Comprehensive news: The cumulative number of cases in Europe exceeds 8.5 million. Countries balance epidemic prevention and economy
Xinhua News Agency, Ljubljana, October 23. Xinhua News Agency reporters in the European region reported: As the weather turns cold and the flu season arrives, the number of new crown cases in Europe is increasing exponentially, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases exceeds 8.5 million. The strong rebound of the epidemic has forced governments of various countries to introduce new versions of prevention and control measures. How to find a balance between epidemic prevention and safeguarding the economy has become a major challenge for governments.
Peak of new cases
The Director-General of the World Health Organization Tan Desai said at a regular press conference a few days ago: “As the northern hemisphere enters winter, we are seeing an accelerated increase in the number of new crown cases, especially in Europe and North America.” Data show that Germany, Italy, Spain, Countries such as Belgium and Austria have set new highs in the number of new cases in a single day in the past two days.
The diagnosis rate in France in the last 7 days reached 251 per 100,000 people, an increase of 40% over the previous week. According to statistics from the French health department, as of the afternoon of the 22nd, the total number of confirmed cases in France reached 999,043, 41,622 new cases were added within 24 hours, and the cumulative number of deaths was 34,210.
According to data released by the Robert Koch Institute, the German disease control agency, on the 22nd, Germany had 11,287 newly diagnosed cases the day before, a new high since the crown epidemic, with a total of 392,049 confirmed cases; 30 new deaths and a total of 9,905 deaths.
According to data released by the British government on the 22nd, there were 21,242 newly diagnosed cases in the UK that day, and a total of 810,467 cases were confirmed. Since October 3, the number of newly diagnosed new crown cases in the UK in a single day has remained above 10,000. Since October 20, it has continued to maintain above 20,000 cases.
On the 21st, Spain became the first country in the EU and the sixth in the world to have more than one million confirmed cases of new crown. On the 22nd, Spain added 20,986 new confirmed cases of new crowns, a new high since the outbreak.
The Hungarian New Crown Epidemic Prevention and Control Center reported on the 23rd that the country has newly confirmed 2,066 cases in the past 24 hours, the highest number in the country since the epidemic. A total of 54278 confirmed cases, a total of 1,352 deaths, and a total of 15,655 cured.
Italy has newly diagnosed 16,079 cases on the 22nd, breaking the national record again. This is the number of new confirmed cases of new crown in Italy exceeding 15,000 in a single day for two consecutive days.
Austria newly diagnosed 2435 cases on the 22nd, exceeding 2000 cases in a single day for the first time.
The number of newly confirmed cases of new crown in Belgium on the 21st reached a new peak-13,227 cases, a total of 253,386 confirmed cases; 50 new deaths, a total of 10,539 deaths.
Epidemic prevention measures are different
French Prime Minister Jean Castel announced on the 22nd that in response to the deteriorating new crown epidemic, the French government decided to add 38 provinces and 1 overseas territories to the list of curfew areas for epidemic prevention. The curfew is 6 weeks and everyone in the curfew area It is forbidden to go out every night from 9 am to 6 am the next day. So far, this curfew for epidemic prevention has involved 54 of the 101 provinces in France, covering approximately 46 million people.
Among the 401 counties and cities in Germany, 133 counties and cities have been listed as epidemic hot spots. The Berchtesgaden region in southern Germany has been locked down for two weeks since the 20th due to the severe epidemic. Local schools, restaurants, leisure facilities, etc. are closed, and residents are not allowed to leave their residences without reasonable and necessary reasons.
Beginning on the 24th, the new crown alert level in South Yorkshire will be raised from “high” to “very high”, which is the highest level in the three-level alert system. Prior to this, the alert level of the new crown in Lancashire, Liverpool and its surrounding areas has reached a “very high” level.
According to Spanish media reports, the country’s capital Madrid and the Autonomous Region of Madrid will announce new restrictions on the end of the state of emergency on the 23rd. Curfews are expected to be imposed from the weekend to reduce infections caused by night outings.
Italy’s relatively concentrated number of confirmed cases of the new crown in the northern Lombardy, southern Campania, and central Lazio will implement curfews from the 22nd.
Find a balance between epidemic prevention and economic protection
Many European governments have introduced a series of prevention and control measures based on the development stage of the new crown epidemic. Compared with the outbreak of the epidemic at the beginning of this year, how to protect the economy in the prevention and control of the new crown is an important aspect currently considered by European governments.
British Prime Minister Johnson stated at an epidemic press conference in London on the 22nd that he does not believe that the nationwide “foot-free” measures from March to May should be re-implemented, and a more balanced response should be adopted, according to changes in the epidemic situation in different regions. Carry out prevention and control. He said that the current prevention and control measures in the United Kingdom have achieved certain results, and at the same time the government will introduce more financial support measures to help businesses overcome difficulties and protect employment.
The Belgian government is cautious about whether to implement a new round of epidemic blockade. According to a report published by the National Bank of Belgium, the first round of blockade implemented after March of this year caused 50 billion euros in losses to the country’s economy, equivalent to 10% of Belgium’s GDP. If a new round of blockade is implemented, the Belgian economy is expected to suffer losses of more than 20 billion euros.
French Prime Minister Jean Castel stated on the 22nd that if the French do not abide by the new crown epidemic prevention regulations, the epidemic situation will continue to worsen and will not rule out the adoption of stricter prevention and control measures. French Minister of Culture Roslina Bachelot said that the French government will provide 115 million euros in assistance to the performance industry and theaters affected by the epidemic and curfew.
Italian Prime Minister Conte stated in Parliament on the 22nd that if the epidemic becomes more serious, the local government will take more intervention and preventive measures against the epidemic in the jurisdiction.
Spain’s introduction of new epidemic prevention measures in October triggered opposition from some local companies. Carlos Avella, secretary-general of the Spanish Tourism Promotion Association, recently stated that people’s health is the first priority, and economic revitalization is equally important. “Now we need to find a balance to keep the new crown infection rate as low as possible. Restore the economy”. (Notewriter: Peng Lijun; participating reporters: Zhang Yirong, Tang Ji, Chen Chen, Zhang Jiawei, Jin Jing, Li Jie, Pan Geping, Yu Tao, Feng Junwei, Yuan Liang)