France and Germany are going back into lockdown, while coronavirus cases in the U.S. surging to new highs, but at the other end of the world Taiwan has achieved a different kind of record more than 200 days without a locally transmitted case.
Taiwan holds the world’s best virus record by far and reached the 200-day landmark on Thursday. Its last local case came on April 12; there has been no second wave. On Friday, it reached 201 days without a local case.
The territories will see a second stringent lockdown this week. In Northern Ireland, under the new rules, people will not be allowed to travel more than five kilometres from their home.
Wales, non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close for two weeks.
World Health Organisation has described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” which will go up and down. The best way to control the virus, a WHO official added, was to flatten it.
Still, people let their guards down to return to routine and the effects of that complacency are now being felt in many countries.
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Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province has been put under restrictions as 183 new coronavirus cases surface in the city so far.
Netherlands has also announced a four-week partial lockdown, as new cases rose to 10,000 per day.
Spain and the United Kingdom, are also reordering stringent measures as new cases rise. But some are going even further to impose a second lockdown.
Here is a list of countries and territories across the world.
France from tonight will undergo a second lockdown to try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron told the nation.
The new measures will continue till December 1 and will restrict people to their homes, unless they need to move for essential travel such as to seek medical care.
Israel became the first country to reimpose a second lockdown when new infections rose to 4,000 a day.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a month-long lockdown in the country, which will include shutting down restaurants, gyms and theatres starting this week.