinces in March, measures the government has been progressively lifting to reopen its economy affected by the sanctions.