European Cities Tighten Restrictions Amidst Covid-19 Surges

By Paul Riegler on 20 September 2020
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A visitor at a friðland, or nature reserve, in Iceland

Multiple cities in Europe have begun to tighten coronavirus-related restrictions as the British government mulls a second nationwide lockdown.

The restrictions are a result of surges in new Covid-19 cases in countries from Denmark to Greece to Iceland.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said late last week that a second wave of infections appeared to be inevitable and that the Government needed to introduce new restrictions to avoid a possible second national lockdown.

“We are now seeing a second wave coming in,” he said to reporters late last week. “It is absolutely, I’m afraid, inevitable, that we will see it in this country,” he added.

The number of new cases on the Continent has trended upward in the past two months, with France and Spain seeing the greatest number of increases.  Officials in Madrid ordered a lockdown starting last Monday in some of the city’s poorer neighborhoods as well as its outskirts, in an effort to contain the surge there.

France, which on Friday reported 13,200 new cases, the highest the country has seen since the start of the pandemic, banned gatherings of more than ten people in the city of Nice. Additional restrictions were put into place in Marseille and Bordeaux.

Health officials in Denmark reported a near record 454 new cases on Friday and the government there lowered the limit on the number of people who can gather together from 100 to 50, while ordering bars and restaurants to curtail their hours.

The Irish government put a ban into effect on indoor restaurant dining and indoor events in Dublin, while officials in Iceland ordered pubs and other entertainment venues in Reykjavik closed for four days through September 21.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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