Back to basics: Countries plan reimposing lockdowns amid fears of second wave of coronavirus

From the UK to Australia, countries are reimposing stricter lockdowns amid surging coronavirus cases and fears of a second wave. 

Portugal

Portugal saw a sudden outburst of cases, and has therefore decided to reimpose stricter lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown is being reimposed mainly in Lisbon, under which people will no longer be able to leave their houses except for shopping for essential or emergencies and work-related trip.

"COVID has not disappeared, and will not disappear as long as there is no treatment or vaccine and until we are all vaccinated," Antonio Costa, the Portuguese Prime Minister said.

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Australia

Australia unlocked its economy before its neighbour country New Zealand. However, Victoria, the second most populous city in the country, saw new clusters of infection which raised fears of s second wave. To stop the spread of the virus, the government has decided to reimpose lockdown.

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Italy

In Italy, to reimpose lockdown, army was deployed to Mondragone, around sixty kilometres from Naples, around a social housing complex. The local government is urging people to stay in until there is an emergency.

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United States of America

Several states in the US south and west including Texas, Florida and Alabama have seen a resurgence of the virus in recent weeks even as northeastern states New York, New Jersey and Connecticut showed marked improvement.

Los Angeles and Californian counties ordered bars to close as Texas governor Greg Abbott said the coronavirus situation had "taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas".

 

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United Kingdom

UK is still unlocking the economy in phases. However, Leicester, in particular, saw a sudden increase in positive cases. Fearing a second wave, experts and Secretary of State for the Home Department Priti Patel announced a possibility of reimposing a localised lockdown in the city.

The British government is urging locals to stay indoors, wear masks and practice social distancing.

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