Scientists estimate that there are about 96,000 new cases every day.
British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat a surge of COVID-19 cases and “rescue Christmas” as scientists warn that the number of people hospitalised with the disease in the U.K. could almost triple by the end of next month unless something more is done now.
Spain and the United Kingdom, are reordering stringent measures as new cases rise.
Macron announced a second national lockdown until at least the end of November.
Mr Macron said that under the new measures, starting on Friday, people would only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons.
Non-essential businesses, such as restaurants and bars, will close, but schools and factories will remain open.
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Angela Merkel said her country had to “act now” and called for a “major national effort” to fight the spread of coronavirus.
While Germany has a lower infection rate than many other parts of Europe, the speed with which the virus has been spreading in recent weeks has alarmed Berlin.
“Our health system can still cope with this challenge today, but at this speed of infection it will reach the limits of its capacity within weeks,” Mrs Merkel said.
“We are deep in the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “I think that this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”
French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered another lockdown across his country in response to a second wave of coronavirus infections there.
France has seen a rapid surge in the number of COVID-19 infections in recent weeks. The figure has topped 1.2 million — the highest in Europe.
As of Tuesday, fatalities from the virus had surged over 500, threatening to overwhelm the country’s medical institutions.
In a televised speech on Wednesday evening, Macron announced a nationwide lockdown effective from Friday through December 1. People will be required to stay at home except for commuting to and from work, and for health-related and other essential reasons.
Expressing a sense of crisis, Macron said that unless the nation can curb the spread of the virus now, hospitals across the country would soon be filled up and doctors would have to choose which patients to treat.
The order will also require all shops except those selling necessities of life to suspend business and all restaurants to close. The French government says details of the lockdown will be announced on Thursday.
This will be France’s second lockdown after a similar one five and a half months ago.
Unlike the first lockdown, primary and middle schools will remain open this time. Universities and other higher educational institutions will only be allowed to provide online classes.
The spring lockdown that continued for nearly two months seriously affected France’s economy. Macron stressed that the manufacturing, agricultural and construction industries will be allowed to continue operations during this lockdown as the French economy must not stop or deteriorate.
The French government has been trying to cope with the second wave of the virus by taking more moderate measures such as imposing a curfew at night. But such efforts didn’t halt the spread of the virus, prompting the government to take tougher steps.
In a bid to control the surging number of cases, Netherlands has also announced a four-week partial lockdown, as new cases rose to 10,000 per da