Countries tighten measures as global virus death toll crosses 700,000

Countries tighten measures as global virus death toll crosses 700,000

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Paris: On Tuesday, France and the Netherlands began to tighten restrictions, the Philippines relocked millions of people, and the global coronavirus death toll exceeded 700,000.

At the same time, as the United States conducts antibody treatment trials against COVID-19, it continues to find effective treatments.

In France, the scientific committee that advises the government on the coronavirus crisis warned that the country could lose control of its spread “at any time.”

Noting its increased circulation and that fewer people were respecting basic safety precautions, it warned: “The balance is fragile and we can change course at any time to a less controlled scenario like in Spain, for example.”

Paris, Toulouse and other cities announced that masks must be worn on busy streets and squares. People are already obligated to wear them in most private companies and all public buildings.

In the Netherlands, starting from Wednesday, the same measures will be adopted in Rotterdam and the famous Amsterdam Red Light District.

Ireland postponed the reopening of bars and other night venues on the advice of scientists worried about the rise in infections.

French hotel chain Accor meanwhile announced a cost-cutting plan that included 1,000 job losses Tuesday, a day after it blamed the pandemic for net losses of 1.5 billion euros for the first half of the year.

Online travel agency Booking.com announced on Tuesday that it will cut a quarter of its 17,500 employees worldwide and its Amsterdam headquarters is located in one of the affected locations.

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