Posted November 5, 2020 1:28 pm by

Fresh curbs for England and Italy as US sets new case record

London, United Kingdom, Nov 5 – England’s 56 million people joined much of western Europe in a second coronavirus lockdown Thursday, as the United States set a fresh daily record with close to 100,000 new infections.

European governments are struggling to contain a fresh wave of the pandemic, which has now infected more than 11 million across the continent.

The new stay-at-home orders from London came as Denmark said it would cull its entire population of more than 15 million minks after a mutation of the virus was found to have spread to people from the otter-like mammals.

An employee rides a bicycle through a “Sante publique France” warehouse in Marolles, where a billion face masks are being stored as part of the country’s strategic national reserve of medical equipment © AFP / François NASCIMBENI

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an England-wide shutdown as daily death tolls hit their worst levels since May and with warnings that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.

It prompted crowds across the nation to queue outside soon-to-close shops, book a last-minute haircut or head to the pub for a final pint, as business owners fretted over the impact of the lockdown on their bottom line.

“We will be paying this off for years,” said Joe Curran, landlord of The Queen’s Head pub in central London. “This lockdown will cost us thousands on top of the thousands so far.”

Fresh curbs for England and Italy as US sets new case record

Graphic looking at countries with the highest coronavirus death tolls, and their respective death rates. © AFP / John SAEKI

The new restrictions run until December 2 and mandate a return to working from home where possible, along with the closure of all non-essential shops and services. Schools will stay open.

Britain is among the world’s hardest-hit countries with just over a million virus cases and nearly 48,000 deaths.

England’s lockdown follows similar measures in the other nations of the United Kingdom — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — as well as France and Germany.

Parts of Italy will join that list from Friday, with shops selling non-essential goods to be shut in hard-hit areas and people largely confined to their homes except for work, health and emergency reasons.

Authorities have also announced a nationwide curfew between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.

“We don’t have alternatives,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said during a televised press conference on Wednesday night.

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