Coronavirus in Europe: Germany and Portugal reimpose localised restrictions

Restrictions have been reimposed in Lisbon
Restrictions have been reimposed in Lisbon Copyright AP Photo/Armando Franca
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Euronews brings you all the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic from around the world.


This article dates from Tuesday. Please click here for Wednesday's latest updates.

Tuesday's key updates:

Live updates:


Bulgaria's prime minister fined for not wearing a mask

Bulgaria's prime minister Boïko Borissov is to be fined for entering a church without a mask, according to the country's health ministry.
Under rules brought in by his own government, Borissov, his staff and some journalists will face fines of as much as €150.
The compulsory use of facemasks in public indoor spaces was reinstated in Bulgaria on Tuesday because of an increase in coronavirus cases.
Borissov has refused to wear a mask since the outbreak began. Read the full story here:

Here's what's opening in the UK on July 4

Hairdressers, pubs and restaurants are to open back up again in the UK, although swimming pools, nightclubs, bowling alleys are all to stay closed for the time being.
Social distancing rules are also to be reduced. 
Euronews reporter Victoria Smith has all the details, watch below.

France records 517 new cases of coronavirus

France recorded 517 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours and is investigating 5 new clusters, bringing the total number of clusters in the country to 89.

The country eased out of lockdown, opening bars and restaurants from early June but continues to see hundreds of new daily cases.

Italy, meanwhile, recorded 122 new cases of coronavirus.

Both countries recorded low daily death tolls: there were 26 people who died in hospitals in France in 24 hours, and 18 people died in Italy due to COVID-19.

Across Europe, countries have been easing restrictions, but some are concerned that new clusters will create a second wave of infections.

There have been clusters reported in Spain and Germany that have led to new restrictions being imposed.

'It's going to be a long haul', says England's chief medical adviser

Chris Whitty said they learn more about the virus every few weeks and hope that there will be more breakthroughs on treatments.

But they said although they hope vaccines and therapeutics come soon, there are no guarantees.

Making it a "manageable disease" would mean changes in restrictions, UK officials said.

Whitty said that through the winter and next spring he expects coronavirus to be circulating and the current situation to be in place.

US infectious disease expert Dr Fauci says 'it will be when not if' for a COVID-19 vaccine

The US government’s top infectious disease expert told Congress on Tuesday he thinks “it will be when and not if” there will be a COVID-19 vaccine.

He added that he remains “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine will be ready at the end of the year.

UK officials asked about outbreaks in meat industry in several countries

The risk that meat is a vector for transmitting the virus is very low, said Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government's chief scientific adviser. 

He said, however, that meat factories were cold and often crowded, making it easier to transmit the virus.

Very often the area of maximum risk are "common areas or social areas," said Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer.


Just 340 coronavirus patients in ventilated beds in UK hospitals

Boris Johnson is leading the UK's coronavirus briefing. There are just 340 people on ventilators in the UK down from a peak of 3,301 in April.

The average number of daily deaths this week is at 121 down from a high of 943 in mid-April.

The UK has confirmed more than 306,000 coronavirus cases and recorded nearly 43,000 deaths.

Watch the briefing here:

Germany imposes new lockdown measures in west

New lockdown measures have been imposed on a region in western Germany that has seen an outbreak of coronavirus infections, linked to a slaughterhouse.
Authorities initially said more than 1,550 people had tested positive for coronavirus at the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, but by Tuesday afternoon they said the exact number was still being verified.
The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Armin Laschet, said people in Guetersloh county for the next week will face some of the same restrictions that existed across Germany during the early stages of the pandemic in March.
These include limiting the number of people who can meet in public, and closing cinemas, gyms and bars.

Portugal reimposes restrictions in Lisbon region

Lockdown restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus have been reimposed in the Lisbon area in Portugal. 
Just as its neighbours are opening back up in the hope of saving their tourism seasons, Portugal has been forced to take a step backwards from reopening, as it currently ranks second in the EU for the most new cases in per capita, according to data collected by AFP.
Restrictions have been reimposed in the Lisbon metropolitan area, which include: the banning of consumption of alcohol in public areas, the closure of terraces or cafes at 8pm local time, and the limiting of the size of rallies.

French contact tracing app has only notified just 14 people of coronavirus contamination risk

StopCovid has only notified 14 people that they're at risk of being in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, the country's digital secretary Cédric O said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile just 68 people have used the application to date to prevent people they meet from becoming infected.

The digital secretary said the app had been downloaded 1.9 million times, but uninstalled 460,000 times.

He attributed the low numbers reported in the app to low virus figures even though France has recorded hundreds of new coronavirus cases per day.

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