Countries across Europe are reporting record-high Covid-19 cases, as concerns are growing about hospital capacity and new lockdown restrictions imposed across the continent. Here̵7;s what you need to know:
According to the Robert-Koch-Institute, Germany has broken the record for the number of new daily coronavirus infections, recording more than 20,000 cases in a single day for the first time. Meanwhile, the number of people in need of special care by Covid-19 has doubled in the past 10 days, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday.
The regions of Italy hit hardest by the second wave of coronavirus entered a new shutdown on Friday after the country counted the highest daily deaths and infections the day before. Residents of the “red zone” – Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta and Calabria – can only leave their homes for necessities, health or work. All of Italy places a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nationwide, with bars and restaurants closing at 6 p.m., while some regions face harsher restrictions .
Italy reported 35,505 new cases and 445 deaths on Thursday, bringing the total to 824,879 cases and 40,192 deaths, according to Health Ministry data.
In neighboring France, Paris also announced stricter measures when it reported a record 58,046 new cases on Thursday, according to French health authorities. The country has the highest number of cases in Europe, with 1.6 million cases.
On Wednesday, the UK recorded the second largest increase in coronavirus infections every day since the pandemic started. The next day, Britain entered its second lockout – requiring everyone to stay home in most cases – and at least 104 people were arrested during an anti-lockout rally in London on Thursday night. .
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced Greece will enter a three-week national lockout period on Saturday after reporting nearly 10,000 new cases over five days, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday. The new restrictions require Greeks to text authorities before leaving their homes, and the high schools will close.
The Danish government announced new restrictions in seven cities after scientists there identified a mutant line of coronavirus associated with weasel populations. According to the government, the mutant form of the virus has been passed on to humans. On Thursday, the government announced that dinner restaurants, pubs, cultural venues and public transport would be closed in the affected cities. People linked to mink farm operations are being encouraged to check in every three to four days.
Russia reported 20,582 new coronavirus infections on Friday, the highest number it has ever reported in a day, according to data from its coronavirus response center. Russia has recorded a total of 1,733,440 cases, with at least 29,887 officially reported deaths. Last week, Russia’s health regulator imposed a nationwide ban on masks.