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London, Paris face clampdowns as Europe hits COVID-19 records

London, Paris face clampdowns as Europe hits COVID-19 records”

New infections are hitting 100,000 daily in Europe and the region has just registered the highest weekly incidence of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with nearly 700,000 cases reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, the revolving government of Northern Ireland announced plans to close pubs and restaurants for four weeks, lift restrictions on social gatherings and increase the number of cases of extended mid-term school breaks.

The French capital and the cities of Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille, Rouen and Lyon will face a 9 p.m.to 6 a.m. curfew starting at midnight on Friday, President Emmanuel Macron announced.

Kluge confirmed that the number of cases in Europe had surpassed seven million, with nearly 700,000 new infections reported in the past week alone - the highest weekly incidence of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Germany has seen 5,000 new infections for the first time since April, with an average infection rate of over 50 people per 100,000 residents.

European countries have registered almost 230,000 confirmed deaths from the virus - more than the almost 217,000 reported virus deaths so far in the United States, according to figures tallied by Johns Hopkins University.

He called for countries and their citizens to be "uncompromising" in their attempts to control the virus and said most of the COVID-19 spread is happening in homes, indoor spaces and in communities not complying with protection measures.

"We're in a situation where I think we can still flatten the exponential growth", Lothar Wieler, head of Germany's disease control agency said. The Czech Health Ministry confirmed 9,544 new virus cases on Wednesday, over 900 more than the days-old previous record. The government announced Thursday that the military would set up a coronavirus hospital at Prague's exhibition center.

"We know from the first peak that the infection can spread fast and put huge pressures on the NHS, so we must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on", said Hancock.

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In Australia, one of the most successful countries in fighting the virus, clusters have emerged in the two most populous states, prompting New South Wales to delay relaxing some restrictions. "We had a blind spot in our tracking policies".

epa08731090 People wearing protective face masks wait in line outside of a screening lab located inside the town hall of the 15th district, in Paris, France, 09 October 2020. Those included more masks and limiting numbers at private events.

The British government today moved London and a half-dozen other areas into the country's second-highest virus risk level, meaning that millions will be barred from meeting people outside their households and will be asked to minimize travel. So far, the only region under a "very high" alert is Liverpool - where people took advantage of the last few hours before the restrictions to party in the streets.

Italy, hard hit in the first wave but so far spared the worst of the second, recorded its biggest single-day jump in infections Wednesday since the start of the pandemic. In Britain, for example, the government has faced repeated criticism for encouraging people to go back to work, to eat out in restaurants and to travel - while failing to implement a comprehensive contact tracing system to track new clusters.

In the capital, whose financial district is rivaled only by NY, 11 boroughs are seeing more than 100 new cases a week per 100,000 people. Masks have been required outdoors since Saturday and strict limits imposed on the size of gatherings.

New infections in Germany continued to rise Wednesday, pushing past 5000 cases in 24 hours - a level not seen since a lockdown imposed on Europe's biggest economy in the spring. Paris restaurant, cinema and theater owners are fuming at the new curfew rules, which effectively shut down evening activities.

"Everyone has this traditional, emotional, warm feeling about the holidays and bringing a group of people, friends and family, together in the house indoors", he said on ABC's "Good Morning America". But in a statement released Wednesday, the authors cautioned that, "it is not correct to say that we are forecasting specific numbers of lives that would be saved; the worst-case scenarios would never be allowed to continue without intervention".



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