Countries reintroduce restrictions as COVID-19 cases increase

Countries reintroduce restrictions as COVID-19 cases increase
While many countries are gradually lifting restrictions, the number of COVID-19 cases keeps growing in the world. According to Johns Hopkins University, over 16 million people are infected with coronavirus globally.
The Top 10 countries with the biggest number of COVID-19 cases are:
The United States – 4,234,020 cases, 146,935 deaths,
Brazil – 2,419,091 cases, 87,004 deaths,
India – 1,435,616 cases, 32,771 deaths,
Russia – 811,073 cases, 13,249 deaths,
South Africa – 445,433 cases, 6,769 deaths,
Mexico – 390,516 cases, 43,680 deaths,
Peru – 375,961 cases, 17,843 deaths,
Chile – 345,790 cases, 9,112 deaths,
The United Kingdom – 301,020 cases, 45,837 deaths,
Iran – 291,172 cases, 15,700 deaths.

Spain reintroduced restrictions due to the increase of coronavirus cases, because the country’s authorities fear the second wave of the epidemic. Last Friday, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa reported that more than 900 people caught the infection in Barcelona in the last day. Catalonian authorities made a decision to suspend the work of all nightclubs in the region, being sure that most of the infected are farm workers and visitors to nightclubs. A lot of people also become infected during meetings with friends and family.

Madrid can impose restrictions in the coming days as well. The Spanish capital’s authorities asked residents to keep wearing masks not only indoors, but also at home, when they meet guests, neighbors or couriers. The city residents were warned that the number of visitors to bars and restaurants will be limited soon. A municipality of Totana in the region of Murcia, Spain, is under lockdown after 55 people got infected, who presumably have visited the same bar.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced an introduction of mandatory coronavirus testing for people coming to France from the U.S., Brazil, Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, India, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Turkey and Madagascar. Tourists from these countries cannot enter France. The French PM explained that only citizens of France who returned from these countries as well as citizens of these countries who are permanent residents of France will be tested. Patients who are tested positive will have to stay in a two-week quarantine. Such a decision was made amidst the increase of the infection cases in France. The country’s Health Ministry reported that 1,000 cases are registered every 24 hours in recent days. Also, French authorities recommended that citizens should avoid travelling to Catalonia.

113 more cases were registered in South Korea in the past day, which is the highest figure of COVID-19 spread over the last three months. At least 23 crew members of a Russian fishing vessel stationed in the port of Busan have tested positive for COVID-19. 293 Korean workers have recently returned to the country from Iraq. Many of them were infected with coronavirus.

Indoor swimming pools, fitness clubs and other sports facilities are opening in the UK since Saturday. About a third of gyms will not be able to resume work due to financial losses of the forced downtime. However, the opening sports facilities will have to observe with strict sanitary rules: the number of visitors in the hall will be limited, all visitors and employees will have to maintain a social distance. The clubs will have to provide ventilation. Outdoor sports facilities have been operating in the UK from July 4.

Gyms have already opened in Northern Ireland, while those in Wales and Scotland are still closed. British authorities have once again reminded the residents of the country that being overweight significantly increases the risk of a severe course of COVID-19. British experts said that the risk of death from coronavirus is at least twice as high for patients with significant excess weight than for slender people.