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New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe’s second wave

Caitlin Ashworth



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Countries across Europe are imposing new restrictions as they grapple with a second major wave of Covid-19. Worldwide, the coronavirus has now infected more than 40 million people and been responsible for the deaths of more than 1 million. In Europe, Covid-19 deaths have surpassed 250,000, making up nearly a quarter of the coronavirus deaths in the world.

Whilst there has been a sharp uptick in new cases in parts of Europe, the death rate has remained relatively low, when compared with the first wave in April and May. But even the death rate has started creeping up over the past week.

Belgium has reported a sharp spike in cases. Just today, the country reported 9,138 new confirmed cases and 21 new Covid-19 related deaths. Cafes and restaurants have been closed for the past 4 weeks and there’s now a nightly curfew. But some restaurant and business owners criticise the government’s order.

“We don’t feel considered, and it hurt my heart… Everyone is in pain. It’s horrible.”

Switzerland was able to control the virus at the start of the outbreak, but has recently had a spike of Covid-19 cases. In the past week, coronavirus infections have doubled in the Alpine nation. The government imposed new restrictions, like a ban on public gatherings of more than 15 people. It’s also now mandatory to wear a face mask while at any indoor public spaces. In a statement, the government said the spike in cases is “worrying” and a concern for all age groups.

France ranks in the top 10 highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. On Saturday, the country announced it had 32,400 new infections. Over the weekend, the government imposed a nightly curfew on 9 cities, including Paris.

Italy, which had the first major Covid-19 outbreak, is now experiencing a second wave and has imposed restrictions again like bans on public gatherings. The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says “We cannot waste time.”

Active Covid-19 Cases in Switzerland

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 Cases in Belgium

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 Cases in France

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 Cases in Italy

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Worldometers


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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Good job, Boris

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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    the amnesty visa this ends on October 31, our embassies no longer want to provide a letter, where is the logic when we see what is happening in Europe, to force us to perhaps look for the virus while we are safe in Thailand.

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    Don R

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Dumb question here: What ever happened with that 1918 pandemic? It seems like it just went away after people acquired immunity and/or the virus weakened. Asking for a friend.

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Sort of. But Google it.

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      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      Just read a great book on that:”Pale Rider”

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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    European countries and the US do a massive number of tests, so they manage to find lots and lots of cases.

    Most other countries in the world do very ,very limited number of tests, so they dont find so many cases.

    This is the major difference .

    The nr of covid tests per 1 million population is 380 000 in the US, and only 13 000 in Thailand, according to worldometer.

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      Don R

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Yes, and the media’s consistent failure to provide context to the numbers is just killing the West and its traditions. Sad times.

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        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:21 am

        Don R, I could not agree more. It takes now some research to get the real data rationally explained by scientists that all of us are not cause the rational scientists are not invited in the mainstream media anymore (in many european countries). One number strikes me in perticular, and it should be the number everyone should focus on, is that the mortality rate in Europe in 2020 is pratically the same as in 2019 and 2018 (this numbers are public and available to anyone who bothers to do little research). There are also the (huge) number of “false positive” tests, and finally comparing to the rate mortality each year with the flu (influenza) in Europe, it is matching the covid one so far (worrying question now: will we from now on every winter in Europe go through the same madness because of the flu pandemic that we will get as we do every year?? Or for some weird reason this madness applies only for covid-19???). There are in France 300 times less deaths caused by covid currently than back in March/April (the % comparing with all the tested positive is so low I cannot even be bothered to mention it). In the UK, the deaths caused by covid is the 21st cause at the moment… 20 other causes of death are surpassing the one from covid but nobody seems to be interested!!. I am not even talking about the (very near) future of mental and physical impact (and of course financially but then it is all linked) the MAD restrictions on human lives that are currently on place will cause.

        One thing I do not agree with you Don R is that you say “sad times”. I would say “scary and dangerously worrying times”!!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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