Lockdown: After showing signs of abating, the novel coronavirus has shown signs of a strong comeback across countries in Europe. To attempt to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in these countries, administrations are re-imposing lockdowns and restrictions.
In places like France, Spain, and Italy, where the novel coronavirus had wreaked havoc at the beginning of the pandemic, fresh restrictions are being put in place. France has put several restrictions in place across cities. All the bars in Paris will be shut from today and stay so for the next two weeks. Marseille, another major city in France, will also have its restaurants and bars shut completely for the next two weeks. France has also restricted gatherings with only 10 people being permitted. Moreover, the country has banned parties, wedding receptions, etc., at hired places. The use of a mask or face covering has been deemed compulsory if a person is out of his or her home.
Germany has also imposed fresh restrictions, with a ban on social gatherings like sporting events, public festivals, and concerts until the end of the year. The country has also set up new rules for inbound travellers. Starting October 1st, anybody travelling to Germany from a high-risk country will need to self-isolate for 14 days. People moving without a face mask will need to pay a fine of 50 euros.
Restrictions have been re-imposed in Spain, one of the worst affected countries. The administration has restricted gatherings to not more than six people even indoors. The number of people will also be strictly limited in public places like bars and shops. Wearing a mask has been made mandatory for everyone above the age of six.
Italy was another country that was affected by the pandemic. The country has seen a closure of nightclubs and dance bars. Masks have been made mandatory for everyone moving outside. Kids aged six and above have to wear masks while attending school. Even the Netherlands saw fresh restrictions. On the 29th of September, the authorities announced that no sporting event will have spectators. Social gatherings at homes were also restricted to three people. Masks have been made compulsory at public places like restaurants and bars.
Denmark was one of the first places to reopen its schools, with schools in the area opening as early as in April. The administration, however, had to put restrictions back in place after seeing a sharp rise in cases. Again, masks have been made mandatory in public transport and gatherings have been banned. Countries like Belgium, Greece, and Portugal have also imposed similar restrictions after Europe witnesses a second-wave of infections.
India, in contrast, had imposed one of the strictest lockdowns, but that only ended up delaying the spread of the virus. India now has the second-highest number of cases in the world. Though India has been reporting the highest number of cases for a while now, the good news is that the recovery rate in the country is also the highest. While the world is still reeling under the effects of the on-going pandemic, it is difficult to decide which approach was the best in the fight against the virus.