France begins COVID curfew as cases climb around the world | Voice of America

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Portions of France begin implementing new restrictions on Saturday in an attempt to curb the coronavirus. Paris and at least seven other cities, including Lyon, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, Lille, Rouen and Saint-Étienne will be under curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The curfew is scheduled for at at least four weeks.Belgium will be subject to a national curfew from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Monday to combat the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. In addition, Belgium has ordered all cafes, bars and restaurants to be closed from Monday.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early Saturday that there were 39.3 million COVID-19 infections worldwide and 1.1 million deaths from the virus.

India has started identifying the 300 million people who will receive the initial COVID-19 vaccine, once it becomes available, according to media reports.

A man reacts as a healthcare worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus at a testing site in New Delhi, India on October 17, 2020.

The cases of COVID in India are increasing steadily. The South Asian nation is set to overtake the United States as the country with the most coronavirus cases.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early on Saturday that India had 7.4 million coronavirus infections, while the United States had just over 8 million. India said on Saturday it had registered 62,212 new cases of COVID in the past 24 hours.

Daily cases of COVID-19 have reached record levels around the world, especially in Europe and the Americas, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing in Geneva that a record number of cases had been reported in the past four days.

“We have to remember that this is an uneven pandemic,” Tedros said. “Countries reacted differently and countries were affected differently. Almost 70% of all cases reported globally last week were from 10 countries, and nearly half of all cases were from just three countries. ”

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