World leaders are facing an increasingly difficult task as they try to limit the spread of the disease and the economic damage, while their hopes are based on vaccines whose effectiveness is yet to be proven.
“We are dealing with an exponential increase. In Germany, the number of new infections is increasing by 70-75% compared to the previous week, “said German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier at a German-French economic conference held virtually in Berlin.
France, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the United States and other countries have seen a record number of infections in recent days as autumn heads into winter in the northern hemisphere and people socialize further inland, where the risk of infection is higher.
More than 43.4 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus globally and 1,158,056 have died, according to a Reuters report. The United States has the highest number of infections and deaths.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Italy on Monday to express dissatisfaction with the latest round of restrictions, including the earlier closure of bars and restaurants, with protests in some cities becoming violent.
In the financial capital Milan, young people threw petrol projectiles at police officers, who responded with tear gas. In Turin, the windows of some luxury shops were broken and some shops were looted, which led to the arrest of 10 demonstrators.
In France, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told the country to prepare for “difficult decisions” after some of the strictest restrictions in Europe failed to stop the spread of the disease.
The UK recorded another 367 deaths on Tuesday due to COVID-19, the highest daily number since May 27, government data show.
The Czech government will ask lawmakers to extend its emergency prerogatives until December 3, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Tuesday amid efforts to stop one of Europe’s strongest growing infections.
To date, at least 8.54 million infections and 251,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported in Europe, according to the latest Reuters data. The continent recorded a record 230,892 new cases on Monday, from 67,739 on October 1st.
Authorities in Russia, where 1.55 million infections have been reported, the fourth largest number of coronavirus cases in the world, have ordered people to wear masks in some public places and called on regional authorities to consider closing bars. restaurants overnight.
The Belgian government will meet on Friday to decide on a possible quarantine at national level, as the country suffers the highest rate of coronavirus infections in the EU per 100,000 citizens, official figures show.
Even Germany, much praised for its initial response to the pandemic, said on Tuesday it was worried about rising infections, and Altmaier said the country was likely to reach 20,000 cases a day by the end of this week.
The wine-producing region of La Rioja, Spain, has ordered the closure of restaurants and bars in its two largest cities for a month. National restrictions have been imposed since Sunday.
A global stock market index fell and the US dollar depreciated on Tuesday as investors reacted to rising coronavirus cases and uncertainty over the November 3 US election.
In the United States, the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 is at a two-month high, straining health care systems in some states. The death toll in the United States is the highest in the world, at over 225,800.
Nearly half a million people in the United States have contracted the virus in the past seven days, a Reuters report found.
“Until November 4, the fake news press only writes about Covid, Covid, Covid,” President Donald Trump, who is facing a tough fight for re-election on November 3, wrote on Twitter.
Trump has often promoted vaccines in response, but none have yet gained international approval.
In August, Russia became the first country to officially approve a vaccine for Covid-19 after less than two months of human testing, provoking skepticism from Western scientists.
A vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca causes an immunization reaction in both older and younger adults, the company said Monday.
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