Europe imposes new lockdown measures amidst the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic
In the last few weeks, a surge of coronavirus reported cases is overwhelming Europe. Countries are seeking to curb the new wave with familiar methods. National curfews and lockdown measures are being imposed once again across the continent. Critics support that failures in management occurred after the first wave, especially when most of Asia has succeeded in controlling the pandemic. On the other hand, pessimists insist that COVID-19 disease is here to stay for more years to come.
This is the current state of lockdown measures in Europe:
Belgium witnessed a sudden rise in coronavirus reported cases since early October. Whereas in September the pandemic seemed controllable, October started with approximately 1,000 and ended with 20,000 reported cases per day.
From 2 November until December, a lockdown for non-essential business was introduced. At the same time, there are specific curfews for each city that usually begin late at night and end early in the morning.
Belgium has recorded 500,789 cases (29,651 recovered) and 13,055 deaths in total.
A rise in coronavirus reported cases occurred at the same time in the Czech Republic. The country went from 1,840 cases from 4 October to 8,616 on 9 October. The second wave peaked in early November with 15,727 coronavirus reported cases.
Nevertheless, the Czech Republic was the first country to impose a second national lockdown in Europe from 22 October until 4 November. The measures though have been extended for more than two weeks.
Czech Republic has recorded 417,181 cases (244,005 recovered) and 5,028 deaths in total.
In Denmark, augmentation of the infections was reported in late October. But the most disturbing fact is that there are concerns about a coronavirus mutation found in mink that can spread to humans.
With this in mind, the country has enforced local lockdowns in seven North Jutland provinces since 6 November. Sporadic protective measures that were introduced in September are still active in the whole country.
Denmark has recorded 55,892 cases (41,232 recovered) and 747 deaths in total.
Coronavirus reported cases in France have been steadily on the rise since as early as August. The peak of the infections was recorded on 7 November and it was 86,852, while during the first wave reported cases never went past 8,000.
The national lockdown in the country is active since 30 October and will continue until December. In Paris, the government introduced curfews in mid-October, a measure that may continue during the lockdown.
France has recorded 1,787,324 cases (128,614 recovered) and 40,439 deaths in total.
Germany saw a quick increase in coronavirus reported cases during mid-October. Despite the good state of German healthcare, where it assisted neighboring countries in hospitalization, the federal government decided to impose a national lockdown.
As of 3 November, restrictions have been in effect throughout the country, measures that will stay in place until 30 November. Many personal services businesses remain open though and accept a certain amount of customers.
Germany has recorded 683,991 cases (429,600 recovered) and 11,587 deaths in total.
The number of coronavirus reported cases in Greece remained low during the global pandemic. However, this situation did not remain unchanged. As of late October, the country witnessed a considerable rise in infections.
At first, the government imposed curfews, local lockdowns, and closing of non-essential businesses. But a national lockdown was quickly introduced on 7 November until the end of the month.
Greece has recorded 58,187 cases (9,989 recovered) and 825 deaths in total.
Ireland surpassed again the record number of coronavirus reported cases (1,040) during mid-October. Since then, the number of infections seems to be decreasing.
As of 22 October, the country has specific lockdown restrictions that range according to each activity. While non-essential businesses remain closed, some activities in the education sector continue to be open. Measures will remain unchanged until early December.
Ireland has recorded 65,394 cases (23,364 recovered) and 1,947 deaths in total.
Italy was considered to be hit harder than any other European country during the first wave of the pandemic. Late restrictions delayed scaling down, a situation that the country wouldn’t like to experience again.
Despite the targeted containment the government followed, a resurgence of the pandemic is taking place since late October. As infections are rising, specific high-infection areas follow lockdown measures, while there is an active nationwide curfew.
Italy has recorded 960,373 cases (345,289 recovered) and 41,750 deaths in total.
Coronavirus reported cases in the Netherlands have been on a steady rise as of early September. The country recorded a peak of 10,283 cases on 31 October. Since then, numbers are decreasing.
On 13 October, monthly lockdown measures have been introduced. All businesses, except for supermarkets, are closing at 20:00 and public meetings of more than two people from different households were banned.
The Netherlands has recorded 414,745 cases and 8,043 deaths in total.
Portugal’s coronavirus reported cases are on the rise since early October. However, early November showed an unprecedented peak.
The same day the country recorded its most cases ever (7,497), new lockdown restrictions across high-infected areas were introduced by the government. Earlier, there were specific limitations in business hours. But now, lockdown measures are tightened as almost 2/3 of the Portuguese population resides in high-infected areas.
Portugal has recorded 183,420 cases (102,083 recovered) and 2,959 deaths in total.
Spain was one of the most infected European countries at the time the first wave penetrated the continent. A rise in the coronavirus reported cases was first reported in early August. This resurgence became worse in mid-October with a sudden increase.
The government declared a state of emergency for the country and the second lockdown took immediate effect. Simultaneously, nationwide curfews were introduced. The state of emergency was eventually extended until May 2021.
Spain has recorded 1,426,602 cases and 39,345 deaths in total.
A tremendous increase in coronavirus reported cases was recorded in the UK in early October. The new pandemic surge peaked in late October. Nevertheless, every day reported cases remained high.
On October 31, an announcement regarding the upcoming lockdown restrictions has been made. The measures that began to be in effect since 5 November include restrictions of movement and meetings, as well as shutting down some non-essential businesses.
Spain has recorded 1,213,363 cases and 49,238 deaths in total.