Madrid Desk, Nov 5 (efe-epa).- With the exception of Belgium, which has registered a moderate fall in its coronavirus infection rate, most countries in western Europe are expanding restrictions amid consistent record breaking daily caseloads.
In England, a second nationwide lockdown took effect Thursday and Greek authorities announced a partial lockdown starting Friday, while the mayor of Paris announced more restrictions, including earlier closures of bars and restaurants.
A second lockdown took effect on Thursday in England, initially due to last until December 2.
The government of prime minister Boris Johnson hopes that the measures, which will be less severe than those seen in the first wave of the pandemic, will help reduce infection rates ahead of the busy Christmas period.
According to the latest official figures, the country totaled 492 deaths, the highest daily figure since last May 19th — when 500 were reported — and now totals 47,742 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
In addition, 25,177 new infections have been detected, bringing the number of infected to 1,099,059 since the beginning of the pandemic.
In France, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced Thursday that more restrictions would be imposed with the closure of certain bars, restaurants and other businesses at 10 pm, because of the excessive concentration of people.
All non-essential local establishments are closed in France under partial lockdown rules that have been in force since last Friday, but are authorized to operate in take-away services.