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World Europe coronavirus: Record case numbers as France's Macron says people may live with Covid until summer

13:55  24 october  2020
13:55  24 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

No time for conviviality: France imposes curfews to beat back coronavirus

  No time for conviviality: France imposes curfews to beat back coronavirus No time for conviviality: France imposes curfews to beat back coronavirusPARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a third of France's population be put under nightly curfew on Wednesday to tackle a surging second wave of the coronavirus, saying now was not the time for conviviality.

The number of confirmed Covid -19 cases in France has crossed the million mark, with President Emmanuel Macron predicting the country will have to suffer the virus France is the second nation in Western Europe to reach a million cases , after Spain passed the grim threshold earlier this week.

France extends curfew to more regions as cases surge. The French prime minister, Jean Castex, has announced that Covid -19 curfew measures will A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe . The situation is very serious. The coming weeks will be hard and

European countries are reporting record numbers of Covid-19 cases as the continent prepares for the pandemic to intensify through winter.

a man wearing a costume: Volunteers from the German Red Cross (DRK) prepare for patient smears in the Corona Drive-In test centre in the Empelde district. In the test centre of the DRK, people are tested at the behest of the public health department. Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images) © Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images Volunteers from the German Red Cross (DRK) prepare for patient smears in the Corona Drive-In test centre in the Empelde district. In the test centre of the DRK, people are tested at the behest of the public health department. Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Those affected include Europe's political class. Polish President Andrzej Duda tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, according to a tweet from Presidential Minister Blazej Spychalski Saturday. Duda's diagnosis comes as the country reported 13,632 new cases Friday, the highest daily tally since the pandemic began. The case tally was more than 50% higher than Monday's 7,482 cases.

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In several regions of France , more than half the intensive care beds are now occupied by Covid -19 patients. Over the past 24 hours France recorded Elsewhere in Europe : Russia registered 17,340 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record ; the figure in neighbouring Poland - 13

The country records 7,379 new cases on Friday as President Macron warns of another lockdown. Despite the sharp rise, hospital numbers and daily deaths were relatively stable, as young people less Another 20 people were confirmed to have died with Covid -19 on Friday, bringing France ' s

"The second wave has hit the entire Europe equally," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Friday.

The five countries with the highest rate of infection worldwide are all in Europe, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest moving averages, as analyzed by CNN.

The worst-hit nations are the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France.

In all five countries, the number of new infections has surged since the beginning of October.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Friday that his country needs to live with the virus in the longterm.

"When I listen to the scientists, and the Scientific Council, we foresee [living with the virus] at best until next summer," Macron said, speaking during a visit to a health center.

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The national health agency said more than 42,000 new cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours as "When I listen to scientists I see that projections are for at best until next Summer ," he said Switzerland also hit a new record of COVID -19 infections, as the country of 8.6 million people saw 6

Macron said France , which also shares a long border with Italy, did not yet need containment measures as drastic as those taken in Italy or China, where the deadly novel coronavirus first Covid -19: Macron announces four-week curfew in Paris region and other cities, starting Saturday.

Macron added that his government aims to impose new coronavirus restrictions in a targeted way.

On the same day France reported 42,032 new cases in 24 hours, a new record, according to the French Health Agency. Around 46 million people in the country are subject to a night-time coronavirus curfew in France.

The picture in neighboring Spain is less dramatic but the country's daily average remains high, remaining at 299 per million on October 19.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pleaded with the public to limit their mobility and help fight a second wave, during a speech on Friday.

"The next few weeks, months will be tough, very tough," Sanchez said, adding that while Spain has officially recorded more than 1 million cases, he estimates the real number is more than 3 million.

The Spanish regions of Castilla and Leon and Valencia have announced they are planning to impose a night curfew over the coming days. The region of Andalusia has also requested a curfew for the city of Granada.

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Macron orders French to stay at home - and says those who don't will be punished. Earlier this evening the UK government announced a number of new measures including advising people The government says the country currently has a total of 142 confirmed Covid -19 cases with 12 deaths.

Macron said on national television: "We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus." French President Emmanuel Macron tells the nation of the new measures he hopes will curb the spread of the coronavirus . Read more: Europe tightens restrictions to control spread of COVID -19.

Political scandal in the Czech Republic

A daily case record was also set in the Czech Republic which surpassed 15,000 new cases in 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of pandemic. Deaths in the country rose by 126, to reach a total of 1,971. The nation is the worst-hit country in Europe, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Meanwhile, the country's health minister Roman Prymula is in the grip of political scandal after being photographed leaving a restaurant in Prague late Wednesday night, just days after he announced a strict lockdown.

Restaurants in the Czech Republic have been closed for sit-down service since Wednesday, October 14, so the minister's actions were in breach of the rules.

Prymula said Friday that he knew the restaurant's owner, who allowed him to sit in in a private lounge to have coffee.

He has refused to resign, despite pressure from the country's prime minister to do so. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said earlier that he would fire Prymula if he did not resign.

The EU has sent the Czech Republic 30 ventilators as officials act to control the second wave.

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France ' s reimposition of a state of health emergency and the introduction of curfews are the consequence of a "sudden and spectacular acceleration" in the spread of the coronavirus virus, the country's prime minister said on Thursday. Jean Castex told reporters that the national COVID -19

Needless to say , I haven’t said what I’m being accused of, nor would I ever. I’m sorry if others get More than a million people in South Yorkshire are now living under the strictest coronavirus rules Urgent new restrictions on daily life have come into effect in several nations, with France extending a

"Czechia is going through hard times. The number of coronavirus cases is rising. Hospitals need medical equipment. The EU is here to help," the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said Thursday.

Italian governors call for lockdown

In Italy local governors are calling for harsher coronavirus restrictions, with some fearing a repeat of the spring wave. Italy was one of the worst-hit countries in Europe in March.

On Friday, the country reported a daily record of infections, with 16,079 new cases reported in the preceding 24 hours.

The Italian Health Ministry also reported 136 Covid-related deaths and 66 more patients in intensive care, bringing the national total to 992.

The Governor of Campania, Vincenzo De Luca, has called for a national lockdown and has announced he will close the region "for 30 to 40 days" to mitigate the spread of the virus.

"Said in a brutally clear way, I don't want to find ourselves in front of military trucks that carry hundreds of coffins," De Luca said in a video message Friday.

"The current data on the infection makes any type of partial measure ineffective."

The Governor of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, said the autumn wave a "dramatic situation."

Italy's government has so far resisted a national lockdown. "A lockdown can be avoided if quick, urgent and strong measures are taken now," Minister of Health Roberto Speranza said Thursday.

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