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France, Italy and Russia reported new daily records for coronavirus cases on Friday, a day after the United States set its record third day for new cases this week.France recorded 60,486 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, after posting a record of more than 58,000 on Thursday, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The ministry also reported 828 new deaths.

Italy on Friday announced 37,809 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the highest on record in the country, while Russia also recorded its highest daily tally at 20,582.

Diners dine out on November 6, 2020, in the North Boston neighborhood. Stricter coronavirus restrictions are now in place in Massachusetts, including requiring restaurants to stop providing table service at 9:30 p.m.

The new high totals in those European countries follow a record 121,888 new coronavirus cases reported in the United States on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Infections are increasing in all parts of the United States as the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise. More than 1,200 deaths were reported Thursday, the highest number since mid-September after a sharp spike over the summer, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Hospitalizations in the United States have increased dramatically, forcing hospitals in the Midwestern and Southern states to take urgent action to deal with the flooding of new patients.

The Midwestern states were particularly hard hit, with a record number of infections reported Thursday in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Julian St. Laurent wears a face shield and two face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as he heads for a ballot to vote on Election Day, November 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine.

Since the outbreak began in the United States in mid-September, some states have periodically imposed piecemeal lockdowns, including Maine, which has extended its mask requirement to cover all public spaces .

Officials in Denver, Colorado, on Friday urged residents to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in a bid to curb a growing wave of coronavirus cases.

Much stricter restrictions are applied in Europe.

Britain began a four-week lockdown on Thursday, while Greece began a three-week shutdown on Saturday.

An almost empty Carnaby Street in London on Friday, November 6, 2020. The British lockout began on Thursday, closing restaurants,…
A near-empty Carnaby Street in London, November 6, 2020. Britain’s lockdown began on Thursday, closing restaurants, hairdressers and clothing stores until at least December 2.

Anyone traveling from Denmark to Britain must now self-isolate for 14 days. Denmark was pulled out of the UK travel corridor on Friday following a coronavirus outbreak at mink farms in the Scandinavian country.

Denmark has announced that it is slaughtering more than 15 million mink to stop the spread of a mutated form of the coronavirus that has appeared in mink.

Authorities have ordered more than a quarter of a million people in a northern region where mink farms are located to close. There is no evidence that the mutation poses a threat to people, but officials said they were taking no chances.

In Italy, new restrictions on coronaviruses were imposed on Friday. As part of the so-called soft lockdown, the country has been divided into three zones based on the severity of the outbreak.

Pakistani Muslims wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus arrive for the annual Tablighi ...
Pakistani Muslims wearing face masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19, arrive for the annual Tablighi Ijtema religious gathering in Raiwind in the outskirts of Lahore on November 5, 2020.

In Pakistan, authorities have said they will impose a mini lockdown in parts of major cities in an attempt to stem the tide of coronavirus cases. The country reported 1,376 new cases and 30 deaths from the coronavirus on Friday.

India has announced more than 47,000 new cases of COVID-19, while Tunisia and Jordan are experiencing significant acceleration in their infection rates.

A child disguised as an angel takes part in the Mama Negra festival in honor of the Virgin of Las Mercedes in Latacunga…
A child dressed as an angel takes part in the Mama Negra festival in honor of the Virgin of Las Mercedes in Latacunga, Ecuador, September 24, 2020.

In South America, the situation is clearer in Ecuador, where the infection rate has plunged from 44% to 800 new cases per day.

The United States has 9.7 million of the 49.2 million cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States also continues to dominate the world in COVID-19 deaths, with 236,000 of the 1.2 million deaths worldwide.

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