Restaurants, entertainment centers and cultural institutions to shut down in Germany

Andrew Cummings
October 29, 2020

Germany had always been praised internationally for maintaining much lower infection and death rates than other western European nations such as France, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

"Better to do it now and do it right, than late and half-hearted", he said. Deaths from COVID-19 have risen nearly 40% on the continent in just a week.

"We are all in the same position: overrun by a second wave which we know will be harder, more deadly than the first".

Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking drastic new curbs, including fresh shutdowns hitting leisure, sports and the food and drink sectors, as she holds crisis talks Wednesday with Germany's regional leaders to halt surging coronavirus infections and save the Christmas holiday season.

The tough restrictions to come into force from Monday, 2 November to the end of the month would limit contact outdoors to people from two households.

It cited a draft resolution as showing Merkel wanted the 16 premiers of the states to agree to close fitness studios, casinos and cinemas along with theatres, opera houses and concert venues but allow shops to remain open if they implement hygiene measures and limit customer numbers.

According to NBC News, half of all ICU beds in France are now occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The new measures echo the eight-week lockdown that France enforced in the spring, when hospitalisations and deaths caused by the COVID-19 epidemic reached a peak. Schools, bars, and restaurants had been allowed to reopen in phases in recent weeks. Officials will gather again in two weeks to assess the impact of the measures. Both figures marked the biggest such rise since May.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a similar crackdown during a televised address Wednesday evening.

"We are having 40,000-50,000 new identified contaminations each day", he said.

"Crude oil is under pressure from the increase in COVID-19 cases, especially in Europe, and a larger than expected storage build (in the U.S.)", said Robert Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in NY.

The largest attendance under the restrictions was Borussia Dortmund's home clash with Freiburg when 11,500 fans watched on, while other clubs - including reigning champions Bayern Munich - did not reopen their stadiums due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the surrounding area. After they authorized the move, the chancellor appealed to people not to make unnecessary journeys and said hotels won't be able to accommodate people on tourist trips.

We can say that our health system can cope with the challenge today.

Deaths jumped by 85 to 10,183, fuelling fears about the health system after Merkel warned it could hit breaking point if infections continue to spiral.

Since the weekend, police and protesters have clashed repeatedly in Italian cities from Naples to Turin.

"This time we have two enemies", she said.

It said an exponential increase in infections in nearly all regions of Germany meant that many local health authorities could not track and trace all infections so it was necessary to significantly reduce contact between people now in the hope that extensive restrictions are not required over Christmas.

"At 6 p.m. public transport is often crowded".

"We will provide economic support to affected businesses". "The strict containment measures in March and April laid the ground for an economically successful summer". "I am more unhappy with political polemics, because I think that this is not the moment for this, it's a moment to stick together and find solutions that are the less painful for people".

"Those are not decisions that are easy to take", he added.

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