Paris and London Brace for Curbs; Merkel’s Plea: Virus Update
(Bloomberg) — People in Paris and London prepared for more restrictions on their personal freedoms and Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to German citizens to stay home to stem the tide of new coronavirus infections.Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors, while residents of Paris and eight other major French cities will be confined to their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for at least four weeks.Merkel in her weekly podcast appealed to German citizens to meet with fewer people whether inside or outside. How winter and Christmas work out will be decided in the coming days and weeks through the sum of individual actions, she said.Belgium closed bars and restaurants across the country. Global cases surpassed the 39-million mark and the U.S. reported the most daily infections in two months.Key Developments:Global Tracker: Cases exceed 39 million; deaths top 1.1 millionVirus surge crimps Europe with London and Paris leading the wayBrexit promises to catch up with Boris Johnson in Covid hotspotsWho’s succeeding against the coronavirus and why: QuickTakeSubscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.Ardern Wins in New Zealand on Covid Success (5:04 p.m. HK)Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern swept to a commanding victory in New Zealand’s general election after her successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel Calls for Citizens to Stay Home (3:57 p.m. HK)Germany reported a record 7,695 new coronavirus cases as Merkel appealed to citizens to help stem the viral surge.How winter and Christmas pan out will be decided in the coming days and weeks through the sum of individual actions, Merkel said. She stressed the importance of refraining from unnecessary journeys and celebrations.Russia and Poland Report Surges (3:52 p.m. HK)Russia added 14,922 new cases, taking total infections in the country to 1.38 million, according to government data. The death toll rose by 279 to 24,002.Poland registered a record 9,622 new cases and the death toll there climbed by 84 to 3,524, the Health Ministry said on Twitter. The country had 604 respirators in use, up from 346 a week earlier.Swiss Government Mulls Tighter Curbs (3:37 p.m. HK)The Swiss government will hold a meeting on Sunday to decide on further steps to combat the virus, according to Tages-Anzeiger. Measures could include mandatory mask-wearing in indoor public spaces, a ban on gatherings of more than 15 in public, and the recommendation that people resume working from home, according to the report.A government spokesman declined to confirm the meeting or comment on what measures might be introduced. In a separate newspaper report, Finance Minister Ueli Maurer said the government must not overreact and people “have to learn to live with the virus.”New Cases in Western Australia (2:41 p.m….