UK, EUROPE TIGHTEN RESTRICTIONS
Updated: Dec 2, 2020
After weeks of resisting calls for a lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is shutting pubs, restaurants and most retail stores in England, starting on Thursday until Dec. 2. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland had already put in place such restrictions, the New York Times reported.
The British prime minister announced the sweeping measures on Saturday, effectively establishing a national lockdown as Europe battles a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Greece and Austria also tightened measures, joining France, Germany, Belgium and Ireland in shutting down large parts of their economies to try to keep their hospitals from being overwhelmed. Italy, which is preparing for lockdowns in the most infected regions, has become emblematic of a despair, exhaustion and fear that is spreading throughout the Continent.
Infections are also rising in several of Russia’s far-flung regions, overwhelming hospitals and morgues.
Britain has crossed the one million mark for total cases, according to a New York Times database, and its death toll from the virus is 58,925, one of the highest in Europe.