Millions Face French Curfew

German Court Overturns Night Time Curbs

Paris, Oct 16 (AFP/APP): Paris and other French cities readied for their last night out Friday before the start of a stringent anti-virus curfew, in contrast to neighbouring Germany where a Berlin court overturned nighttime restrictions.

Across Europe, governments were frantically trying to ease an alarming second wave of coronavirus cases while avoiding a full-on national lockdown that would batter their struggling economies still further. Millions in England including London were just hours away from stricter restrictions, including a ban on household gathering, while clubs and restaurants closed in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia. In Greece, the densely populated northern area of Kozani went into a new lockdown.

In the medical world, hopes for one of the most promising COVID19 treatments, the antiviral drug remdesivir, were dashed when a study backed by the World Health Organization found it does little to prevent deaths from the disease. The epidemic also further disrupted the corridors of power, with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin the latest politician forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID19.

But among the gloomy news in an epidemic that has killed close to 1.1 million worldwide and infected nearly 39 million, some rays of light emerged for nature- and sport-lovers. Rare pink dolphins were found to be returning to the waters between Hong Kong and Macau after the pandemic halted ferries, while Wimbledon organisers said the Grand Slam tournament would go ahead next year, even if behind closed doors.

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