Curfews and lockdowns as shaken Europe overtakes U.S. in virus surge

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      PARIS/PRAGUE (Reuters) – France imposed curfews while other European nations are closing schools, cancelling surgeries and enlisting student medics as overwhelmed authorities face the nightmare scenario of a COVID-19 resurgence at the onset of winter.

      With new cases hitting about 100,000 daily, Europe has by a wide margin overtaken the United States, where more than 51,000 COVID-19 infections are reported on average every day.

      And with cases in France climbing fast, President Emmanuel Macron announced night curfews for four weeks from Saturday in Paris and other major cities, affecting almost one third of the country’s 67 million population.

      “We have to react,” Macron said in an interview on national television. He said France had not lost control of the virus, but added: “We are in a worrying situation.”

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    • #368316
      Gryneos
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      only for protests of police brutality versus the one thing about which we should use them, because “muh Liberty!!1”

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    • #368325
      sadoldgirl
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      If this is the second wave, we should see it here next

      months. Already here in CO we have climbed back up to

      the March time infection level.

    • #368332
      Fasttense
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      I swear I read a very similar story last month. So were they right last month or are they right now?

       

    • #368336
      GZeusH
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      Include passing out vitamin D?  Making sure that people have the necessary vitamin levels to successfully fight off the virus if they contract it?

       

      (I didn’t think so.)

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      doh1304
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      First the cynical – Is this the real surge or just the third or fourth or fifth ratings grab?

      The serious – has the death rate followed? There is an extremely unreliable report that it hasn’t, and that Sweden has conspicuously failed to have its surge.

    • #368812
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      @doh1304 The global death rate has been declining; it’s been less than 1% for a few weeks. I don’t think we know yet whether it’s going to keep declining, or flatten out, or increase.

      It’s also possible that it will increase in the United States, but not in the rest of the advanced countries, for only America will allow tens of millions of its citizens to be evicted. Those who can double up with friends or relatives will. Increase crowding, increase infection rate, have no quality health care immediately available without forcing a bankruptcy filing, high unemployment so people stay home in crowded conditions indoors in the winter…

      Reminds me of Dr. Zhivago.

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      And i suspect the people who can’t get enough Jesus will attend services no matter the what the risk is, may be a contributing factor. Drove by a church today and the parking lot was full. Boggles my mind why they want to risk their health or life.

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    • #370127
      Fasttense
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      A popular Mayor and several school board officials have died from COVID here. They opened the schools and government offices of course. Several regular parishioners at the local church have died. The churches have always been open here. And 2 GOP friends, who I never discuss politics with, have passed away. The RepubliCON party had several potlucks to raise money for a local candidate. I guess they didn’t get the baby juice or other cure Trump and Christie got.

      Yet, despite all these deaths in our small rural population, people are still not wearing their masks or staying home. All the free hand wash stands at stores have gone and occupation restrictions for buildings has stopped. It’s back to business as usual here.

      Well, not really. People aren’t buying and shopping like they use to and even bars and restaurants are not as packed as before. It’s not COVID that is slowing down the economy, it’s the high unemployment that’s doing that.

      When I first went to check out the lines for early voting on Wednesday, half the people were not wearing masks or were wearing them on their chins and under their noses. Then on Friday afternoon when the line was down to only 1 block, the cops were doing a drive-by every 15 minutes and everyone had their masks on and were wearing them properly. I bet the poll workers complained.

      I’m not sure the US will even notice a surge because we never really got our numbers down since July, at least not here. It’s even worse then in 1918 because at least they seemed to have waves, numbers dropping then going back up. We just have numbers that keep going up.

       

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