France 24
France 24 5 Jan 2021

Coronavirus pandemic: How UK lockdown will affect border control in Europe?


Prime Minister Boris #Johnson on Monday announced a six-week #lockdown for England's 56 million people, including the closure of schools, after a surge in #coronavirus cases brought warnings that hospitals could soon face collapse. How will this lockdown affect border control in Europe? FRANCE 24's International Affairs Editor Armen Georgian explains.

We take a look at how the pandemic has impacted the European economy in 2020 and what the future may hold.
For paramedics dealing with a surge in #coronavirus infections in #Mexico, finding an available bed for patients in overwhelmed hospitals has become a daily lottery. Mexico's official Covid-19 death toll, the fourth highest in the world, now stands at nearly 134,000, with more than 1.5 million cases registered.
#France will strengthen #border controls and bring forward its night curfew by two hours to 6 p.m. as it tries to slow the spread of #coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday.
2020 will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic, which is far from over. Restrictions and lockdowns have had a huge impact on the younger generation. How have they dealt with it? And how has it changed their lives?
It was a party to ring in the new year - and to let out frustrations about the pandemic. Police in western France are now investigating how thousands of young people were able to join in an illegal rave, as the number of coronavirus cases there have reached new highs. Hundreds of partygoers were ID'd and fined for breaching France's coronavirus restrictions. In the cavernous warehouses near the city of Rennes, the party was finally over.
Hours earlier, the rave had still been in full swing. Around 2,500 mostly young people had gathered on New Year's Eve, defying police efforts to stop the event.
With the police holding back, the party continued for a second night. The organizers defended their decision to stage the event.
France has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Western Europe. To contain the virus, bars and restaurants are closed and an 8pm curfew will be moved forward in many parts of the country.
Fearing a superspreader event, authorities have urged everyone who attended to self-isolate when they get home.
DW also spoke with young people in Berlin about how the pandemic has upended their lives.

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