In the middle of the second epidemic wave; many European citizens are protesting against the restrictive measures and worried about the economic situation. And they might not be out of the woods. In an interview with the Swiss press, WHO official David Nabarro said estimated that the continent could experience a third epidemic wave in early 2021, if governments reproduce the same mistakes as in the second wave.
Germany: demonstration of anti-masks
The anti-masks remain mobilized in Germany. Several hundred people demonstrated in Berlin against the restrictive measures taken to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.
Even if the infection curve flattens in the country, restrictions will still be imposed for several months. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, opened up the possibility of reopening restaurants in December.
The German leader also detailed her vaccination plan, and nearly a hundred vaccination centers should be ready soon
Portugal: concern of the world of culture
In Portugal, it was technicians from the cultural sector who demonstrated, leaving their work tools in front of the arenas of Campo Pequeno in Lisbon. The whole world of culture is very worried, while the sector employs nearly 130,000 people. Unions demand immediate action to prevent culture from dying in Portugal
“The funding announced by the government is insufficient. When a tragedy occurs in fishing, agriculture, banking, even in private banks, or in the airline industry, the government saves them, so they must also save the culture.“, explains Sandra Farinha of the Association for the Promotion of Shows, Festivals and Events
The Portuguese government has decided to tighten restrictions to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in particular by closing schools on Monday, November 30 and December 7, on the eve of public holidays.
France: demonstration of Catholics
In France, several hundred Catholics gathered again in front of the cathedrals of Bordeaux and Toulouse to demand the return of mass in churches, banned during confinement.
“Until we get what we ask for, we’ll be there, and we’ll keep asking until we get it, tells Elisabeth Blancher, the co-founder of the Collective for Mass Bordeaux. It is not a movement on a whim that took place on a Sunday. It is a movement of all Catholics of Bordeaux but also of France as we have seen, who want from the bottom of their hearts, to find Mass and the Eucharist.”
The “relaxations” in the confinement in force since October 30 will be made in “three stages” first around December 1, then before the end of year holidays, then from January 2021 “, announced the holder. word of the government in an interview with the press.
Nearly 300 Covid-19 patients have died in the last 24 hours (out of a total of 48,518), or 110 less than the day before, and the number of patients in intensive care continues to decline for the 5th consecutive day, according to French statistics published on Saturday.
United Kingdom: “economic shock”
The British government has announced that the four-week lockdown in England will not be extended beyond December 2, when this British province will return to a system of local restrictions.
British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said on Sunday that the United Kingdom, under “enormous pressure” due to Covid-19, was facing a major “economic shock”, however ruling out recourse to austerity measures .
In the United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe, each British province decides on its own strategy in the face of the health crisis.
Italy: “unprecedented vaccination campaign”
Italy, where the pandemic has killed more than 48,000 people, will begin an “unprecedented vaccination campaign” at the end of January, starting with the categories of the population most at risk, Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza announced on Saturday. .
Nearly 1.4 million deaths worldwide
The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 1,381,915 worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources Sunday at 11am GMT.
More than 58,165,460 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 37,053,500 are now considered cured.
After the United States, Brazil is the most bereaved country (168,989 dead), followed by India (133,227 dead), Mexico (101,373 dead) and the United Kingdom (54,626 dead).