The number of corona infections in the Netherlands is increasing rapidly. This week, the cabinet announced new and stricter measures. The second wave is also underway in large parts of Europe, such as in Spain and the United Kingdom. Correspondents explain what is going on with them. And what do the newspapers actually write there?
Merkel warns Germany against disaster – Bild, Germany
The number of infections is increasing in Germany. On average, five people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected last week. The measures differ per federal state, but a lower limit for the rules is set nationally. “Yesterday, the government and the prime ministers of the sixteen federal states agreed to intervene earlier,” says correspondent Judith van de Hulsbeek. “At first, the limit for new measures was 50 new infections per week per 100,000 inhabitants. That number has been reduced to 35, in order to be able to better anticipate the infections.”
The new measures mean, among other things, that the catering industry must close earlier in some places and that fewer people can come together. The duty to mask masks will also be further expanded in certain federal states. However, the same rules apply everywhere in Germany regarding keeping distance and hygiene.
“The Netherlands is seen here as a kind of horror scenario, just like the Czech Republic. They actually say: if you don’t intervene, we will become like them”, says Van de Hulsbeek. “Previously, the infections could be contained, partly because the contact investigation is in order in many places. But Merkel also says: let’s not pat ourselves on the chest, because the number of infections is increasing and we are also in control of the infection in some places. infection chains already lost. “
Catalonia closes catering for 15 days to end social life – El Pais, Spain
“Entire cities in Spain are closed off,” says correspondent Rop Zoutberg. “It is not a lockdown, but you cannot get out of Madrid, for example. The government wants to limit people’s movements. Small villages outside the city are also closed because of the many infections.”
In recent days, many new infections were added. “It is a rollercoaster that goes up and down. Yesterday there were almost 12,000 new infections and more than 200 deaths in one day. That frightens the Spaniards. It is still not the numbers of the spring, but crazy numbers. We know that the burden on healthcare is high “, says Zoutberg. In Spain last week, about 22 people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected with the corona virus.
Mouth masks are mandatory everywhere in Spain. “Outside on the street, in shops, in public transport. In general, the rule is well followed and there is little resistance. There are problems here and there because of people who organize parties and do not wear face masks. But if you looking at a population of 48 million, it’s not too bad. “
The map below shows that there are relatively many infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the Netherlands:
Record number of infections, Christmas in danger – La Repubblica, Italy
“In Italy there are about as many new infections every day as in the Netherlands,” says correspondent Mustafa Marghadi. “But there are 3.5 times fewer people living in the Netherlands. The new measures are comparable to those in the Netherlands, but are taken at an earlier stage. This will limit the growth in the number of infections. Much more testing is also taking place here. ” Per 100,000 residents in Italy, an average of eight people tested positive.
Unlike in the Netherlands, bars and restaurants are still open, although some have to close earlier in the evening. Recently Italians have to wear a mouth mask everywhere, including on the street. “The rules are well observed. Everyone in Rome wears a mask.”
However, many Italians are afraid that there will be another lockdown, for example in December. “Everyone is talking about that. Nobody wants that. With that fear image in mind, I have the feeling that everyone is following the rules.”
Macron: “Everyone has to help” – Le Parisien, France
French President Macron gave a television speech last night. He said that an average of 20,000 infections and 200 ICU admissions are added every day in France. The latest figures show that per 100,000 inhabitants of France, an average of 26 people test positive, says correspondent Frank Renout. “Macron thinks measures are necessary. A curfew has been imposed in nine large urban areas, where almost a third of the French population lives.”
In France cafés have been closed for some time, restaurants are still open. “But they are now also afraid that they will no longer have customers or will have to close them. It is striking that travel will continue to be possible. During the lockdown in the spring there was a travel ban, but travel is allowed this coming autumn holiday,” says Renout. The masking obligation applies in public indoor spaces, but also at work and in schools. “In many cities it is also mandatory on the street, for example in Paris.”
According to Renout, the rules are well followed. “Many French support the measures, there is broad support for the policy – including for the curfew that starts on Saturday.”
Proof that lockdown is tearing the heart out of Britain – The Daily Mail, UK
“In Great Britain it took a while for the second wave to erupt,” says correspondent Tim de Wit. “In the past two weeks, the number of infections has exploded again and we are again one of the front runners in Europe. But it is not yet like the Netherlands.” Last week, an average of 22 people per 100,000 inhabitants tested positive for the corona virus.
Prime Minister Johnson introduced a traffic light system this week that works with three levels. The strictest measures apply to the highest level. “At the moment, Liverpool is the hotspot of Great Britain, they are already at the highest level of the traffic light. Pubs, cinemas and gyms are closed there and unnecessary trips outside the city are not allowed,” said De Wit. Healthcare is under pressure there. “95 percent of the ic beds are occupied, which is quite wrong.”
Things are also going in the wrong direction in London. “The mayor has announced new measures. You are no longer allowed to visit each other. That is a strong measure to reduce social contacts.” The hospitality industry in London is still open, but has to close at 10 p.m. Face masks are mandatory in public transport, indoor areas and restaurants. “A lot of people wear them, especially because there are heavy fines if you don’t. The fine starts at 200 pounds, but doubles if you get it more often.”