In France – where there are more than 10,000 new cases every day – Lyon and Nice were bracing for further restrictions, following limits imposed this week on Bordeaux and Marseille.
World Health Organization regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said a record increase in cases across the continent “should serve as a wake-up call”.
“While the numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, they also show alarming transmission rates across the region,” Kluge said at a press conference online from Copenhagen.
The global death toll has reached 943,086 since the start of the viral epidemic in China late last year.
The United States is the worst affected country with 6,650,570 cases and 197,364 deaths, followed by India with 5,118,253 infections and 83,198 deaths and Brazil with 4,419,083 cases and 134,106 deaths, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the main developments on the coronavirus around the world on Friday:
Ireland: An Irish study found that more than half of patients with COVID-19 suffered from persistent fatigue. The study underpins the “significant burden” of persistent symptoms and comes as patient groups and doctors call for more research into the medium and long-term effects of COVID-19.
Czech republic: The Czech Republic registered 3,130 cases on Thursday, about as many as what was recorded throughout March. This is the third consecutive daily record and makes it the second worst batch in the EU after Spain in terms of daily growth of cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Czech news agency. Authorities warn hospitals may soon reach their limits.
UNITED KINGDOM: Hospitalization rates are doubling every eight days as the virus accelerates, according to the British Minister of Health. He declined to say if another national lockdown would be imposed next month. the London Evening Standard reported that London had seen a sharp increase in the number of cases, which allowed it further restrictions.
Spain: Officials in the capital Madrid said one in five hospital beds were occupied by coronavirus patients and called for “decisive” action from the central government. New restrictions are expected to be announced today.
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Israel: Israel is set to enter its second coronavirus lockdown on Friday after a multi-month spike in the number of coronavirus cases.
Hundreds of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday evening to protest the renewed restrictions.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the authorities “may have no other choice” but to impose even stricter measures. The country has recorded more than 172,000 cases since the start of the epidemic, including at least 1,163 deaths.
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Canada: Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, will now be fining people who organize social gatherings that challenge the new boundaries. Violators could face fines of up to CAN $ 10,000 (€ 6,410; $ 7,600).
As part of a crackdown on social gatherings to prevent ‘reckless and reckless people’ from spreading COVID-19 at illegal parties, indoor events would be allowed to include a maximum of 10 people out of a previous limit of 50, said Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
The ceiling for outdoor gatherings has been lowered from 100 to 25.
aw, dvv / sms (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)