pandemic is accelerating around the world, preventive measures are increasing

During the summer, several outbreaks of Covid-19 contamination occurred in Europe and the rest of the world. Several countries are even embarking on a second targeted containment in cities or risk areas.

Outbreaks of contamination have been observed in several countries around the world during this summer holiday period. Particularly affected, Europe is increasing preventive measures – mandatory use of masks, containment, quarantine – in the hope of containing the Covid-19 epidemic. On Wednesday, August 5, the virus crossed the bar with 700,000 deaths worldwide.

  • In France, the mask is mandatory outdoors in some regions

Nervousness seems to get the French government, while the scientific body that governs it considers “very likely that a second epidemic wave will be observed in autumn or winter”. “The virus is circulating in a more active way, with an accentuated loss of distance and barrier measures: the balance is fragile and we can switch at any time in a less controlled scenario such as in Spain,” the Scientific Council warned on Tuesday.

Result: the mask has become mandatory even outdoors in the liveliest areas of Toulouse, Tours and Blois. It will soon be the same in Paris and other cities.

>> To read also:What are the cities in France where the mask is mandatory outdoors?

  • The obligatory mask outdoors in the tourist areas of the Netherlands

Wearing a mask has also become mandatory on Wednesday in Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District and Rotterdam’s shopping district. But many passers-by were not masked, the police were content at the moment with warnings.

“Unfortunately, it fits in a bit with the city’s culture,” said a Red Light District resident, who asked not to be identified. “Everything is possible here and nothing is really ever introduced.”

  • In Scotland, bars and pubs in the city of Aberdeen closed

In Scotland, residents of Aberdeen, in the north-east of the island, will experience restraint, especially with a restriction on the journey to 8 kilometers from home and the closure of pubs and restaurants at 17.00.

“We are at a stage in this pandemic, where extreme caution is necessary […] “Said Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The city of Aberdeen has registered 54 new cases of pollution in recent days and across Scotland, 64 new ones have been registered within 24 hours.


  • The last of the closing in Ireland

Bad news for the Irish: the government has decided to postpone the final phase of its deconfinance, which includes the reopening of all pubs. Ireland has also decided to make it mandatory to wear masks in shops and malls from 10 August.

  • The Belgian province of Antwerp classified as at risk by Germany

On Wednesday, Berlin classified the Belgian province of Antwerp, particularly affected by Covid-19, as a risk zone, which means a mandatory quarantine for all future travelers, unless they present a negative test.

Belgium has been on the rise for several weeks in cases of the new coronavirus, forcing authorities to step up measures to combat the epidemic, especially in the province of Antwerp, where a curfew was imposed at the end of July. Its residents are therefore encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and the authorities have advised visitors not to go there.

The mask has become mandatory again in public spaces for those over 12 years old and in places where the physical distance of 1.5 meters can not be guaranteed. Contact sports are also prohibited.

  • Six-week re-inclusion in Melbourne, Australia

“We flattened the curve for the first time, we will flatten it again,” said Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt. Melbourne, Australia’s second city, began a new six-week shutdown on Thursday, as authorities face a second wave of the epidemic. Shops were closed and the streets abandoned in the capital of the state of Victoria, which has a population of almost 5 million.

Since the epidemic began, Australia has registered nearly 20,000 cases of pollution and 255 deaths linked to Covid-19, which is lower than in many other developed countries.

The state of Victoria currently has the highest number of pollutants in the country with more than 13,000 identified cases. In the last 24 hours, the region has registered 471 new cases and eight deaths.

  • In the Philippines, a quarter of the population was rebuilt

More than 27 million people in Manila and four neighboring provinces, or about a quarter of the archipelago’s population, were restored on Tuesday with less than 24 hours’ notice. The outlook for the archipelago is bleak: the official number of cases that have passed the 115,000 mark this week, a figure that has doubled since the first restrictions eased in June.

However, President Rodrigo Duterte, who reluctantly introduced this re-inclusion, warned that his country could not remain closed forever. “The problem is that we have no more money. I can no longer give food and money to people,” he explained on Sunday night.

With AFP