US, Europe reel as virus infections surge at record pace

  • US, Europe reel as virus infections surge at record pace

US, Europe reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Italy also issued new curbs on bars and restaurants this week, banning people from standing at the bar after 9pm along with barring groups of people from drinking on the streets.

More than 38 million people globally have been reported as infected with COVID-19 and 1.1 million have died.

With over one million coronavirus deaths and almost 40 million cases worldwide, regions like Europe that suppressed the first outbreak are again facing tough choices on how to control a new wave without economically destructive national lockdowns.

Having recorded 22,591 new cases in the past 24 hours, Macron has decided that in Paris and eight other metropolitan cities there will be a curfew from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m., starting Saturday, October 17.

"The collateral damage on the people was too much", Kluge said. "I hate the fact that we have to bring them in", said British Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

"Under proportionally more stringent scenarios, the model's reliable is much more optimistic, yet with slightly higher levels of morbidity and mortality than in the first wave, but with a lower slope - as if we should rather expect a higher and longer swell instead of a sharp peak giving us more reaction time", Kluge said.

Number of new cases in the 24 hours until yesterday morning.

Kluge said "systematic and general mask-wearing" in public and private places, and "strict controls on social gatherings" could save 300,000 lives across Europe in the next six months.

U.S. pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly said it had suspended the Phase 3 trial of its antibody treatment over an unspecified incident, the second in less than 24 hours after Johnson & Johnson ran into a similar problem with its vaccine candidate.

Measures also came into force across the Netherlands, including restrictions on alcohol sales and new mask requirements, while Northern Ireland announced a four-week closure of pubs and restaurants. The army will also build a 500-bed emergency hospital on an event site in Prague.

In Britain, the new head of domestic security service MI5 said his agency was working to ward off foreign meddling or espionage against the country's vaccine development projects.

Efforts to develop a vaccine hit snags in some areas, with Johnson & Johnson pausing its trial after an unexplained illness in a study participant. Only in the US, India and Brazil have more infections come to light.

Several European countries are experiencing record daily case increases.

The Czech Republic has shut down its schools.

The Netherlands returned to partial lockdown, closing bars and restaurants, but kept schools open.

European infections have been running at an average of nearly 100,000 a day - about a third of the global total - forcing governments to tighten restrictions while attempting to calibrate them to protect health without destroying livelihoods.

The region as a whole recorded nearly 700,000 new cases last week, the most since the pandemic began, and taking the total to just below seven million, according to the World Health Organisation. The vaccines will be distributed among all member states based on population size, writes the daily European Union administration.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday introduced a three-tiered covid alarm system across the United Kingdom, highlighting localized restrictions, but rejecting calls to close the country "circuit breakers". Hospital admissions, however, are climbing and field hospitals in the spring are once more being readied.

London faces tighter restrictions within days, the Financial Times reported.

In Spain, the regional government of Catalonia is ordering all bars and restaurants to close their on-premises operations, saying they can only sell to-go items for the next 15 days.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany's 16 state governors agreed Wednesday night to tighten mask-wearing rules, make bars close early and limit the number of people who can gather in areas where coronavirus infection rates are high.

"We can't see the end of the tunnel today", Renaud Mazy, managing director of the University Clinics of Saint-Luc in Brussels, told La Premiere radio.