Madrid locks back down as European leaders sound alarm over Covid-19 surges

People will not be able to leave or enter their area except for work, education or health reasons, gatherings will be limited to six people and stores, bars and restaurants, capacity will have to be reduced by 50% and will have to close by 10pm.

“Madrid is special because the health of Madrid is the health of Spain.” Spanish Health Minister Salvador Ila told a news conference on Wednesday that he had announced the measures, calling the situation “complicated and worrying”.

These restrictions will apply to municipalities with more than 500 cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days, where the number of positive cases exceeds 10% in all diagnostic tests or where Covid-19 patients account for more than 35% of captured ICU beds.

Madrid recorded 1,586 new infections or a 40% national increase on Wednesday. Its regional government opposed the move, arguing that the epidemic was under control.

This huge confinement echoes the strict new measures that are being caught in many countries of the continent like the second wave of Europe.

“We must take the latest creations of Covid-19 in Europe seriously and do as much as we can as part of the community to limit the spread,” Gail Cars, vice chair professor of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, told CNN.

“The virus creates a collective need, which is conducive to a mass response. We knew earlier this year how quickly the virus could get out of control.”

New restrictions in northern England

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday announced a ban on indoor housing in Liverpool and several other cities in the north of England, leading to a sharp rise in cases. The new measures also recommend against non-essential travel, watching amateur sports and caring for home visits except in exceptional circumstances.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that this was a “crucial moment”, adding that if evidence was needed, he would not hesitate to take “more costly” action.

There were 7,108 new cases reported in the UK on Wednesday, followed by a record rise on Tuesday. Hancock warned that the number of R (reproductions) is just above 1, meaning the virus is “spreading”, but he told parliament that “early signs” are having a positive effect on advanced measures.

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An interim report released Thursday by the UK’s largest community, the Covid-19 testing program, estimates that more than 1 in 200 people in England have coronavirus, or 0.55% of the population, compared to 0.13% of active cases in previous trials. The 1960s saw a seven-fold increase, the largest increase in cases, with young people estimated to have coronavirus at 1 in 100 with the highest infection rate.

“While our recent findings show some preliminary evidence that the growth of new cases may be slowing down, indicating efforts to control the infection, the prevalence of infection is the highest we’ve seen to date,” said Director Professor Paul Elliott. React (Real-Time Assessment of Community Transition) program at Imperial College London.

The prevalence in all parts of the country increased, with the North West being the highest at 0.86%, and cases in London increasing fivefold, from 0.10% to 0.49%. Blacks and Asians are twice as likely to be re-infected as whites.

Patrick Vallens, chief scientific adviser, warned on Wednesday that “rapid growth” is taking place in parts of the country, adding: “Things are definitely going in the wrong direction.” “There has been a significant improvement in the number of people entering intensive care,” said Chris Whitty, chief medical officer.

Merkel: ‘We have to be fair’

Coronavirus cases in Germany rose 2,503 to 291,722 on Thursday, the second highest increase since April. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday appealed to citizens to “follow the rules” during the winter. “I’m sure: life we ​​know it will come back to, but now we have to be fair.”

Merkel on Tuesday announced an array of new measures aimed at curbing the latest rise in infections in the country. He said gatherings in public places would be limited to more than 50 people in areas with a large number of cases.

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“We know more difficult times are coming, autumn and winter,” Merkel told a news conference as she explained the sanctions, including a fine of at least 50 euros for supporters at bars and restaurants, which provided officials with false contact data. doing. Tracing.

Merkel also warned that if action is not taken, Germany could see as many as 19,200 new cases every day during the winter months. “This demonstrates the urgency to take action,” Merkel said.

Cases are also on the rise in the Netherlands, where 3,025 infections were reported on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the government was in a U-turn for not wearing masks – they should now be worn in all public indoor areas such as shops, museums and petrol stations. The government had earlier said the mask was not necessary if other measures were followed.

The Dutch government announced on Tuesday that it was taking drastic measures after reports of doubling the daily rate of infections seen during its first wave in the spring. This includes working from home wherever possible, pubs and rest restaurants closing at 10pm, and gatherings limited to four people.

Locals wear masks on the banks of the IJ River in Amsterdam due to the fact that facial ingots have become mandatory in the Netherlands.

And in France, the head of the Paris regional health authority said Wednesday that hospital data did not look positive.

Li Relin Ross told France Inter Radio that 34% of intensive care beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients in the area. He added that the incidence rate is very high for people between 20,000 and 30, with 450 cases per 100,000 people. Russo said the incidence rate for people over 65 is more than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.

With deteriorating numbers the government may decide that Paris, like the foreign divisions of Marseille and Guadeloupe, is classified as an area of ​​”maximum warning”, meaning that bars and rest restaurants will be forced to close rent.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said 20 countries in the EU and the UK saw higher case levels (at least 60 per 60,000) or a steady increase in the notification rate of 14-day Covid-19 cases, citing the situation. “Relevant in many countries.”

CNN’s Vasco Kotovio, Pierre Barin, Frederick Platzen, Sarah Dean and James Frater contributed to the report.