Protests held in Madrid as in­fec­tion rate across Europe con­tin­ues to grow

The Scots­man, Great Bri­tain (United King­dom), 21 Septem­ber 2020,­­ti­cle/2817197970­13337

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Spa­niards have been protest­ing in Madrid against the han­dling of the pan­demic by the city’s re­gional head, who has placed new restrictio­ns on neigh­bor­hoods with the high­est con­ta­gion rates.

Wear­ing face mask sand try­ing to main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing, protest ors yes­ter­day clapped in uni­son while shout­ing for re­gional Pres­i­dent Is­abel Diaz Ayuso to step down.

New restrictio­ns af­fect around 860,000 peo­ple who won’t be able to leave their neigh­bour hoods ex­cept for work, study or a med­i­cal ap­point­ment. Parks in the area are closed and shops and restau­rants have to limit oc­cu­pancy to 50 per cent.

Spain is strug­gling to con­tain a se­cond wave of the virus, and Madrid’s rate of trans­mis­sion is more than dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age.

Italy re­ported an­other 1,638 new cases of the virus and 24 deaths.

Po­lice in Paris warned that there will be no more tol­er­ance for bars and restau­rants where rules to counter the virus aren’t re­spected af­ter nearly 13,500 new in­fec­tions in 24 hours were re­ported across France on Satur­day.

In­dia has reg­is­tered 92,605 new cases in the past 24 hours and is ex­pected to sur­pass the United States as the worsthit coun­try within weeks. It also re­ported 1,133 ad­di­tional deaths yes­ter­day, for a to­tal of 86,752.

The US, mean­while, is ap­proach­ing 200,000 of­fi­cial deaths from the pan­demic, as the virus con­tin­ues to spread.

How­ever, Aus­tralia’ s sec­ond­largest city, Mel­bourne, has moved close to eas­ing se­vere restrictio­ns af­ter record­ing only 14 new cases yes­ter­day.

South Korea’s new tally has fallen be­low 100 for the first time in more than a month. Health of­fi­cials say the down­ward trend is a re­sult of strin­gent so­cial dis­tanc­ing rules im­posed on the densely pop­u­lated Seoul metropoli­tan area.

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