Europe tightens virus curbs as global cases top 40 million

DUBLIN (HRNW) – A number of European countries took urgent new measures on Monday to combat a second wave of coronavirus infections, as the World Health Organization blamed the surge in worldwide cases — now more than 40 million — on countries failure to quarantine infected people properly.

Ireland and Wales became the first EU countries to re-enter lockdown as the number of people who have died from Covid-19 in Europe passed 250,000.

Irish prime minister Micheal Martin issued a nationwide “stay at home” order from midnight Wednesday, with all non-essential retail businesses to close and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway service only, although schools will remain open.

Wales also announced “firebreak” confinement measures for two weeks, ordering the territory s three million residents to stay at home except for very limited purposes such as exercise or work, and banning people from mixing indoors or outdoors.


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