Fresh restrictions as Europe struggles to contain rising infections

Madrid Desk, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- Fresh restrictions were imposed on Friday in several European countries as they tried to get a grip on rising rates of coronavirus infections.

Spain closed its nightclubs and banned smoking in public, Germany, Greece and Ukraine reported significant infection spikes while the United Kingdom and France imposed fresh travel restrictions.

SPAINThe Spanish government announced the closure of nightclubs and banned smoking in public when a two-meter distance cannot be maintained.

Premises will have to close by 1am and must stop admitting new customers at midnight under the new rules.

Health minister Salvador Illa said on Friday during a press conference: “We’re decreeing the closure of discos, nightclubs, dance clubs and cocktail bars with or without live musical events in the entire Spanish territory.”

He added: “It is prohibited to smoke in public spaces or open-air areas when a minimum personal space of two meters can’t be respected. This applies to any tobacco device, not just cigarettes.”

Spain has one of the worst rates of infection in Europe and more than 337,300 confirmed cases and 28,600 deaths have been reported.

GERMANYHealth authorities reported 1,449 infections in the last 24 hours, the highest level in 105 days amid an upward trend of contagion in recent weeks.

It was the biggest number of daily cases since 1 May when 1,639 were recorded but still far below the 6,000 cases recorded at the beginning of April.

More than 221,400 infections and 9,225 deaths have been logged in the country since the start of the pandemic.

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