Covid hit EU braces

European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit amid internal disputes that threaten the bloc’s coronavirus recovery package.

Countries in Eastern Europe are facing rising waves of coronavirus infections, leading to riots in Serbia, mandatory face masks in Croatia and travel bans or quarantines imposed by Hungary.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff. “Now, we have to protect our own security and prevent the virus from being brought in from abroad.

Romania announced a record-high 698 new infections on Saturday, while 456 new cases were reported on Sunday.

Bulgaria, authorities reintroduced restrictions lifted a few weeks ago because of a new surge in cases. Indoor facilities at nightclubs and discos were ordered to close on Friday, with outdoor locations limited to 50 per cent of capacity. Wedding and baptisms have been limited to 30 people, while sporting events can be held only without spectators.

World Bank says the emerging and developing economies in Europe and Central Asia are on course for their worst recession since the global financial crisis of 2008.

Deaths per million counted as Covid related: USA 662,UK 645,Sweden 589, Germany 116,Greece 40.

Spain becomes second hardest-hit EU country with 1,002 Covid-19 deaths.

Belgium surpasses 2,000 cases

Ireland’s new coalition government unveiled its first Budget in Dublin today, spending heavily with borrowed money to combat the pandemic’s economic damage, and the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

The total package of €17.75 billion (£16.1bn), described by the country’s finance minister Paschal Donohoe as “unprecedented in its size and scale” and the largest in the country’s history, will include a €3.4bn national recovery fund to tackle the two main threats.

An extra €4bn will be given to the country’s health system to continue tackling the pandemic, including the provision of extra beds, PPE and testing.

The staggering cost of the pandemic was underlined when the minister said the total value of COVID-19 support measures so far amounted to €24.5bn.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia after he tested positive for COVID-19, his wife said on October 3. Poroshenko is in a hospital in Kyiv, his wife, Maryna Poroshenko, said in video. The former president announced on September 29 he had tested positive for the coronavirus and said he was receiving treatment at home.He suffers from diabetes, which is associated with an increased risk of developing complications from the coronavirus.A billionaire confectioner, Poroshenko is currently a member of parliament and leader of the European Solidarity party.He led Ukraine after Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the outbreak of conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in the east of the country.In 2019, he lost the presidential election to Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Ukraine, with a population of some 40 million, has reported more than 222,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 4,300 fatalities.

UK already has the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe.

Leeds could soon join Merseyside in being under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

 EU countries to provide “clear and timely information about what they must do, and which restrictions are in force,” including any accompanying requirements such as COVID-19 negative tests or passenger locator forms.

Ministers from 27 EU member states also created a common color-coded mapping system based on common criteria from the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) to define risk areas in the bloc.

Northern Ireland announced that it plans to impose a “circuit breaker” lockdown for four weeks – with schools set to close for two of them.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he is “very actively” considering a “short, sharp intervention” – and Mr Johnson is coming under pressure to consider similar measures in England.

Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, signed a decree on Tuesday to impose new restrictions on public gatherings, restaurants, sports and school activities.

Conte said that the measures were being taken to prevent a nationwide lockdown. The new restrictions follow a surge in coronavirus cases. On Saturday, Italy recorded 6,000 new infections.

UK covid hit hardest with toll rising the UK’s opposition leader, Keir Starmer, has called for a “circuit break” lockdown to slow down coronavirus infection rates.

England’s three-tier system comes into force, but PM warned measures don’t go far enough.

The country is being split into three COVID-19 alert levels, yet there are growing calls for the PM to take severe national action.

Starmer said that the Boris Johnson-led government had “lost control” of the outbreak, after ignoring the advice of a scientific panel, which had called for tougher restrictions to curb infections.

Johnson has announced a three-tier system to categorize areas by rates of infection to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Liverpool City Region is in the top tier, with bars and pubs forced to shut if they cannot operate as restaurants. Residents have also been banned from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens from Wednesday for at least a month.

Discussions are going to be held on whether Greater Manchester and Lancashire should be reclassified to also join the top tier of restrictions, amid concern at rising  coronavirus infection rates across the North West.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of “piling the pressure on” without providing an adequate package of economic support.

He claimed the possible reclassification of the region “risks confusing people” so soon after Greater Manchester was placed in Tier 2 of the new system of localised restrictions.

Poland PM , Mateusz Morawiecki, has tested negative for the coronavirus, after coming into contact with a positive patient last week.

The government’s spokesman, Piotr Müller, said that Morawiecki had no symptoms of the coronavirus and he would continue to stay in quarantine “until appropriate”.

The pandemic was also affecting elections Sunday in Europe. In Poland, which was holding a presidential runoff on Sunday between conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda, and Rafal Trzaskowski, the liberal, pro-European Union mayor of Warsaw, voters must wear masks and gloves, maintain social distancing and use hand sanitizer. They were instructed to use their own pens to mark ballots and ballot boxes were being disinfected regularly.

Portugal’s soccer federation announced on Tuesday that Cristiano Ronaldo had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Albania also has seen a significant increase in infections since mid-May, when it eased lockdown measures. The Balkan nation reported 93 new cases, over twice as many as the highest daily figures in March and April, and the health ministry called the situation at the main infectious disease hospital “grave.”

“Don’t lower vigilance and respect hygiene rules,” Albanian health authorities urged, adding that restaurants should “rigorously clean and disinfect.”

Croatia, whose island-dotted Adriatic Sea coast is a major tourist destination, is making wearing masks mandatory in stores beginning Monday. Restaurant staff, but not patrons, will also have to wear face coverings.

Bulgaria, authorities reintroduced restrictions lifted a few weeks ago because of a new surge in cases. Indoor facilities at nightclubs and discos were ordered to close on Friday, with outdoor locations limited to 50 per cent of capacity. Wedding and baptisms have been limited to 30 people, while sporting events can be held only without spectators.

After confirming a record 330 new cases on Friday, Bulgaria reported 208 cases, both on Saturday and Sunday. So far, the country has registered 3,597 cases and 267.

Romania Bulgaria Bosnia and Herzegovina Czech announced infections on Saturday, new cases were reported.

Evolution of number of cases for Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a total confirmed of 31,173.The total number of coronavirus infections to date in Bosnia is now 31,173 and 23,777 people have recovered so far, according to data by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The COVID-19 death toll is 947,the number of active coronavirus cases in the country is 6,449.

NATO is raising 500,000 Euros for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Fight against COVID 19

Czech government said Monday it would close restaurants and bars and ban alcohol in public places after a record spike in Covid-19 infections uptil November 03.

Special Covid-19 measures have now come into effect in the Czech Republic: -Schools are closed until November 3 -Restaurants, bars and cafes are also shuttered; only takeaway is allowed -Gatherings of no more than six are allowed -Face masks must be worn at transport stops

Sweden is doing better than every country in Europe, their average age of covid death was 84 years old

Denmark latest data indicates that the overall picture with the virus in Denmark is encouraging, according to University of Copenhagen professor of virology Allan Randrup Thomsen.

“If you look at the curve you can see that it is slowly falling. Gradually – not markedly – but it is on its way down,” Thomsen told Ritzau.

103 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 in Denmark at the current time, a reduction by 4 since Monday. Of these, 19 are receiving ICU care including 14 on ventilator treatment.

Published by Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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