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    France locks down, Germany closes down, as virus cases hit record

    France announced a new month-long national lockdown and Germany imposed drastic new curbs on people’s daily lives as the EU’s biggest countries admitted that hospitals would soon be overwhelmed by patients suffering from coronavirus.

    The dramatic lockdown decision from French President Emmanuel Macron came after weeks of exponentially rising new infections across Europe that have forced governments across the continent to contemplate reinstating the punishing stay-at-home orders seen during the first wave in March and April.

    Ireland had already locked down again last week, and France’s move will likely lead to pressure on other governments to follow suit, including Britain’s.

    France announced a new month-long national lockdown and Germany imposed drastic new curbs on people’s daily lives as the EU’s biggest countries admitted that hospitals would soon be overwhelmed by patients suffering from coronavirus.

    The dramatic lockdown decision from French President Emmanuel Macron came after weeks of exponentially rising new infections across Europe that have forced governments across the continent to contemplate reinstating the punishing stay-at-home orders seen during the first wave in March and April.

    Ireland had already locked down again last week, and France’s move will likely lead to pressure on other governments to follow suit, including Britain’s.

    France locks down

    “All of us in Europe are surprised by the spread of the virus,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in another televised address to the nation during which he stressed that the second lockdown would be less severe than the first.

    Bars and restaurants are to be closed until at least the start of December, travel between regions will be limited, and citizens will need an authorization form to leave their homes, he said. But creches, schools, factories, and building sites will remain open.

    “As elsewhere in Europe, we are overwhelmed by a second wave that will probably be more difficult and deadly than the first,” Macron said.

    In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered a new round of shutdowns for the cultural, leisure and food and drink sectors from Monday November 2 until the end of the month, although Germans will not be confined to their homes.

    Source: Times of Isreal

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