As Europe fights a winter surge, particularly a more contagious new strain, millions of citizens in England and Italy will celebrate Christmas under stringent new coronavirus regulations.
Europe is the biggest region to be affected by the pandemic with a reach of 500,000 COVID-19 fatalities, killing more than 1.6 million worldwide and pushing the global economy into chaos.
The time when the citizens of England were looking forward to a five-day relaxation for the Christmas celebrations. Borris Johnson, the Prime Minister of England announced a new “stay at home” for the residents reading in Southeast England and London. The metropolitan areas of the city are supposed to include a third of the country’s population.
The measure is announced by the PM after seeing the second wave of virus that is “up to 70 percent more transmissible.”
He addressed the nation on Saturday and told, “It is with a very heavy heart I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned.”
“Alas when the facts change, you have to change your approach.”
The earlier regulations that allowed the mixing of up to three families have been changed by the Prime Minister and he made the amendments stating that until December 30, communities residing in the prone areas will have to observe a complete lock-down.
Moreover, Italy has also announced a new set of restrictions for its citizens during the celebrations of Christmas. The policy will include a ban until January 6, 2021. The prohibitions will also limit the people leaving their homes more than once a day, the closure of non-essential stores, bars, and restaurants, and national travel bans.
The 33-year-old lawyer Claudia Patrone stated It’s right that they prohibit departures after 20 December if it means traveling in safety.”
“I took the test before leaving, I stayed locked in my house, I didn’t see anyone. The measure is right if everyone respects the rules and guarantees safety.”