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National isolation in Germany, Merkel gives strong warning: Winter will be difficult, but ...

National isolation in Germany, Merkel gives strong warning: Winter will be

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned of a long and difficult winter, while defending the decision to return to national isolation, albeit easier than the spring one.

"Winter will be difficult. We have a long and difficult month ahead, but everything will pass. "We have already seen in the last eight months that we can learn together and help each other," Merkel said.

German health officials said Thursday that 89 people had died in the past 24 hours and a record 16,774 infections had been recorded. The new measures in Germany, which take effect on Monday, are not as widespread as those in France, but nevertheless include the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters. France turns isolation from Friday, with people having to stay home, excluding those who have necessary jobs or have to go out for medical reasons. The UK reported 24,701 cases on Wednesday and 310 new victims.

A new study there shows that nearly 100,000 people are being affected by the virus every day, increasing pressure on the government to change its policy. Poland reported record figures on Thursday, over 20,000 cases and 301 victims. Italy has taken restrictive measures that will be in force for a month, while on Thursday it reported 26831 new cases and 217 victims. Spain has launched a nationwide traffic ban, while the Czech Republic continues to lead in terms of infection rate on the continent.

Belgium, the second in Europe with the highest rate of infections per capita, has hospitals full of patients. While the Republic of Ireland entered a second national isolation earlier this month for six weeks. The situation is alarming in Greece, where Prime Minister Micotaqis has announced new measures. From today diota, Thessaloniki and other cities enter the red zone, with high risk, being placed in quarantine. In Thessaloniki, rapid covid tests are done for free while about 400 new cases are reported there every day. According to forecasts, the country is only 2 to 3 weeks behind other European countries.