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While Spain becomes the first country in Western Europe to cross 1 million cases, France is also approaching the toll. There are currently 999,744 confirmed infections in the country and 34,072 deaths.
On Wednesday, France recorded more than 25,000 new infections for the sixth time in 12 days, the government being likely to announce a geographical extension of the curfews currently in force in Paris and in eight other major cities.
Meanwhile, four U.S. states reported a record one-day increase in Covid-19-related deaths on Wednesday, including Wisconsin, a hotly contested state in the Nov. 3 election, as infections continue to rise in the Midwest and beyond. Coronavirus deaths have reached daily records in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters analysis.
Here are the other key developments of the last few hours:
- Trump says he doesn’t see a deal with Democrats on the stimulus. Donald Trump said he saw no way that House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer “would be prepared to do what is right for our great American workers, or for our wonderful states. – United themselves, on the stimulus.
- The Italian region of Lazio, including the capital Rome, is on the verge of introducing a curfew Friday from midnight to 5 a.m. in an attempt to curb the rise in Covid-19 infections, a regional government source told Reuters.
- It comes as Italy recorded a record 15,199 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
- Greek authorities have announced a regional lockdown of the northern Kastoria region, after declaring the high-risk region, the higher of a four-level risk assessment. Restrictions will be imposed from October 23. It comes as the country has reported 865 new cases of Covid-19, a new record since the outbreak began in late February.
- Spain became the first country in Western Europe to surpass one million cases of coronavirus. The unwanted step comes as the government considers a curfew and political feuds threaten to undermine efforts to control the second wave of the virus.
- The UK has reported a daily record of 26,688 coronavirus cases, bringing the number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 789,229.
- Russia does not plan to impose general restrictions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, President Vladimir Putin said, even as the country reported a new record-breaking daily death toll from the respiratory disease. Russia must continue to perform tests for Covid-19, observe safety measures and start vaccinations, Putin said.
- German Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive for coronavirus, said the Ministry of Health. He attended a cabinet meeting earlier today, but other ministers do not need to self-quarantine, a government spokesperson said.
- Poland will announce new restrictions on Thursday after coronavirus infections doubled in less than three weeks, possibly by moving some primary school students to distance education. On Wednesday, he reported a daily record of 10,040 new cases, bringing his total to over 200,000.
- The Netherlands hit a new record for daily coronavirus cases, with more than 8,500 infections in 24 hours, nearly a week after the government imposed “partial lockdown” measures, including the closure of bars and restaurants.
- Scotland to introduce five-tier system of coronavirus restrictions on Friday This will in part reflect England’s three-tier traffic light control system, as infections and deaths have risen sharply to levels not seen since May.
- turkey plans to re-impose certain measures to stem the rise in coronavirus cases, like stay-at-home orders for younger and older people or even weekend shutdowns, but will avoid hurting the economic recovery.
- Iran reported its highest daily number of cases since February,registering 5,616 new cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, bringing the national total to 545,286 in the worst-affected country in the Middle East. Authorities have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel and stay at home, warning that hospitals in Tehran and some other major cities are overflowing with coronavirus patients.
- The Czech Republic has closed most stores and services and sought to limit all trips to essential trips as with work and doctor’s visits to curb Europe’s fastest growing new coronavirus infections. The country saw a record daily increase of 11,984 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, amid a surge in recent weeks, and the health minister said the health system would soon reach capacity limits and hospitals would run out of beds in November without immediate. action.
- People who host house parties in Ireland can be fined up to € 1,000 or jail time of up to one month to ensure a new Covid-19 lockdown is respected. The government is speeding up legislation to give police new powers to impose instant fines for violations of the new restrictions, which come into effect on Thursday.
- Slovenia and Croatia both reported daily records for new infections. This week, Slovenia introduced a 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew and a 30-day state of emergency to deal with the coronavirus, while Croatia is not yet considering such measures.