• Thursday, Jan 21, 2021
  • Last Update : 08:16 pm

Italy agrees curfew as Europe tries to stem Covid-19 surge

  • Published at 08:07 pm November 4th, 2020
Italy Covid-19
File photo: Italian restaurant and bar workers gather, in Piazza del Popolo to protest against the government's Covid-19 rules that they have to close everyday by 6 pm, in Rome on November 2, 2020 Reuters

The virus has claimed more than 1.2 million lives worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year

Italian officials agreed on Wednesday to impose a night-time curfew, joining a slew of European nations in ramping up restrictions in the face of a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. 

But the measure, which restricts Italians to their homes between 10:00pm (local time) and 5:00am, fell short of the kind of rules in force in countries including France, Belgium and Germany. 

Governments in Europe are struggling to get a hold of a pandemic that has now infected more than 11 million on the continent.

On Wednesday, Russia announce a daily record for cases and deaths, upping pressure on the government only days after President Vladimir Putin said there were no plans for a lockdown.

The United States remains the worst-affected country with more than 9.6 million cases and 238,000 deaths. 

President Donald Trump, who has suffered from the virus, faced off with Joe Biden in a long-awaited election on Tuesday, with tens of millions of mask-wearing Americans streaming to the polls. 

The virus has transformed the election, with many millions avoiding the queues and the risk of infection by returning postal votes before election day. 

Trump's handling of the virus has also been under the microscope. 

With results from crucial battleground states not yet returned, the election was on a knife-edge yesterday with neither candidate taking a decisive lead.

The virus has claimed at least 1,222,683 lives worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally yesterday at 1100 GMT based on official sources. More than 47,982,409 cases have been registered across the globe.

'Final straw' for pubs

From Britain to Turkey, European countries have reimposed strict curbs this week, echoing their moves in spring when the virus first hit Europe following its emergence in China. 

Many businesses are still struggling to recover from the damage of those earlier lockdowns –- particularly in the travel sector. 

The Netherlands said on Wednesday it had agreed to inject $3.9-billion into its national airline KLM after a row with pilots was resolved. 

Although many of the measures imposed this week are not as draconian as those earlier lockdowns, they have been resisted by many business-owners, politicians particularly from the right, and large sections of the population. 

"Make no mistake, this could be the final straw for thousands of pubs and brewers," said Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Association, with English pubs ordered to close for a month from Wednesday night. 

In Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has struggled to build a coalition backing more stringent measures after sporadic protests broke out over an earlier decision to shut bars and restaurants early. 

However, the curfew mixed with other restrictions such as the closure of shopping centres on weekends appeared to have struck the right compromise for regional leaders. 

52
Facebook 51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail