Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera 18 Oct 2020

Paris heads into curfew as Europe battles soaring COVID caseload


Infections are soaring across Europe, with about 100,000 new cases a day.
New restrictions linked to coronavirus have come into force in France, Belgium and Poland, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked Germans to refrain from any travel or gatherings that is not necessary.
While the UK is pursuing localised responses to try to avoid a national lockdown, it is not clear yet how effective that will be.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from London, UK.

France on Wednesday became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions.
Ireland will lockdown again for six weeks, as more European countries roll out restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus.
French authorities placed the #Paris region on maximum #virus #alert on Monday, banning festive gatherings and requiring all bars to close but allowing restaurants to remain open, as numbers of infections increased rapidly.
After a relatively calm summer, ABC News' Ian Pannell reports on most of Europe dealing with a COVID-19 resurgence which has prompted schools and businesses to shut down again.

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