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Madrid virus lockdowns to hit over 850,000 people


Madrid virus lockdowns to hit over 850,000 people

Parts of the Spanish capital Madrid are to be subject to lockdown restrictions to curb a rise in Covid-19, as cases across Europe continue to spike. From Monday, more than 850,000 people in the Madrid region will face limits on travel and sizes of groups.

Spain has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe, and Madrid is again the worst-hit region.

Many northern hemisphere countries are now bracing for a second wave of the pandemic as winter approaches.

The World Health Organization has warned of the perils as people move indoors. "There is a lot of work to do in order to avoid amplification events, drive down transmission of this epidemic, protect the opening of schools and protect the most vulnerable in our society," Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's head of the health emergencies programme, said.

France recorded its highest number of new confirmed daily cases since the pandemic began, at 13,215 – a jump of nearly 3,000 more cases in 24 hours. They included Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who said he had tested positive but was showing no symptoms. Several cities, including Marseille and Nice, are bringing in tighter restrictions.

The U.K. recorded 4,322 new cases and 27 deaths on Friday – its highest number of cases since May 8, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned a second wave was now "inevitable". Large parts of the north of England are now subject to great lockdown measures.

Elsewhere in Europe

* Indoor restaurant dining is to be banned in the Irish capital Dublin, and all non-essential travel discouraged, after a surge in recent cases
* Denmark is lowering public gathering numbers from 100 to 50 and ordering bars and restaurants to close early
* Entertainment venues and pubs in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik have been ordered to close over the weekend
* Restrictions are to be tightened in six regions and cities in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam
* Tighter restrictions are also coming into force in the Greater Athens region of Greece

– Source: News websites

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