The World Health Organization has warned that the Corona crisis in Europe has reached levels it described as worrying and said that it has become the fifth cause of death in the countries of the continent.
The European branch of the organization added that death rates “4 or 5 times higher than April” may be recorded by January if “strategies to ease restrictions for long periods ” are applied.
European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides called on the 27 countries holding a meeting Thursday to “do what is necessary” to “avoid a general lockdown,” while the resurgence of the virus pushes them to tighten their measures.
The next session of the European Parliament will take place from 19 to 22 October by default, and not in Strasbourg, which has not been visited by European representatives for 7 months.
On Thursday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex reviewed new measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, a day after the announcement of a night curfew, starting from Saturday in the Paris region and 8 major cities.
He added that “all private parties” organized “in multi-purpose halls or any other facility that receives an audience” across the country will be banned and that restaurants in France will have to implement enhanced health measures.
In the morning, searches were carried out on the homes and offices of the current Minister of Health Olivier Ferrand and former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, as part of a judicial investigation into the management of the health crisis.
With the follow-up of measures in the face of the new wave of the virus, the repercussions of the crisis appear to be increasing on the political scene and decision centers, in Brussels, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, left the headquarters of the European Summit and placed herself in stone due to the infection of one of her office members with Corona.
Von der Leyen wrote on Twitter that she was informed, shortly after the start of the summit, that a member of her reception desk had tested positive for Corona
The Belgian Foreign Minister also announced to quarantine herself after the symptoms of the Coronavirus appeared on her.
The Coronavirus confused the agenda of European lawmakers, as the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, announced the cancellation of a public session that was scheduled in the French city of Strasbourg next week due to fears of Corona.