Sweden has joined a lot of its European neighbours and launched new COVID-19 restrictions as circumstances surged on the continent.

New measures took impact on Tuesday within the Scandinavian nation, which opted to not impose a nationwide lockdown within the spring when different EU international locations did.

Austria and Greece additionally launched new measures yesterday, with Germany imposing a partial shutdown on Monday and tighter guidelines have additionally been set in movement in Italy, France, Kosovo and Croatia.

England will introduce a near-total lockdown from Thursday, though colleges and universities will stay open.

Nations reintroduced restrictions to get forward of a virus that has precipitated greater than 1.2 million deaths across the globe, over 270,000 of them in Europe, in line with Johns Hopkins College and is straining well being care programs.

Sweden

The nation of 10 million individuals now has 134,532 reported circumstances and almost 6,000 deaths.

“We’re going within the fallacious route. The state of affairs may be very severe,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven mentioned. “Now, each citizen must take duty. We all know how harmful that is.”

The brand new measures kicking in on Tuesday embody limits on capability in eating places and cafés with a most of eight individuals at any desk.

The nation additionally introduced native restrictions in three extra counties that embody Sweden’s largest cities.

UK

England is because of begin a brand new four-week lockdown at midnight on Wednesday/Thursday, with residents advised to remain at house aside from various exceptions, together with to look after the susceptible or do groceries. Faculties will, nonetheless, stay open.

Wales and Northern Eire are already in the course of “firebreak” lockdowns and Scotland has launched a five-tier system of coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised MPs within the Home of Commons on Wednesday that he was confronted with information that tasks “the NHS might collapse” earlier than selecting to reinstate the lockdown.

“I’m not ready to take the chance with the lives of the British individuals,” he mentioned

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has requested the World Well being Organisation (WHO) to ship an emergency medical staff to assist the nation’s hospitals, that are battle to manage underneath the pressure of the second wave.

Hundreds of well being care professionals within the nation are contaminated and subsequently not capable of work, in line with the AP.

A spokesperson from the WHO’s regional workplace for Europe mentioned Tuesday that the Czech authorities had “accepted the WHO provide to activate the Emergency Medical Staff system to deliver groups of well being professionals to help the nationwide efforts”.

The nation has been going through a file surge in new circumstances since late August however the day-to-day improve has barely fallen since hitting a file of 15,664 every week in the past. It reached 12,088 on Tuesday.

The Czech Republic had 362,985 confirmed circumstances because the starting of the pandemic with virtually 170,000 registered within the final two weeks. Almost one-third of the nation’s 3,913 deaths passed off within the final seven days.

Belgium

Belgium, proportionally nonetheless the worst-hit nation in Europe with regards to coronavirus circumstances, mentioned on Wednesday there are growing indicators {that a} turning level within the disaster was drawing shut.

Yves Van Laethem, COVID-19 disaster centre spokesman, mentioned that for the primary time in a month, statistics on new infections on a weekly foundation had been happening.

He added that if the slowdown continued, Belgium will be capable to stay under the utmost capability at hospitals within the coming weeks.

The announcement got here within the wake of elevated measures over the previous few weeks with bar and restaurant closures capped by a partial lockdown that started Monday, placing additional restrictions on gatherings and forcing non-essential outlets to close.

Italy

Italy recorded its highest day by day COVID-19 loss of life toll in almost six months on Tuesday as Hungary and the Netherlands tightened restrictions to additional in an effort to fight the virus.

In accordance with figures from the Italian well being ministry, 353 individuals died from COVID-19 within the nation within the earlier 24 hours — the best day by day improve since Could 6.

Greater than 39,400 individuals have now misplaced their lives within the pandemic within the southern European nation, whereas the variety of infections recorded grew by 28,244 to just about 760,000.

Netherlands

Within the Netherlands, the federal government mentioned the partial lockdown imposed three weeks in the past is beginning to repay with the variety of infections happening by 5 per cent week on week to simply over 64,000 recorded over the previous seven days.

The autumn got here three weeks after the federal government put the nation of 17 million on partial lockdown, together with closing bars and eating places, halting beginner sports activities for adults and urging individuals to work at home.

However Dutch authorities stay involved the variety of COVID-19 sufferers is placing an insufferable pressure on hospitals, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte introduced additional restrictions Tuesday night time.

He warned that some areas might be positioned underneath curfews if an infection charges don’t drop, and warned residents of the Netherlands to not journey overseas till mid-January.

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