Covid-19 cases increased to record levels in Europe and America 3

Covid-19 cases increased to record levels in Europe and America 3

The US, France, and Italy saw a record increase in Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours in the context of Europe experiencing the second wave of the pandemic.

Covid-19-related deaths in Europe have exceeded 300,000 and the number of infections has also exceeded 12 million, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The US is still the most heavily affected country with 234,944 deaths, followed by Brazil with 161,736 people, India 124,985 people, Mexico 93,772 people and England 48,120 people.

Brazil reported 18,862 more confirmed cases of the virus in the past 24 hours and 279 deaths, the Health Ministry said.

Medical staff take care of Covid-19 patients at a hospital in Libourne, southwestern France on November 6.

In Europe, France reported an additional 60,486 cases, a record increase in one day, and 828 deaths, bringing infections and deaths to 1,661,853 and 39,865 respectively.

Italy plans to start a curfew from 10pm to 5am the next day nationwide as much of the country returns to a state of lockdown with `red zone` areas closing non-essential businesses, leaving 16 million people stranded.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on November 6 declared a state of medical emergency, effective from next week, to allow the government to impose additional restrictions to prevent Covid-19.

The government will hold an extraordinary cabinet meeting today to decide what type of measures will be imposed, possibly a night curfew or measuring people’s body temperatures at certain locations.

But unlike the first lockdown, schools remain open.

Russia recorded 9,798 deaths related to infection or suspected nCoV infection in September. The country also reported 20,582 cases of infection in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 1,733,440, of which 29,887 people died.

The Kremlin said it was still early to evaluate the effectiveness of measures to limit the epidemic without a blockade.

In recent months, Russians have said strict restrictions are not needed to prevent Covid-19, stressing that hygiene and safety precautions are key.

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