A coronavirus curfew closed doors early on German capital Berlin’s legendary nightlife on Saturday (Oct 10) in a bid to limit surging infections, while in Latin America and the Carribean the number of cases passed 10 million.
Bars and restaurants closed at 11:00pm (2100 GMT) in Berlin under a partial curfew announced until October 31, with the capital following in the footsteps of financial hub Frankfurt where a curfew had already been imposed, but starting an hour earlier.
With more than 400 new cases daily in Berlin, the 11:00pm shutdown also covers all shops except pharmacies and petrol stations in a bid to prevent sales of alcohol late at night.
“This is not the time to party,” said Berlin mayor Michael Muller in a message addressed to young people, who are driving new infections higher. “We can and we want to prevent another more severe confinement.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel had already warned Friday that high-infection areas would be given 10 days to bring down cases or face tougher action, calling big cities the “arena” to keep the pandemic under control.
Police said “several thousand” people marched through Berlin on Saturday in a silent protest against restrictions. Protesters also rallied in Rome, Warsaw and London against mask-wearing requirements and virus curbs.
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