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Thursday, October 29, 2020

France and Germany are returning to lockdown restrictions as intensive care beds fill and new coronavirus infections test the countries' health-care systems. In Germany, bars, restaurants and theaters will close for four weeks, while schools will stay open.

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President Emmanuel Macron announced a second full national lockdown Wednesday evening, amid a skyrocketing second wave of coronavirus infections in France.

The lockdown will begin Friday as a last resort in the face of troubling figures, Macron said. "I have decided that we must return to confinement," Macron said. "The whole territory is concerned."

Unlike in the first lockdown, Macron said that schools will remain open, work will continue and nursing homes can be visited. But restaurants and bars will be forced to close, and full details would be announced at a news conference Thursday.

On Tuesday, France recorded 33,417 new cases, according to figures released by Sant Publique France.

According to Trump, Macron is just a surrender monkey afraid to face Covid with the machismo and inner strength that Trump did. No word yet from him on Angela Merkel, but expect a Twitter blast before the day is over.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-28 04:05 PM | Reply

Interesting to look at the daily new cases graphs.

US: www.worldometers.info

France: www.worldometers.info

Germany: www.worldometers.info

This looks so dramatic because of how effectively this was managed during the summer months in France and Germany. Look at the Y axis scales, the US has been in double their range for months and months.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-28 06:02 PM | Reply

@#2

All three on one chart.

ourworldindata.org

You can play with the date range via the slder at th bottom of the chart.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-28 06:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3

Correct link:

ourworldindata.org

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-28 06:56 PM | Reply

"Trump is handling COVID19 exactly right."

Herman Cain

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-10-29 09:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Germany climbed to 200 new cases a day and they are going to lock down?

Amazing what we've gotten used to here...we have cities with that many new cases in a day.

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-29 09:22 AM | Reply

How do they enforce it?

#7 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-10-29 09:24 AM | Reply

At the point of a gun.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-10-29 09:31 AM | Reply

Excellent. They have a serious plan to defeat the rona.
I just hope no cops get fired or sued for helping.

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-10-29 09:41 AM | Reply

Germany and France actually want to control COVID19 while Trump and DeSantis want to pretend it will just go away. We have the highest death toll in the world yet these clowns post on Trump's WH web site that they have conquered COVID19???? Crazy talk, and only crazy people would vote for lunatics that claim to have conquered this virus while record numbers of infections are occurring daily.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2020-10-29 10:04 AM | Reply

"At the point of a gun."

Actually, in those nations cops don't shoot first and think later. Unlike here.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-10-29 10:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Germany climbed to 200 new cases a day and they are going to lock down?
Amazing what we've gotten used to here...we have cities with that many new cases in a day.

#6 | Posted by eberly

Nooooo Try 15k new cases a day. 200 Deaths per day. Deaths trail infection rates.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-29 10:50 AM | Reply

Look how it soared from almost none to thousands. Complacency. That's a human trait. People in Europe are just as anti-lockdown and social distancing as here at this time. They were slower to do it but they became complacent as well.

The only places that seem to be winning the fight are in Asia and Island nations like New Zealand and Australia. They are just keeping foreigners out.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-29 10:53 AM | Reply

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

Don't worry the police won't be shooting unarmed people, choking them to death, leaving them to suffocate while bound or refusing to get them medical assistance and leaving them to instead die to enforce the lockdown. The ones that get political will get bounced though.

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-29 10:57 AM | Reply

I'm sure some of the more successful countries have ways to enforce the lockdowns.
People here get in fistfights over a mask. If the cops tried to enforce it, and ONE person fought, all hell would break loose.

#15 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-10-29 11:01 AM | Reply

How is keeping schools and workplaces open locking down? Seems like this measure will fail to me. Locking down means a HARD lockdown. Schools,Gyms, most non-essential workplaces. The Chinese get it. They lock EVERYTHING down and test everyone and trace infections.

Europe and the US don't seem to really want to do what's nescessary to stop the spread.

Half measures won't cut it.

Time will tell.

#16 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-10-29 11:07 AM | Reply

Half measures?

These red state morons won't even do the least little thing.

North Dakota which is out of control with COVID wants to spend their COVID aid on fracking.

#17 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-10-29 11:25 AM | Reply

"How is keeping schools and workplaces open locking down?"

I agree. I don't know if it's going to work or not but calling it a lockdown is a bit extreme if you're going to keep those places going.

#18 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-29 11:26 AM | Reply

"North Dakota which is out of control with COVID wants to spend their COVID aid on fracking."

7% of it, yes.

#19 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-29 11:30 AM | Reply

"How is keeping schools and workplaces open locking down? Seems like this measure will fail to me."

Not necessarily true. (See Australia)

If done correctly and safely schools can open. The schools can teach the rest of us how to behave. By teaching the children. But it requires funding. And actual federal leadership.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-29 11:35 AM | Reply

The COVID mortality rate in the US is 560% higher than that in Germany, yet Germany shows national leadership on the issue when they even get a whiff of another wave.

America is a worldwide embarrassment. Thanks, Republicans.

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2020-10-29 11:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm sure some of the more successful countries have ways to enforce the lockdowns.
People here get in fistfights over a mask. If the cops tried to enforce it, and ONE person fought, all hell would break loose.

#15 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

People in other countries have a sense of social responsibility.

It's not considered "tyranny" by most of the world to have expectations of being a thoughtful, considerate neighbor.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-29 12:06 PM | Reply

Americans are --------. Simple pimple. It's all about Meeeeeee. I'm special,and more important than anyone else. I can't be inconvenienced by wearing a mask,even if it means others Die.

American "society" is a sad and hopeless collection of rugged "individuals" with no sense of even the most basic common good.

Trump is our Avatar.

#23 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-10-29 12:26 PM | Reply

Germany is going into lockdown for 30 days.

I guess the expectation is that COVID will be gone by then?

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-30 02:02 AM | Reply

"The COVID mortality rate in the US is 560% higher than that in Germany, yet Germany shows national leadership on the issue when they even get a whiff of another wave."

What in the actual ---- are you talking about?

The mortality rate in the US is 2.6%

The mortality rate in Germany is 2.1%

Math much?

#25 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-30 02:06 AM | Reply

"It's not considered "tyranny" by most of the world to have expectations of being a thoughtful, considerate neighbor."

If wearing a mask is considered being a thoughtful, considerate neighbor, then yes.

Sacrificing your business or standard of living...that has yet to be seen.

Europe is heavily financed by tourist dollars any time of year, but we're moving into Weinachtsmarkt season. These are huge in Europe. The vendors who support them have already lost out on spring and fall festival revenues.

My neighbor is a Bundespolizei officer. He told me yesterday he's going on a "mission" this weekend. That means there is a large protest occurring somewhere.

#26 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-30 02:13 AM | Reply

So Liberals LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to use the Godwin Law on Trump but when Germany actually does something that is proven beyond any doubt that Hitler did, like taking away freedoms, Libs are fine with it???????? JC, you guys are even worse than one could possibly imagine hypocrisy could ever get.

#27 | Posted by humtake at 2020-10-30 12:12 PM | Reply

This site needs a "you need professional help" flag.

#28 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-10-30 01:41 PM | Reply

Damn. I guess France is out for an escape route for now.

But, I hear French Polynesia is still taking in America expats.

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-30 02:02 PM | Reply

"But, I hear French Polynesia is still taking in America expats."

Really?

Do you have some skillset that is rare enough to make you a valued addition to the country?

#30 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-31 11:52 AM | Reply

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