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Wales is considering a short "fire-break" lockdown

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Wales could be placed under a short "fire-break" lockdown as officials try to curb a sharp rise in cases.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the British capital would move from the Tier 1 "medium" alert to Tier 2 "high" alert level on Saturday, urging London residents to support government efforts to suppress the spread of the virus.

Pubs and restaurants already had a 10 p. m. curfew under Tier 1, but the new rules mean Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors in any setting.

The restrictions come as France reported a record 30,621 new daily Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also said a 12,000-strong police force will enforce the curfew and people breaking the curfew will be fined up to 3,750 euros.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that people will be allowed to walk their pets after 9 p. m. On Friday morning, Castex tweeted: “The number of confirmed cases had increased by 53% in just a week – this demanded a strong response from the state and local authorities. ”

Lancashire, in northwest England, will be placed under stringent restrictions after moving to the country's highest Covid-19 alert level.

Poland has suffered its highest daily Covid-19 death count, reporting 132 fatalities on Friday.

On Friday it also reported 7,705 new cases of the virus, the second-highest daily case count after Thursday’s record of 8,099 cases.

The rise in new Covid-19 cases in Europe is far higher than the rise in the US, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The surge in the five worst-affected European nations was nearly 42% higher than the increase in the US in the week from October 6 to 13, according to JHU's seven-day moving average of new cases.

In the five worst-hit European countries -- France, the UK, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands -- the total daily average of new cases stood at 70,158 on the same day.

Poland reported 8,099 new cases on Thursday -- a 24% increase on the previous day's tally, itself a record.

The higher coronavirus death rate for ethnic minority groups in England and Wales could be due to socio-economic factors, according to the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS. )

"It also found that although specific pre-existing conditions place people at greater risk of Covid-19 mortality generally, it does not explain the remaining ethnic background differences in mortality. ”

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