France and Italy have re-implemented the lockdown as European countries fight to control a growing number of COVID-19 infections, with millions of Easter Sundays across Europe marking new restrictions.
The massive slow vaccine rollout and growing contagion in the European Union is forcing some governments to restore the entire lockdown.
Many people in Paris left the French capital before being restricted to France It enters the third nationwide lockdown.
The government closed all schools and issued new rules nationwide on Sunday.
In Paris, police say they are deploying 600 officers to enforce the new restrictions, including a ban on traveling more than 10 miles, a ban on six-person outdoor gatherings and a nationwide curfew from 6pm to 6am.
In France, new infections have doubled daily since February, reaching nearly 40,000. On Friday, France reported the largest jump in the number of intensive care patients, overwhelming hospitals.
France has 48.7 million COID cases, the highest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It confirmed more than 96,000 deaths, the eighth highest in the world.
Meanwhile, Italy has imposed a strict three-day lockdown with all non-essential travel bans on the Easter weekend.
Churches, however, are allowed to open and people are allowed to share an Easter meal at home with two other adults.
Although the health ministry said the rate of infection was declining, all areas were placed under strict “red zone” lockdown by Monday as a precaution.
Italy has recorded 3.6 million deaths and more than 110,000 deaths from Covid-19, more deaths than any other European country except the United Kingdom.
Italy has supplied 10.7 million vaccines, although only 3.3 million of the country’s 100 million people have received two doses.
‘Crisis of Confidence’
The German president says the country has survived a “crisis of confidence” as the government eats a second Easter amid epidemic restrictions amid dissatisfaction with the response.
On Saturday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier admitted he was “wrong” about testing, digital solutions and vaccinations. He called on Germans to unite and rely on approved vaccines.
Due to problems in the supply and distribution of vaccines from vaccine companies, the slow pace of collection of vaccines has lagged behind Germany, the entire EU and some countries in its efforts to vaccinate the whole country.
He noted that vaccine supplies will increase rapidly in the coming weeks and that both citizens and governments need to work together, not “outdo each other in frustration”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Ditched a plan The proposal, instantly imagined, led to a five-day shutdown over Easter in an attempt to contain the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic after giving birth to an intense reaction.
Germany has received about 2.9 million COVID-19 infections and more than 76,000 deaths.
Thousands marched in the German city of Stuttgart on Saturday to protest against the coronavirus ban.
Protesters held placards reading “No epidemic” and “Vaccine killed.”
A few of the participants physically distanced themselves or wore masks – as required by the authorities – but police allowed the rally to continue.
John Ryan, a visiting associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, told Al Jazeera that the epidemic would have a long-term “detrimental effect” on the European economy, and that the new restrictions would hurt growth and productivity as factories and supply chains were disrupted.
“It will have a negative economic impact, especially when Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria – all are interconnected.”
“Unlike the UK, the economic impact of France and Germany has been minimal so far, but with such lockdowns and unfortunately high rates of infection, the economic damage could be even greater,” he said.
Vaccination drives in Europe and elsewhere have been affected by concerns over the safety of the Oxford-Astrageneca vaccine, following reports of blood clots after inoculation.
Earlier this week, Germany and the Netherlands They say they will temporarily close AstraZeneca jobs for those under 60.
Ryan said that while countries like the United Kingdom and the United States were constantly inoculating their populations, and at higher speeds than the EU, the new COVID-19 variant suggests that boosters were probably needed.
“It’s very difficult to predict … but I’d say we’re out of this particular predicament right now.”