French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce new COVID-19 lockdown measures Wednesday evening. The announcement comes as a surge of new cases and deaths is forcing the government to find ways to stop the spread of the virus during the winter months, according to The Independent.
According to reports, there were more than 500 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday night in France, which was up from 257 from the day before.
Many other European nations have already started to lockdown. Those nations, including Italy, noted a substantial increase in numbers of COVID-19 patients.
Italy was the latest European country to announce restrictions. Those went into effect Monday and will stay in place until Nov. 24. Those restrictions will force bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m., while gyms, movie theaters, and public pools will close completely. The Italian government is also asking citizens to stay home and to limit contacts to their immediate family, as reported.
“We think we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said during a Sunday press conference.
Macron will address the nation at 8pm (7pm GMT). He is expected to attend meetings with the defense council and cabinet, according to The Independent.
There are many protests across the globe in lieu of increasing COVID-19 lockdowns. Paris is under a strict curfew which forbids anyone from leaving their homes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The capital is one of eight other cities under curfew in France.
For more on this story go to The Independent
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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