World French city of Nice tightens coronavirus curbs as cases soar
Europe imposes fresh curbs as global cases top 30 million
Large parts of Europe on Friday geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the coronavirus, after infections worldwide topped 30 million and the World Health Organization warned of "alarming rates of transmission". Britain is limiting gatherings and France is set to roll out new curbs for major cities as governments across the continent battle fresh spikes of the disease. More than 943,000 people have now died from Covid-19 since it first emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally, with Europe accounting for more than 200,000.
PARIS (Reuters) - The city of Nice on the French Riviera will ban gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces as it seeks to curb COVID-19 infections that are soaring in the region, local authorities said on Friday.
Bernard Gonzalez, prefect for the Alpes-Maritimes region, told a news conference that bars will be shut from 00h30 to 06h00 local time and the sale of take-away alcohol prohibited after 20h00.
U.S. Adds Almost 50,000 Cases; France Hits Record: Virus Update
The U.S. added almost 50,000 coronavirus cases, while deaths nationwide approached 200,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Florida reported the most new cases among residents in eight days. The U.K. remained a focus in Europe, with Scotland’s leader asking for an emergency cabinet meeting to coordinate policy after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said restrictions may need to “go further.” France again recorded a record number of cases since lockdown ended. New infections in Germany exceeded 2,000 for a second straight day.
Authorities are also lowering the ceiling for attendance at big public events to 1,000 people from 5,000 previously.
This comes as extra anti-COVID measures came into force on Monday in the cities of Marseille and Bordeaux. The measures included stricter rules for beach gatherings, visiting the elderly in care homes, and attending outdoor public events.
France registered a record 10,593 new confirmed coronavirus in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Thursday, the country's highest single-day count since the pandemic began.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Virus curbs rile Europeans as global deaths near a million .
New infection control restrictions in Europe stirred anger and frustration on Sunday as around the world the global coronavirus toll inched towards one million dead. In India, meanwhile, infections closed in on six million on Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people to keep wearing face masks in public. "They are potent tools to save the life of every citizen," he said.Health ministry figures showed that the total number of cases had risen to 5,992,532.India is expected to overtake the United States -- which has reported more than seven million cases so far -- as the worst-hit country in the next few weeks.