Many countries around the world, are fighting to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. On Saturday, the US reported 83,000 infections in a single day, France extended a curfew to two-thirds of citizens and Germany’s death toll passed 10,000. Johns Hopkins University had earlier reported 79,963 new American cases in 24 hours, a new record, although the number of daily deaths has remained broadly stable since the beginning of autumn at between 700 and 800.Overall, more than 223,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US.
France on Friday followed Spain past the milestone of one million cases, while the government extended an overnight curfew designed to slow the spread to affect some 46 million people.“Whatever we do in the coming days and weeks, the toll will grow heavier,” Health Minister Olivier Veran told lawmakers. Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases hit a record high of 17,340 today, including 5,478 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 1,480,646 since the pandemic began.Authorities said 283 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 25,525.
And after Germany recorded its 10,000th death from the coronavirus, Chancellor Angela Merkel told citizens that “the order of the day is to reduce contacts, to meet as few people as possible” in a weekly video podcast.In Poland, President Andrzej Duda tested positive for Covid-19, although an aide wrote on Twitter that he was fine.
In Naples, hundreds of demonstrators turned out after a call on social media to resist a new curfew in parts of Italy, throwing objects at police and setting rubbish bins on fire. The country is reeling from its worst post-war recession after a gruelling two-month national lockdown prompted by one of Europe’s worst outbreaks. Wales entered a full lockdown on Friday evening, a day after Ireland shut down, while Poland adopted a nationwide “red zone” lockdown mandating the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants.After Spain became the first European country to officially record a million Covid-19 cases earlier in the week, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday the real number of infections was likely more than triple that number.
In UK, millions of people across the country woke to stricter Coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as health officials battle to stem the spread of the disease. On Friday, the country recorded 20,000 new cases in 24 hours for the first time.Belgium has seen one of Europe’s deadliest per capita outbreaks and has found itself suffering some of the highest second-wave infection rates in Europe.Across the planet, Covid-19 has now claimed the lives of 1.1 million people and infected close to 42 million, with the WHO warning the northern hemisphere was at a critical juncture.