Record levels of new corona infections across Europe

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In many European countries, new record levels of new corona infections were recorded within one day on Thursday. In Germany there were for the first time more than 10,000 new infections, exactly 11,287, and in the Netherlands more than 9,000 new cases were registered for the first time. Record values were also reported from Poland, Slovenia and Croatia, among others. Slovenia is now responding to this development with a lockdown. France extends the nightly curfew.

In Germany, according to RKI, at least 392,049 people are now demonstrably infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus. The number of deaths associated with corona infection was thus 9,905, 30 more than the day before. According to RKI estimates, there are now about 306,100 convalescents. The Netherlands, on the other hand, is one of the countries in Europe most severely affected by the second wave of the pandemic. The number of patients in hospitals and intensive care units is also rising rapidly in the Netherlands.

Poland also has a record number of new corona infections. Within 24 hours, 12,107 new cases were reported, according to the Ministry of Health in Warsaw. During this period, 168 deaths related to Covid-19 disease were added. More than 4,000 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic. It is expected that the whole country will soon be declared a Red Zone, as the news agency PAP reported, citing government spokesman Piotr Mueller.

Croatia registered 1,563 new infections within 24 hours, with a positive rate of 22.7 percent. In Slovenia, a total of 1,663 new cases were recorded, and the test positivity rate rose to 26.8 percent, the authorities announced on Thursday. The country, which is already in partial lockdown, is now introducing further restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus. From Saturday onwards, non-essential stores, hotels, kindergartens and dormitories will remain closed with some exceptions, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa announced on Thursday evening. The additional restrictions will initially apply for one week.

According to Jansa, the coming week, when autumn vacations for school children are due, will be decisive in the fight against the corona virus. “This week will be extremely important in containing the spread of the epidemic,” the Slovenian prime minister said at a press conference. After a week, the government will decide whether to extend the restrictions or to ease them again.

Meanwhile, France is extending the night-time curfew to many other departments. A total of 54 departments are now affected, in which 46 million citizens live, said French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday. A French overseas territory is also affected. “The situation is serious, it is serious in Europe, it is serious in France”, warned Castex. The month of November will be tough. So far, there is a night curfew in the greater Paris area and eight other metropolises. Without good reason, people there have been forbidden to be on the streets between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. since the weekend.

In France, well over 40,000 people have become newly infected with the corona virus within 24 hours, more than ever before. Since Wednesday, 165 new deaths have been registered in hospitals, according to the data. With at least 34,210 corona deaths, France is one of the countries in Europe most affected by the pandemic in absolute figures. Almost one million people (999,043) have been infected with the novel pathogen so far.

— hp, Source: APA. Picture: stockilyapp.com

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