Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announces a three-week nationwide lockdown starting November 7 in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. All retail stores will close, and travel between regions will be banned, while authorities will reintroduce a system obliging citizens to send text messages to a government number to leave home to work, shop, visit a doctor, or exercise. Secondary schools will close and introduce distance learning while kindergartens and primary schools will stay open.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of 16 states agree to impose a nationwide partial lockdown from November 2, which means that restaurants, bars, and all leisure facilities are ordered to be closed until November 30, private gatherings will be limited to ten people and social contacts will be limited to two households. However, schools, churches and kindergartens will remain open with strict hygiene measures. The new restrictions will last for at least four weeks.
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qi-shan has held talks with US Treasury, Secretary Timothy Geithner at Qingdao Airport, east China's Shandong province. They exchanged views on Sino-US economic relations, and preparations for the upcoming G20 Summit.
An explosion triggered a fire in a chemical plant in an east China city, leaving 3 dead, one seriously injured. The explosion occurred at 2:40 p.m. in Haiyi Specialty Chemicals Co., Ltd. in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong Province.