Europe fears second COVID19 wave
Europe on Wednesday tightened virus restrictions as fears of a second wave of infections spurred by the holiday season grew with the worldwide death toll crossing 700,000.
Greece announced a “wake-up week,” tightening restrictions after domestic infections saw over 380 new cases in August.
New York announced it was setting up checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure travellers comply with the state’s quarantine requirements.
A total of 701,559 deaths have been recorded so far around the world, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources AT 1600 GMT.
Scotland reimposed restrictions in and around the city of Aberdeen, after a cluster of cases was identified there.
Toulouse in southwest France made the wearing of face masks compulsory in the busiest streets and squares from Wednesday. Paris and other cities are expected to follow suit soon, authorities said.
Germany put Belgium’s Antwerp province on its list of coronavirus risk zones, requiring travellers arriving from the region to go into quarantine for 14 days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test.
Switzerland added mainland Spain to a quarantine list of 46 countries as well as Singapore and Romania.
In the Netherlands, similar mask-wearing measures came into force Wednesday in Rotterdam and in some busy neighbourhoods of Amsterdam, including its famous red-light district.