The virus, at a ‘turn’ in Europe, strikes at risk groups

MILAN (AP) – Doctors are warning that coronavirus is on a turning point across Europe, including vulnerable people, and governments are trying to impose sanctions without locking up the entire economy.

Reaching newly confirmed case records, the Czech Republic has closed schools and is building a regional hospital, restaurant time in Poland is limited and gyms and schools are closed, and France is planning a curfew in Paris and other major cities at 9 p.m. . In Britain, authorities are closing pubs and bars in the northern part of the country, While limiting socialization in London and other parts of the country.

“This is a serious situation that should not be underestimated. It’s serious at the European level, “said Italian Health Minister Roberto Spirenza on Friday.

Europe is not alone in seeing a resurgence. In the United States, new cases are rising every day in 44 states, and deaths are rising to 30 every day.

“If we don’t get this under control, we run the risk of getting into a difficult situation,” Bertrand Leverat, head of Switzerland’s largest hospital complex, told the Associated Press. “We’re really at a turning point – things can go both ways.”

But while officials are voicing fears over the rising number of cases, they are also wary of imposing a strict nationwide lockdown this spring that will wreak havoc on their economy. Instead, they are seeking more targeted sanctions.

France is deploying an additional 12,000 police to enforce its new curfew; Saturday night will be the first time establishments will be forced to close at 9 p.m. Restaurants, cinemas and theaters are starting to see how to survive forced closures.

Culture Minister Roslyn Bachelot told the Le Parisien newspaper that she was negotiating for the exception of a month-long curfew in the Paris region and eight other metropolitan areas.

A movie theater chain will start at 8 a.m. in anticipation of the evening’s loss. The Paris restaurant for dinner usually opens at 7 or 7:30 pm, so some may close completely as it no longer makes financial sense to be open for short shifts.

RTL said on radio on Friday that the world of French culture is not invincible, it needs help.

Italy is the first country outside Asia to detect local transmission of the virus, health officials said, adding that the resurgence has reached an ‘acute stage’, especially after a period of relative grace following a strict lockdown. Health Minister Spiranza told reporters that any new measures, including a curfew in Italy, “need to be well considered.”

Massimo Galli, director of infectious diseases at Luigi Sasco Hospital in Milan, said the increase in Italy – which is leading to a new daily infection epidemic this week – was not the result of record testing, as policymakers have suggested, but a sign of real return. The risk of becoming seriously ill if infected is highest in the population.

This is a worrying trend as there is a possibility of deployment in hospitals recruited in severe cases, and this is one that is seen in other countries of the continent, as many people see even more numbers than in Italy.

France, Spain and Britain have reported more than 300 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks, compared to Italy’s fast-growing but relatively low 106.

The Czech Republic has infected more than 700 people per 100,000, and the country’s military will begin building a field hospital in Prague’s exhibition center this week – a reminder of the dark days of spring when many countries put temporary facilities to relieve overburdened medical centers. The government is also in talks with neighboring Germany and some other countries to treat the Czechs if the health system cannot handle them.

In Italy, Milan is the center of revival, and that too, seeing stress in its hospitals. It was the first city in the city to start filling the Covid-19 ward of Souko.

“We have a situation we’ve already experienced,” Galley told the Associated Press, referring to the peaks in March and April when Italy recorded a record 69 deaths in a single day. Twice in recent days – 83 deaths were reported in the country on Thursday, but much lower than the previous level.

Already in Milan, Galli said the number of elderly patients or people with other risk factors is on the rise, indicating that the virus spread beyond the end of September, while most cases were mild or asymptomatic that were detected by examination and contact. .

Since then, mixing within families, in companies, and out-of-school students has accelerated the spread to more vulnerable people, he said, reversing pressure on Milan’s hospitals.

“The trend is already there, and it’s clearly scary,” he said, although he noted that not all Italy is experiencing a rebound yet.

But, he said, it could only be a matter of time. Galli said Italy would “follow in the footsteps of its European neighbors” until the transmission chain was blocked in the next two weeks.

Galin fears that new nationwide sanctions in the past two weeks – including a ban on pickup games outside of mandatory masks, pickups among friends and a restaurant closing at midnight – are not enough. He urged that more restrictions be imposed on public transport and leisure activities if officials wanted to avoid another lockdown – which is bad for both the economy and social ills.

While Italy’s Lockdown bought him more time in the spring, Galli said the current resurgence shows “how quickly the risk of wasting the results of a very decisive and very important intervention is high.”


Reported to Charlotte from Paris.


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