France, Italy and Germany release new coronavirus case records as Europe calls for further crackdowns

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As countries in Europe brace for their second lockdown after a fall resurgence of coronavirus outbreaks, France, Italy and Germany have all detected a record number of new infections, following a handful of neighboring countries which marked the same dark turning point this week.

Highlights

France announced Thursday it had counted 58,046 new cases, a record high for the country and the second time the country has broken its new record of cases in just four days, Reuters reported.

Italy, once the hardest-hit country in the world at the start of the pandemic, also recorded its highest number of new daily infections with 34,505, according to the Associated Press.

While Germany has been praised around the world for fending off the coronavirus during the spring outbreak much more effectively than many of its European neighbors, it also had a record 19,990 new cases on Thursday, surpassing the previous record of Saturday, according to a report from Deutsche Welle.

On Monday, Spain saw its own daily record for cases broken on Monday with 55,019 more infections added to its tally in the past 24 hours.

Sweden, a country that made headlines around the world for failing to implement a tough coronavirus crackdown in the spring like the rest of Europe, imposed new restrictions on Tuesday after reporting a record high 5,000 new cases in a single day last week.

Greece on Thursday became the latest European country to announce a new lockdown from the end of the week after the country recorded 2,646 new infections on Wednesday, a record for the country.

Tangent

European countries are not the only countries in difficulty. They are all doing better in terms of case counts than the United States, which recorded a breathtaking 103,000 new infections on Wednesday alone.

Key context

While the first spring lockdowns and strict crackdowns were credited with the sharp drop in new coronavirus cases and deaths in countries across Europe earlier this year, many countries began to see an increase in infections. in early summer and removal of restrictions. As the fall brought an upsurge in new cases, countries on the continent have resumed locking down or implementing new curfews and other measures in an attempt to contain the virus again.

Further reading

France reports new daily record of COVID-19 cases, at more than 58,000 (Reuters)

Latest: Italy hits new daily record of nearly 35,000 cases (Associated Press)

Coronavirus digestion: Germany breaks new record with nearly 20,000 new infections (Deutsche Welle)

Spain sets record increase in COVID-19 cases with more than 55,000 new infections: Ministry of Health (Reuters)

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