Coronavirus in Europe: Germany and Portugal reimpose localised restrictions
- England will further ease lockdown restrictions from July 4
Germany reimposes lockdown in county with causes linked to slaughterhouse
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Spain, Germany and Portugal have all seen new cases of coronavirus
Italy added another 218 coronavirus infections to its official count
China has reported 22 new cases of coronavirus, including 13 in Beijing
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Here's what's opening in the UK on July 4
France records 517 new cases of coronavirus
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
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.
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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
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: https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/23/england-will-reopen-pubs-and-restaurants-on-4-july-with-social-distancing-reduced-to-1-met
Germany imposes new lockdown measures in west
Portugal reimposes restrictions in Lisbon region
French contact tracing app has only notified just 14 people of coronavirus contamination risk
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.