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They march in Europe for anticovid measures; second wave


In Portugal, dozens of protesters gathered to reject the closure of restaurants and small businesses.

PARIS.

Citizens of Europe gathered to reject the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic over the weekend.

In France, hundreds of Catholics protested yesterday in various towns in the country against the ban on masses during confinement by covid-19, which will last at least until early December.

Although the churches remain open during this second lockdown, which began on October 30, the ceremonies remain restricted.

The protesters, who wore masks, made prayers and religious songs, despite the prohibition of public meetings in the street during the confinement.

The Interior Minister of that country, Gérald Darmanin, warned that he will not tolerate another consecutive weekend with illegal demonstrations of this community.

“Life is the most important thing of all and life is fighting the coronavirus,” he declared.

The population took to the streets despite the fact that the contagion figures continue to grow.

Yesterday, the country’s Ministry of Health reported that there are 33 thousand 50 patients hospitalized for coronavirus.

This is the highest figure since the pandemic began, higher than the record of 32,292 last April.

Meanwhile, in Lisbon, Portugal, some 500 people mobilized in rejection of the provisions in the “march for freedom”.

After that, the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, defended the restrictions.

Currently, a night curfew is already active in that country.

They are harsh, although they pose a lesser evil in trying to avoid a confinement like last spring, he insisted.

For its part, in Germany, where there have been demonstrations against the restrictions for weeks, hundreds of people marched again in Frankfurt and other cities on Saturday.

The police had to use water cannons to disperse some protesters.

In Germany, where a partial lockdown has been in effect for two weeks, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier warned that the restrictions could last at least four or five more months.

“We will have to live with considerable precautions and restrictions for at least the next four or five months,” Altmaier declared yesterday.

Since bars, restaurants, gyms and other entertainment venues were closed earlier this month, the number of new daily infections has been declining but remains high, he admitted.

On several occasions, the population of the continent has expressed its rejection of these measures, despite the fact that the continent has almost 335 thousand deaths and more than 14.4 million confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In this context, a study revealed that the virus has circulated in Italy since September 2019.

The National Cancer Institute in Milan reported that 11 percent of lung cancer patients developed antibodies to the coronavirus before February last year.

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