Published on : Thursday, November 5, 2020
On Tuesday, Europe passed a very serious milestone after reporting over 11 million cases of coronavirus, with the latest additions of Austria and Greece on the continent to inflict shutdowns.
Struggling from a deadly spree in the streets of Vienna on Monday evening, Austria declared partial lockdown as Greece shuts down few of its important cities.
Ultimately, these two nations joined Belgium, France, Germany and Ireland in re-imposing stringent restrictions on the lives of the people just like last spring as the virus that had first emerged in China at the end of 2019 shows no subsiding signs.
Now, Europe has 11,008,465 registered infection cases and almost 285,000 deaths, as per an AFP tally of official sources on Tuesday.
The new steps that are set to affect England this week have caused immense frustration as experts are of the opinion that Europe has risks being hit with further waves in 2021, if effective vaccine is not launched anytime soon.
Underlining the destructive effects of lockdowns on the economy and livelihoods, Spain, where tourism accounts 13 percent of employment have explained that the number of foreign visitors have dropped by 75 percent in the first nine months of 2020. Countries are desperately looking for alternatives to lockdowns because of this. The British government has come up with an idea to roll out coronavirus tests for everyone, 500,000-strong city of Liverpool in a pilot scheme that could be scaled up countrywide.
“Dependent on their success in Liverpool, we will aim to distribute millions of these new rapid tests between now and Christmas and empower local communities to use them to drive down transmission in their areas,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.