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Fact Check: Is The Govt Going to Re-Impose Nationwide Lockdown From December 1? Here’s The Truth

A tweet is going viral, which claims that lockdown will be imposed again in the country from December 1 to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Updated: November 12, 2020 3:37 PM IST

By India.com Viral News DeskEmailEdited by Ritu SinghEmail


Fact Check: Is The Govt Going to Re-Impose Nationwide Lockdown From December 1? Here's The Truth


New Delhi:
In the wake of growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, a lot of fake news and misinformation have surfaced on different social media websites. However, not all that we read on the internet is true and it’s always better to check the facts before believing them.
One such tweet is going viral, which claims that lockdown will be imposed again in the country from December 1 to contain the spread of coronavirus. However, nothing of this sort has been announced by the government.

Refuting such claims on social media, the fact check wing of the Government’s Press Information Bureau said the tweet is morphed and there is no such plan under consideration as of now.
Debunking the fake news, PIB, in a tweet wrote, ”A tweet allegedly posted by a prominent media outlet claims that due to the growing number of #COVID19 cases in the country, the Govt. is going to re-impose a nationwide lockdown from 1st December #PIBFactCheck: This tweet is #Morphed. No such decision has been taken by the Govt.”

Debunking the fake news, PIB, in a tweet wrote, ”A tweet allegedly posted by a prominent media outlet claims that due to the growing number of #COVID19 cases in the country, the Govt. is going to re-impose a nationwide lockdown from 1st December #PIBFactCheck: This tweet is #Morphed. No such decision has been taken by the Govt.”




A tweet allegedly posted by a prominent media outlet claims that due to the growing number of #COVID19 cases in the country, the Govt. is going to re-impose a nationwide lockdown from 1st December #PIBFactCheck: This tweet is #Morphed. No such decision has been taken by the Govt

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The Press Information Bureau launched this fact-checking arm in December 2019, to curb misinformation and fake news prevalent on the internet. It claimed that its objective was “to identify misinformation related to government’s policies and schemes that are circulating on various social media platforms”.
The government has time and again, urged people not to share such unconfirmed reports and trust only reliable sources.

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Govt to re-impose strict lockdown from December 1? Here's the truth
A tweet by a Hindi television channel said that the government is likely to announce complete lockdown from December 1 as number of coronavirus cases is witnessing a spike.

India TV News DeskIndia TV News Desk
New DelhiUpdated on: November 13, 2020 8:48 IST


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Rumours are that the government is mulling to re-impose lockdown.

With the number of coronavirus cases witnessing a surge amid the ongoing festival season, rumours about the government planning to re-impose nation-wide lockdown are doing the rounds.
Several European nations such as France, Britain have been forced to announce second phase of lockdown amid rising cases of COVID-19. Will the Government of India follow suit? A tweet by a Hindi television channel said that the government is likely to announce complete lockdown from December 1 to control coronavirus cases.
FACT CHECK
The Press Information Bureau (PIB), however, has rubbished the news about the reimposition of lockdown. It said that the government is not planning any such move.

Responding to the tweet by the channel, the PIB said," A tweet allegedly posted by a prominent media outlet claims that due to the growing number of COVID19 cases in the country, the Govt. is going to re-impose a nationwide lockdown from 1st December #PIBFactCheck: This tweet is #Morphed. No such decision has been taken by the Govt."


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India saw a single-day increase of 47,905 infections taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 86,83,916, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease have surged to 80,66,501, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The coronavirus death toll has reached 1,28,121.
The number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the second consecutive day. There are 4,89,294 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 5.63 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
(With inputs from PTI)

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Why Covid-19 cases in India may increase in winter. All you need to know

The pollution level in India’s major cities, festivals, more unlocking measures, which will all coincide with the onset of winter in India, might take the Covid-19 tally higher.

INDIA Updated: Oct 18, 2020, 15:50 IST
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Experts have warned that Covid-19 cases might rise in India in November-December.


Experts have warned that Covid-19 cases might rise in India in November-December. (PTI)



Ahead of the onset of winter, experts are warning that the number of Covid-19 infections may see a sudden jump as the mercury dips. Russia and the United Kingdom are experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 aggravated by winter. There is no reason to dismiss the possibility of the same in India, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said earlier. The Covid-19 expert panel, headed by VK Paul, also asserted that India must be ready to face a second wave during the winter.

Here is all you need to know about Covid-19 predictions in winter:
1.
In the United Kingdom, Covid-19 cases registered a 40 per cent spike with the onset of winter.
2. Prediction is the UK will see 120,000 deaths in this winter.
3. During early months — just after the outbreak of the infection — it was rumoured that hot and cold weather can kill coronavirus. But the virus has survived summer and monsoon and is likely to escalate in winter.
4. Though there has been no confirmation on this, Covid-19 is likely to function like other flu viruses which thrive in winter conditions.
5. Studies suggest all respiratory pandemics including Spanish Flu, Asian Flu, Hong Kong Flu did encounter a second wave after six months of the breakout. But for Covid-19, it will coincide with winter.
6. It will also be a year this November as the virus was first detected in Wuhan in November 2019.
7. Swine flu cases in Maharashtra had surged during winter, a study says.
8. People with respiratory problems suffer during winter. In India, pollution is likely to add to this as major cities are highly polluted.
9. Covid-19 has so far shown no behavioural change because of season change. But as the number of cases is increasing in countries where the temperature has started dipping, it is expected that Covid-19 will become more active during winter in India as well.
10. In November-December, there is likely to be more unlocking in India. The spillover of festive unlocking will continue in November and December with more trains, flights, inter-state travel, which might push Covid-19 cases higher. Many European countries are going under second lockdown now to check the number of cases.


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दुनिया के पांचवें नंबर के रईस एलन मस्क ने एक दिन में कराए चार कोविड- 19 टेस्ट, सामने आई बड़ी गड़बड़ी


दुनिया के टॉप-10 अमीरों में पांचवें नंबर पर काबिज एलन मस्क।


Publish Date:Sat, 14 Nov 2020 05:46 PM (IST)Author: Arun Kumar Singh

दुनिया के टॉप-10 अमीरों में पांचवें नंबर पर काबिज एलन मस्क ने ट्वीट किया कुछ बोगस चल रहा है। आज मेरा चार बार कोविड टेस्ट किया गया। दो टेस्ट निगेटिव रहे और दो पॉजिटिव। वही मशीन वही टेस्ट और वही नर्स। रैपिड एंटीजन टेस्ट फ्रॉम बीडी।

नईदिल्ली, एजेंसी। दुनिया के टॉप-10 अमीरों की लेटेस्ट लिस्ट में पांचवें नंबर पर काबिज एलन मस्क ने एक ही में दिन कोविड-19 का चार टेस्ट कराया और ताज्जुब की बात ये है कि इसमें से दो रिपोर्ट पॉजिटिव और दो निगेटिव रहे। स्पाक्स और टेस्ला के बॉस एलन मस्क ने इस पर सवाल उठाते हुए कहा कि कुछ गड़बड़ी चल रही है। मस्क ने ट्वीट किया, 'कुछ बोगस चल रहा है। आज मेरा चार बार कोविड टेस्ट किया गया। दो टेस्ट निगेटिव रहे और दो पॉजिटिव। वही मशीन, वही टेस्ट और वही नर्स। रैपिड एंटीजन टेस्ट फ्रॉम बीडी।'
हालांकि इससे पहले मस्क इस वायरस को लेकर मच रही हायतौबा का खारिज करते रहे हैं। मार्च में उन्होंने कहा था कि अप्रैल तक अमेरिका में इसका एक भी मामला नहीं होगा। बता दें अमेरिका कोरोना से सबसे अधिक प्रभावित है।

एलन मस्क ने कहा कि दूसरी लैब्स से भी उनका पॉलीमीरेज चेन रिएक्शन टेस्ट हुआ है, जिनकी रिपोर्ट आने में 24 घंटे का समय लगेगा। उन्होंने ट्वीट किया, 'मेरा अलग लैब्स से पीसीआर टेस्ट हो रहा है। नतीजे आने में 24 घंटे लगेंगे।' एक यूजर ने उनके लक्षणों के बारे में पूछा तो उन्होंने कहा कि उनमें सर्दी जुकाम के मामूली लक्षण थे। कुछ भी असामान्य नहीं है। वहीं रॉयटर्स के मुताबिक मस्क संभवत: बेक्टन डिकींशन एंड कंपनीज के रैपिड एंटीजन टेस्ट की बात कर रहे हैं। सितंबर में कंपनी ने कहा था कि वह इन रिपोर्टों की जांच कर रही है कि उसके कोविड--19 टेस्टिंग इक्विपमेंट गलत पॉजिटिव रिजल्ट दे रहे हैं।

गौरतलब है कि एलन मस्क ने मई 2002 में धरती से बाहर जीवन खोजने के मकसद से स्पेस एक्स की शुरुआत की थी। उन्होंने रॉकेट डिजाइन करना सीखा। वे स्पेसएक्स के सीईओ हैं, बल्कि वहां के चीफ टेक्नोलॉजी ऑफिसर भी हैं। मस्क की कंपनियों का मकसद है इंसानी अस्तित्व पर मंडरा रहे खतरों का उपाय खोजना है। उनकी कंपनियां टेस्ला मोटर्स, सोलर सिटी और द बोरिंग कंपनी ऊर्जा के साफ विकल्पों के इस्तेमाल से जलवायु परिवर्तन का सामना करने की कोशिश में लगी हैं।


दुनिया के पांचवें नंबर के रईस एलन मस्क ने एक दिन में कराए चार कोविड- 19 टेस्ट, सामने आई बड़ी गड़बड़ी
 

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Tesla's Elon Musk tests positive and negative for COVID-19
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Tesla founder Elon Musk says he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus while also testing negative, offering a skeptical view of the validity of the procedures.
In a series of tweets early Friday, Musk said he had conflicting results from rapid "antigen" tests for COVID-19 after he had "mild sniffles & cough & slight fever" in recent days.
"Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today," he wrote. "Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse."|


Elon Musk reacts on Twitter to his positive and negative COVID-19 tests. /@elonmusk
Musk, who earlier this year dismissed concerns about the pandemic and fought lockdown orders in California, said he planned to take the more accurate PCR test which must be sent to a lab for analysis.
The rapid antigen tests have gained ground in recent weeks in view of backlogs at laboratories, but they are less sensitive to small amounts of virus and more likely to deliver a false negative.
In March, Musk appeared to dismiss concerns about the pandemic, saying that "my guess is that the panic will cause more harm than the virus."
Two months later he defied lockdown orders in California to reopen the Tesla assembly plant, daring authorities to arrest him.
Source(s): AFP


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Second Wave Of Coronavirus Europe Health System In Crisis Situation Uncontrollable

कोरोना की दूसरी लहर : यूरोप की स्वास्थ्य व्यवस्था चरमराई, हालात बेकाबू


वर्ल्ड डेस्क, ब्रसेल्स Updated Sun, 15 Nov 2020 07:35 PM IST





सार
कई यूरोपीय देशों में फिर से लॉकडाउन, पर हालात काबू में नहीं
इटली में स्थिति बिगड़ी, अस्पतालों में होने लगी बेड की कमी
फ्रांस में दूसरे दौर की महामारी के बाद हालत थोड़ी संभली

विस्तार
कोरोना वायरस का प्रकोप दुनिया भर में जारी है। यूरोपीय देशों में कोरोना वायरस की दूसरी लहर आ गई। यूरोप के कई देशों में कोरोना की दूसरी लहर की तीखी मार पड़ी है।इस कारण कुछ देशों में सख्त लॉकडाउन लागू किया गया है। शुक्रवार रात तक के आंकड़ों से संकेत मिलता है कि जहां सख्त नियम लागू किए गए, वहां संक्रमण के फैलाव में कुछ गिरावट आई है। मगर कई देशों में संक्रमण के मामले अभी भी बढ़ रहे हैं।अलग-अलग यूरोपीय देशों की मीडिया में छप रही रिपोर्टों से ये साफ हुआ है कि संक्रमण की दूसरी लहर के दौरान वहां की स्वास्थ्य व्यवस्था अब चरमराने लगी है।
पहली लहर की तरह ही इटली पर दूसरी लहर की भी तीखी मार पड़ी है। इस हफ्ते वहां संक्रमण के मामलों की संख्या दस लाख को पार कर गई। इटली से मिल रही खबरों के मुताबिक, वहां अस्पतालों में बिस्तरों का अभाव हो गया है। मरीजों को कतार में लगना पड़ रहा है। फॉर्मूला वन कार रेसिंग के लिए मशहूर ट्रैक मोंजा को स्वास्थ्य देखरेख केंद्र के रूप में तब्दील करना पड़ा है।
अस्पतालों में बेड की मारामारी इटली के नेपल्स प्रांत के कोतुग्नो शहर में एक अस्पताल के संक्रामक रोग विभाग के प्रमुख रोदोल्फो पुंजी ने मीडिया से कहा, ''मौजूदा हाल यह है कि कोतुग्नो अस्पताल में कोई बिस्तर उपलब्ध नहीं है। अस्पताल के नर्स और अन्य कर्मचारी कुर्बानी की भावना से अपनी जिम्मेदारियों का निर्वाह कर रहे हैं।''

हर तीन मिनट में आईसीयू में जा रहा एक मरीज
फ्रांस में पिछले दो हफ्तों से लॉकडाउन लागू है। वहां अब धीरे- धीरे संक्रमण के मामलों में गिरावट आ रही है। लेकिन खुद सरकार ने माना है कि वहां हालत अब भी संकटपूर्ण है। फ्रांस के प्रधानमंत्री ज्यां कोस्तेक ने कहा- ''अगर हम सात दिन का औसत निकालें, तो संक्रमण के मामलों में 16 फीसदी गिरावट आई है। यह ट्रेंड सकारात्मक है, लेकिन इसे सतर्क नजरिए से देखा जाना चाहिए। उन्होंने बताया कि पिछले कुछ दिनों में औसतन हर तीस सेंकड में एक व्यक्ति अस्पताल में भर्ती होने के लिए पहुंचा है। हर तीन मिनट पर किसी मरीज को आईसीयू में ले जाने की जरूरत पड़ी है।''
फ्रांस में दो हफ्ते और जारी रहेगा लॉकडाउन
फ्रांस में आधिकारिक तौर पर ये जानकारी दी गई है कि जिन लोगों को आईसीयू ले जाना पड़ा है, उनमें 40 प्रतिशत की उम्र 65 साल से कम है। इस बार अस्पताल में जितनी संख्या में लोगों को भर्ती होना पड़ा है, वह अप्रैल में महामारी के पहले दौर की संख्या से ज्यादा है। फ्रांस सरकार ने एलान किया है कि सख्त लॉकडाउन अभी कम से कम दो हफ्ते और जारी रहेगा।

अस्पतालों में सैनिकों को तैनात करना पड़ा
स्विट्जरलैंड में अस्पतालों में कर्मचारियों की संख्या बढ़ाने के लिए सेना की मदद लेनी पड़ी है। अस्पतालों में डॉक्टरों और नर्सों की मदद के लिए ढाई हजार सैनिकों को तैनात किया गया है। स्विट्जरलैंड में गुरुवार से लेकर शुक्रवार तक संक्रमण के सात हजार मामले में आए और 93 लोगों की मौत हो गई।
जर्मनी की हालत कुछ बेहतर
जर्मनी की स्थिति अपेक्षाकृत बेहतर है। वहां संक्रमण की दर घट रही है। जर्मनी की रोक नियंत्रण संस्था रॉबर्ट कोच इंस्टीट्यूट के प्रमुख लोथर विलर ने कहा है कि देश में संक्रमण का कर्व फ्लैट हो गया है। लेकिन उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि अभी यह नहीं मालूम है कि ये स्थिति टिकाऊ है या नहीं। विलर ने कहा कि सार्वजनिक स्थलों पर जो प्रतिबंध लगाए गए हैं, उनका क्या असर हुआ है, इस बारे में अभी कुछ कहना जल्दबाजी होगी।

आयरलैंड में एक दिसंबर से हटेगा लॉकडाउन
आयरलैंड सरकार ने एलान किया है कि वह अपने यहां एक दिसंबर को लॉकडाउन खत्म कर देगी। आयरलैंड सरकार के प्रवक्ता ने कहा कि कुछ हफ्ते पहले संक्रमण के जितने मामले में सामने आ रहे थे, अब उसके एक चौथाई के बराबर मामले ही सामने आ रहे हैं।


 
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Bars and shops closed as Europe battles second wave of coronavirus

Strict measures – including curfews and states of emergencies – are in force once more across the continent as Covid cases surge

An empty street under streetlights at night, with an illuminated billboard in the foreground advising people to wear masks


An empty street in Porto last week. Portugal’s second wave of Covid-19 is proving to be worse than its first. Photograph: Estela Silva/EPA

Emma Graham-Harrison
Sun 15 Nov 2020 11.00 GMT



France
The country announced a second lockdown from 30 October after daily Covid-related deaths reached their highest levels since April. Due to last at least a month, it is having a limited effect: new infections and hospital admissions dropped sharply at first only to increase sharply at the end of last week. , health ministry data showed

People are allowed to leave home only for essential work and medical reasons; restaurants and bars have been told to close but schools and factories can remain open. All non-essential travel has been banned and the country’s external borders are closed (although journeys are still permitted inside the EU). Travellers must be tested on arrival.


Austria
Yesterday, Vienna ordered a three-week lockdown starting on Tuesday to bring a surge in Covid-19 cases under control in time for Christmas. Austria now has one of Europe’s highest infection rates per capita. Daily new cases hit a record of 9,586 on Friday, nine times higher than at the peak of the first wave.
A current night-time curfew will become an all-day requirement to stay at home, with a few exceptions such as shopping or exercise. Working from home should happen wherever possible. Non-essential shops will close, as will service providers such as hairdressers. Secondary schools have already switched to distance learning; primary schools and kindergartens will continue to provide childcare.

Germany

‘Masks required for protection’: a sign requesting the wearing of face masks and pointing out social distancing rules in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district earlier this month.


‘Masks required for protection’: a sign requesting the wearing of face masks and pointing out social distancing rules in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district earlier this month. Photograph: David Gannon/AFP/Getty Images


Early this month, Germany began a “circuit-breaker” national lockdown to try to stop a sharp rise in cases, closing restaurants, bars, cinemas and gyms, and banning leisure travel. Schools remain open, and worship and protests are still allowed.
But daily infections have continued to increase, hitting a record 23,542 on Friday, and officials have dampened hopes that restrictions would be lifted at a meeting on Monday, when the effect of the lockdown will be discussed. Winter events such as office Christmas parties were unlikely to be allowed, the health minister said.

Portugal
The country is having a second wave that is worse than its first, and in response has brought in one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with a nightly curfew and weekend shutdowns in nearly 200 municipalities, home to more than three-quarters of the population. People have been urged to work from home if they can, though schools, shops and restaurants are still open. In affected areas, people must stay at home from 11pm to 5am, or from 1pm at weekends.
The country has recorded a comparatively low 191,011 cases and 3,181 deaths, but last Saturday daily infections rose to over 6,600.

Sweden
A masked man in Uppsala, Sweden, last month.


A masked man in Uppsala, Sweden, last month. Photograph: Tt News Agency/Reuters


Since the start of the pandemic, Sweden has opted for a light-touch, anti-lockdown approach. There were hopes that this could mitigate a second wave by producing a higher level of immunity, but studies so far show that the national health agency has been over-optimistic about levels of antibodies in the population. In recent days, infections and hospital admissions have surged, and several regions have brought in tighter controls – though people are asked, rather than legally obliged, to comply with most measures. On Friday, the country registered 5,990 new cases, the highest since the start of the pandemic.



But shops, bars, restaurants and gyms have stayed open throughout, and wearing a face mask is still not an official recommendation outside hospitals. The country’s death rate per capita is far higher than that of its Nordic neighbours, but lower than in countries such as Spain.
• The headline to this article was amended on 15 November 2020. An earlier version referred to borders being closed; while France, for example, has closed its external borders, internal EU borders are open with a regime for restriction measures in place.


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UPDATED: NOVEMBER 13, 2020 23:46 IST

A health worker takes swab sample from a worker for COVID-19 test, at a Metro construction site in Mumbai. File photo.


A circular from the Government’s health services directorate dated November 11 said a second wave of the pandemic is likely in January-February.


Anticipating a second COVID-19 wave in January-February, the Maharashtra government has asked the authorities to ensure there is no complacency in testing and said labs should be functional in every district and municipal corporation limits.
A circular from the Government’s health services directorate dated November 11 said a second wave of the pandemic is likely in January-February.
The second wave is expected based on what is happening in Europe, it said.

The circular said since October, the number of COVID- 19 cases in Maharashtra has showed signs of decline.
The second wave of the virus has hit many countries, especially those in Europe, it said.
The circular said there should be no complacency in coronavirus testing and all labs will remain functional as per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there should be 140 tests per 10 lakh population, it said.
For this, there should be testing labs in each district and municipal corporation limits, the government document said.
The circular said the need of the hour is to celebrate a firecracker-free Diwali keeping in mind health interest of COVID-19 patients and those with breathing problems.
Talking about COVID-19 protocols, it said wearing masks when outdoors, frequent hand wash, disinfection of surfaces, physical distancing, avoiding spitting and smoking in public places are necessary measures to curb the spread of the infection.
It also advised people to avoid unnecessary travel and not to take stress.
Till November 12, Maharashtra has recorded 17,36,329 COVID-19 cases and 45,682 deaths.


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How hard is the coronavirus second wave hitting in Europe?


By Laura Sanders with AP • last updated: 13/11/2020


Hospitals in Europe are filling up amid a resurgent tide of coronavirus infections and deaths flooding the continent's emergency wards.

Several countries are in partial lockdowns, with many hoping that restrictions will begin to have an effect as intensive care units fill up.

Here is a recap of what's happening in key countries across the continent.

Czech Republic: one of Europe's worst-hit now sees some promising signs
Infections in the Czech Republic have started to decline after a two-month rise to record-high levels. The number of people hospitalised also dropped below the 8,000 mark.

The eastern European country has recorded an additional 7,874 cases, down from more than 15,000 last week.

But the country still has the EU's highest 14-day incidence rate for COVID-19 deaths with 27.2 fatalities per 100,000 population. Of the country’s 5,755 dead from the virus, around 2,270 of them died in November.


The government responded by shutting hospitality businesses, schools and limiting public gatherings to two people. The army has set up a 500-bed field hospital in Prague.

If cases continue to fall, the government has said that some children could return to school.

Meanwhile, volunteers are being trained to take the pressure off a health service under huge pressure.

Belgium: Virologists believe it has passed its peak
Belgian health authorities said on Monday (9 November) they're confident that the country has now passed the peak of hospital admissions in its second wave. It's been just over a week since the country reinstated its lockdown.

The small country of 11.5 million has lost 13,891 inhabitants since the beginning of the pandemic and it has the most cases worldwide as a proportion of the population. The situation got so bad in one hospital in Liege, nurses were asked to carry on working even if they tested positive for COVID-19.

Some 7,000 virus patients are being treated in Belgian hospitals now, a number up slightly since the previous week, the authorities said.

To break the chain of transmission, Belgium has returned to partial lockdown measures including closing nonessential shops, bars and restaurants, as well as extending the autumn school holidays to 15 November.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said the new measures would stay in force for "at least a month and a half", at a press conference prior to the lockdown.


France: COVID patients make up 95% of intensive care units
French intensive care units are nearing saturation with 95% of them currently treating COVID-19 patients, said Prime Minister Jean Castex on 12 November.
France, which entered a second national lockdown in October, will likely stay restricted past December 1, with bars and restaurants unlikely to reopen in early December.

All non-essential shops have been closed but some may be able to reopen in December, the prime minister said. People currently need to fill in a form to justify getting out of their houses but schools, factories and building works will continue.

With more than 1.8 million infections since the start of the health crisis, France has Europe's highest cumulative total of recorded cases and the fourth-highest worldwide.


Germany: New record number of infections as officials warn of tough months ahead
Germany recorded a record number of new infections on November 13, reporting 23,542 in a single day. That's an increase of 1,700 infections compared to the previous day.

Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, said that the situation is likely to worsen in the coming months. He said despite a slowdown of infections, they cannot relax rules and there is unlikely to be a quick return to normal.

The country was seen as a role model in the spring for its fast and aggressive testing and contact-tracing method, which was credited with keeping the country's death toll down.

However, rising cases pushed the government to announce a partial lockdown from 2 November. Bars, cafes and restaurants are among the businesses that have closed nationwide.

Meanwhile, German Health Minister Jens Spahn came under fire for saying that nurses who test positive for COVID-19 could continue working with the proper protective measures in place.

More than 751,095 cases have so far been confirmed in Germany, with a death toll currently standing at 12,200.


Italy: Country passes one million confirmed cases
Italy recorded more than one million cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic on Wednesday, a grim record already present in France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The country recently instituted local lockdowns in four regions and a nationwide curfew in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading.

Amid a "worrying" surge in infections, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had imposed measures including nighttime curfews and the closure of cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools.

The governor of an autonomous Italian Alpine province famed for its ski resorts has declared it a “red zone,” shutting down as of Monday most non-essential shops, bars, cafes and restaurants from serving meals and forbidding citizens to leave their towns except for essential reasons like work.

The southern country was the first in Europe to impose local and then a national lockdown in early March to stem the quick spread of the virus.

The new restrictions were met with anger with protests breaking out in Rome and other cities.


The country has recorded more than 30,000 new daily cases on three occasions in the last few days, and currently has a total of 790,377. Its death toll is the second highest in Europe after the UK at 39,764.


Austria sees record spike in cases
Austria has imposed new restrictions as the country experiences a big spike in cases.

On November 7 it counted its record daily number of more than 8,000 cases, and the country has seen a total of 191,228 confirmed cases and 1,661 deaths.

While schools and nurseries remain open, people are not allowed out between 8pm and 6am and private meetings are limited to a maximum of two homes.

Additionally, museums, theatres and other cultural and sporting venues are closed, events are cancelled, and even Christmas markets have been shut.

Poland: National stadium turned into a field hospital
On 7 November Poland recorded its one day record for coronavirus cases with more than 27,000.

The total number of confirmed infections is now up to 665,547 with the death toll standing at 9,499.

Soldiers are being mobilised to conduct COVID-19 testing, so medical professionals can focus on helping patients while other spaces, including Warsaw's National Stadium, are being transformed into field hospitals.

Bars and restaurants have been closed and gatherings of more than five people have been banned.

The authorities are partly blaming the rise in cases on protests against a ruling from the constitutional court wich further restricted abortions in the country.

Spain: Curfews and confinements amid a state of emergency
Authorities in Spain declared a national state of emergency last week that is to last a minimum of 15 days but could be extended for up to six months, which Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said was the amount of time "necessary to overcome the most damaging stage of the pandemic".

Nighttime curfews have been imposed across the country and travel between regions is strongly discouraged.

The country was hit hard and fast by the first wave and imposed one of the strictest lockdowns.

More than 1.4 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in Spain since the beginning of the outbreak while nearly 40,461 have succumbed to the disease.

Sweden: Has its more relaxed strategy helped it avoid COVID fatigue?
Sweden, which drew criticism during the first wave for eschewing a strict lockdown and betting on herd immunity, is now urging people to avoid stores and transport.

The country of 10 million people now has 177,355 reported cases and over 6,000 deaths.

"We are going in the wrong direction. The situation is very serious," Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said. "Now, every citizen needs to take responsibility. We know how dangerous this is."

New measures which came into force on Tuesday include limits on capacity in restaurants and cafés with a maximum of eight people at any table. The prime minister will also attempt to ban the sale of alcohol after 10pm from November 20.

The country also announced local restrictions in three more counties which are home to Sweden's largest cities. Restrictions on nightclubs have also been introduced.

UK: Deaths surpass 50,000, the most in Europe
The United Kingdom has become the first European country to pass 50,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to latest figures.

It comes after England entered a full national lockdown on 5 November in an effort to curb the spread and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.

All non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes have been closed and people have been told to work from home where they can. Schools remain open throughout the lockdown.

Coronavirus restrictions vary between UK countries and Wales is now emerging from a 'firebreak' lockdown which was imposed earlier than the England lockdown.


The government has been criticised for its handling of the pandemic and opposition leaders have said the country should have been locked down sooner.

A study released last Wednesday said that as many as 100,000 people are contracting the disease daily in England with the outbreak doubling every nine days.

Portugal and Hungary impose curfew amid cases surge
Portugal, which like other European countries has seen new cases and hospital admissions surge in recent weeks, imposed a state of emergency and ordered some 7 million people — around 70% of its population — to stay home on weeknights from 11 pm to 5 am for at least the next two weeks.

They'll be even more limited over the weekends, allowed out only in the morning until 1 pm unless to buy essentials at supermarkets.


Hungary also imposed its strictest measures so far: an 8 pm to 5 am curfew announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. All businesses must close by 7 pm.


Other measures in Hungary mirrored those becoming depressingly familiar across Europe, including limits on eateries and sports events, family gatherings limited to 10 people and remote learning for high school and university students. The restrictions kick in Tuesday at midnight and will remain for at least 30 days.


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