Posted October 10, 2020 9:28 pm by

Coronavirus cases surge in Europe and Latin America

Coronavirus cases have risen to more than 36 million around the world © AFP / Ye Aung THU

Berlin, Germany, Oct 9 – Germany and Poland enforced new restrictions to fight the coronavirus Saturday, as the number of cases surged in Europe and breached 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bars and restaurants are to close at 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) in Berlin until October 31 in a partial curfew, a measure already imposed — but starting an hour earlier — in the financial capital Frankfurt.

With more than 400 new cases daily in Berlin, the shutdown of the German capital’s legendary nightlife also covers all shops except pharmacies and petrol stations, although they will be banned from selling alcohol.

Coronavirus cases surge in Europe and Latin America

Protests were held in Rome and Berlin against government virus control measures © AFP / Andreas SOLARO

“This is not the time to party,” said Berlin mayor Michael Muller. “We can and we want to prevent another more severe confinement.”

Police said “several thousand” people marched through Berlin on Saturday in a silent protest against restrictions. Protesters also rallied in Rome, Warsaw and London against mask-wearing requirements and virus curbs.

Governments across the globe are struggling to keep up with a sharp rise in infections and manage growing public frustration over a new restrictions as the pandemic enters a second wave.

Since it emerged in China late last year, the virus has killed more than one million worldwide, infected nearly 37 million and forced millions more out of work as the pandemic batters the global economy.

Coronavirus cases surge in Europe and Latin America

Coronavorus trends in regions since February and in countries in the week to October 9 © AFP / Simon MALFATTO

Latin America and the Caribbean marked 10 million cases Saturday and with more than 360,000 deaths, the region is the worst hit in terms of fatalities, according to official figures.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel had already warned Friday that high-infection areas would be given 10 days to bring down cases or face tougher action, calling big cities the “arena” to keep the pandemic under control.

In neighbouring Poland, authorities told people to wear face masks in all public spaces after coronavirus cases hit a new record daily high of 4,280.

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