France and Germany have introduced national lockdowns to battle renewed outbreaks of coronavirus across the continent, placing pressure on Boris Johnson to do the same in the UK.
In France a strict shutdown similar to the one imposed in the Spring has been introduced, which means that people will only be able to leave their homes for work or medical reasons. On Wednesday 244 people died from coronavirus in the country, and 36,437 new cases were recorded. The public will have to fill out a form justifying leaving their home, all socialising is banned and bars and restaurants are forced to close. President Macron said these measures were important to stop the country from being overwhelmed by a second wave which he predicts will be more severe than the first. The new lockdown will be in place until 1st December at the earliest and will be reviewed every two weeks.
Meanwhile, in Germany a softer lockdown has been imposed. All bars, restaurants, massage parlours and other close contact shops will close, however, people will still be able to leave their homes. Up to two households can mix with a maximum of ten people. In Germany, 89 people died from COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 16,774 new cases being reported. Angela Merkel is set to review the lockdown with local leaders on 11th November.
In both France and Germany schools will remain open, counter to the previous lockdowns.
The UK has adopted a regional approach, with over 8 million people in mostly the north of England in tier 3 lockdowns, which is the highest alert level. Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have also imposed their own versions of lockdowns. 24,701 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, with 310 people dying from the disease.
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