The need for action in France was underlined as the country recorded another record for new cases, with more than 32,000 registered in 24 hours.
In an attempt to stem the worrying rise in infections and in hopes of stopping a return to full lockdowns, many governments have tightened measures to control the spread of the pandemic – even as some dissidents are fighting back in court.
As a region, Europe reports more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined.
Out of 100 infections reported worldwide, 34 were from European countries.
The region currently reports one million new infections roughly every nine days and has reported more than 6.3 million cases since the start of the pandemic.
Main European countries – the UK, France, Russia, the Netherlands and Spain – accounted for around half of new cases in Europe in the week to October 18.
Several European countries are closing schools, canceling elective surgeries and recruiting medical students as authorities face a resurgence of Covid-19.
Russia guides students towards online learning and North Ireland closes schools for two weeks and restaurants for four.
In Spain, the authorities Catalonia ordered bars and restaurants to be closed for 15 days and limited the number of people allowed in stores.
The Czech Republic has also reoriented schools towards distance education and plans to call thousands of medical students. Hospitals cut back on elective medical procedures to free up beds.
Polish Health officials have warned the country is on the brink of disaster as a record 6,526 new coronavirus infections and 116 deaths were reported this week.
Poland is stepping up the training of nurses and considering setting up military field hospitals.
Around the world: Latin America is the worst affected region with around 27% of total Covid-19 cases, followed by Asia, North America and Europe.
Inde reports fewer cases this month compared to September, with 69,000 cases per day.
The numbers have fallen by more than 20,400 in the past three weeks, down 22% from its previous high. India reported 55,342 cases on October 13, its smallest daily increase since August 18.
in the WE, which has the highest total number of cases and deaths in the world, new infections are on the rise with the most hospitalized Covid-19 patients since early September.
The United States suffered more than 218,000 deaths, revealing a record deficit of $ 3.1 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 on Friday.
He also announced that the number of cases there had exceeded eight million, while daily global infections also reached a new high.