Coronavirus: New infections reach record levels in Great Britain and France


Britain and France both saw their biggest one-day increases in COVID-19 infections since the outbreak began on Thursday.More than 16,000 new infections have been detected in France in the past 24 hours, according to the national health agency, Santé Publique France. The previous record of 13,492 was recorded on September 19.

Another 52 people have also lost their lives due to the pandemic, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 in the country to 31,511.

In addition, the health agency underlined in its weekly report, also published Thursday, that there had been “an exponential increase in admissions in intensive care”. More than 4,250 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in France the previous week, including 718 in ICU.

In Great Britain, 6,632 new infections were recorded on Thursday, a new record for the country.

Forty new deaths were also reported across the UK, bringing the death toll to 41,902 – the highest death toll in Europe.

Public Health England medical director Yvonne Doyle says the figure is a “stark warning” as infections rise in all age groups.

She says citizens must follow new restrictions announced by the government this week to control the spread of the virus.

France and the UK introduced new measures this week to tackle a steady rise in infections seen since August.

British pubs, bars and restaurants have been ordered to close at 10 p.m. while stores that could not apply the ‘COVID-secure’ service have been closed. Public gatherings were also, once again, restricted. Social gatherings, whether outdoors or indoors, are limited to six people from two households.

On the Channel, the government presented a new color map of the epidemiological situation, warning that the virus is now actively circulating – defined as more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – in more than two thirds of the country.

Bars and restaurants in a dozen major cities, including the capital Paris, have been ordered to close no later than 10 p.m. with gatherings limited to 10 people. Marseille and the island of Guadeloupe have been hit by the most severe restrictions. Bars and restaurants have been told to stay closed from Saturday.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday called on countries to be faster and more focused in their approach to restrictive measures.

The health agency, which monitors infectious diseases in 31 European countries, said the recent “worrying increase” in infections was in part due to restrictive measures not having the desired effect or because adherence was not is not optimal, either because they are not sufficient to reduce or control exposure. to the virus.

More than 3 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 187,500 deaths have now been recorded in Europe.

Globally, the pandemic has claimed the lives of 972,221 people and infected 31.6 million, according to the World Health Organization.


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