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Coronavirus: France extends overnight curfew as cases surge

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image captionThe curfew is already in place in Paris and eight other major cities

France will extend an overnight curfew to dozens more areas in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced.

"The second wave is now under way," he said, shortly before the country announced a record 41,622 new cases.

The 21:00 to 06:00 curfew will come into force at midnight on Friday, and some 46 million people will now be affected by the measure.

Countries around Europe are struggling with rising infection rates.

France, Italy, Spain and the UK are all hotspots.

"The coming weeks will be hard and the number of deaths will continue to rise," Mr Castex told a press conference on Thursday. Over the last 24 hours France recorded 162 more deaths.

"If we fail to stop the pandemic, we will be facing a dire situation and we will have to mull much tougher measures," he added.

"We still have time to avoid that but we don't have much time," he said.

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The prime minister's announcement came less than a week after the same curfew was applied to the Paris region and eight other cities, including Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse.

The restrictions will be extended to 38 more administrative departments as well as the overseas territory of Polynesia, and will remain in place for six weeks.

media captionGavin Lee reports from the epicentre of Europe's second wave, which is in Belgium

The overnight curfew has drawn complaints from restaurant owners, whose businesses are already suffering after the two-month lockdown in the spring.

But President Emmanuel Macron has said they are necessary to avoid the risk of hospitals being overrun.

France has reported more than 20,000 new cases over the past six days, and the total number of confirmed infections now stands at nearly one million.

Elsewhere in Europe:

New "level 5" rules have come into force in Ireland - the highest level of Covid restrictions there. Its five million people have been ordered to stay at home for six weeks

A second lockdown is in force in the Czech Republic which is facing a big surge in cases. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the harsh restrictions were needed to avoid hospitals being overwhelmed

Slovakia is closing schools until 27 November, imposing a week-long lockdown on its four most affected districts, a partial lockdown on the rest of the country, and embarking on two rounds of testing for the whole population, PM Igor Matovic said on Thursday

Greece's prime minister has declared a night curfew in Athens and other areas. It will come into force from Saturday and applies between 00:30 and 05:00

Germany has announced a record 11,287 daily number of infections. Health Minister Jens Spahn has himself caught coronavirus. The country also added the UK to its list of high risk countries from which visitors must quarantine

In the UK, officials announced that the urban areas of Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough would move into tier two restrictions on Saturday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in all of these areas the infection rate was over 100 per 100,000 people

Italy's Lazio region around Rome has joined two other Italian regions in declaring overnight curfews. Lombardy in the north starts its curfew at 23:00 (21:00GMT) on Thursday, and Campania and Lazio will follow suit on Friday. Prof Walter Ricciardi, who advises the government on health, has warned that "some metropolitan areas like Milan, Naples and probably Rome are already out of control"

Spain is the first EU country to record one million infections and the northern region of Navarre has imposed restrictions on movement. The Rioja wine region says it will do the same

Belgium's 45-year-old Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes has been admitted to intensive care after testing positive for Covid-19 last week. Her spokeswoman said she was in a "stable" condition. Meanwhile, health workers have raised concerns over the rising number of cases in the country, with the head of a coronavirus testing centre in the city of Liège warning that the "situation is close to catastrophe"

The Netherlands may begin transferring patients to Germany within two days as its health system faces increasing strain from coronavirus admissions, the hospital association LNAZ said. The Netherlands also registered more than 9,000 new cases in a new daily record

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*Deaths per 100,000 people

US 266,846 81.6 13,480,283
Brazil 173,120 82.6 6,335,878
India 137,621 10.2 9,462,809
Mexico 105,940 84.0 1,113,543
UK 58,448 87.1 1,629,657
Italy 55,576 91.7 1,601,554
France 52,325 80.5 2,218,483
Iran 48,246 59.0 962,070
Spain 45,069 96.5 1,648,187
Russia 39,491 27.1 2,275,936
Argentina 38,730 87.3 1,424,533
Colombia 36,766 74.0 1,316,806
Peru 35,923 112.3 962,530
South Africa 21,535 37.3 790,004
Poland 17,150 45.2 990,811
Indonesia 16,945 6.3 538,883
Germany 16,694 20.1 1,070,092
Belgium 16,645 145.0 577,345
Chile 15,410 82.3 551,743
Turkey 13,746 16.7 638,847
Ecuador 13,461 78.8 192,685
Ukraine 12,952 29.3 764,841
Iraq 12,258 31.9 552,549
Canada 12,147 32.8 381,557
Romania 11,331 58.1 475,362
Netherlands 9,379 55.0 523,640
Bolivia 8,957 78.9 144,708
Philippines 8,392 7.9 431,630
Czech Republic 8,295 77.8 523,298
Pakistan 8,091 3.8 400,482
Sweden 6,681 67.0 243,129
Egypt 6,650 6.8 115,911
Bangladesh 6,644 4.1 464,932
Saudi Arabia 5,896 17.5 357,360
Morocco 5,846 16.2 356,336
Hungary 4,823 49.7 217,122
Switzerland 4,815 56.5 327,072
China 4,743 0.3 92,902
Portugal 4,505 43.9 298,061
Guatemala 4,171 24.2 122,062
Bulgaria 4,035 57.2 145,300
Tunisia 3,260 28.2 96,769
Austria 3,184 35.8 282,456
Panama 3,079 73.7 165,806
Honduras 2,918 30.4 108,253
Israel 2,865 34.2 336,846
Jordan 2,751 27.6 219,430
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,681 80.7 87,901
Algeria 2,431 5.8 83,199
Greece 2,406 22.9 105,271
Dominican Republic 2,331 21.9 143,988
Moldova 2,304 56.9 107,364
Armenia 2,193 74.3 135,967
Japan 2,082 1.6 149,645
Ireland 2,053 42.6 72,544
Kazakhstan 1,990 10.9 132,348
Myanmar 1,941 3.6 90,713
Croatia 1,786 43.0 128,442
Afghanistan 1,774 4.8 46,498
North Macedonia 1,763 84.6 61,878
Paraguay 1,756 25.2 82,424
Costa Rica 1,726 34.5 139,638
Ethiopia 1,706 1.6 110,074
Serbia 1,604 23.0 175,438
Nepal 1,508 5.4 233,452
Kenya 1,469 2.9 83,618
Slovenia 1,435 69.1 75,814
Oman 1,423 29.5 123,699
Azerbaijan 1,392 14.0 121,176
Georgia 1,303 32.6 139,343
Kyrgyzstan 1,275 20.2 73,178
Sudan 1,249 3.0 17,810
Libya 1,183 17.7 82,809
Nigeria 1,173 0.6 67,557
Belarus 1,158 12.3 136,647
El Salvador 1,114 17.4 38,405
Lebanon 1,018 14.8 127,944
Kosovo 1,016 55.1 39,596
Australia 908 3.6 27,912
Venezuela 897 3.1 102,394
Kuwait 880 21.3 142,635
Slovakia 839 15.4 105,929
Denmark 837 14.6 80,481
Albania 810 28.1 38,182
Palestinian Territories 732 15.1 85,647
Yemen 619 2.2 2,191
Uzbekistan 610 1.9 73,094
United Arab Emirates 572 5.9 168,860
South Korea 526 1.0 34,652
Lithuania 506 18.1 61,325
Montenegro 499 79.5 35,265
Cameroon 437 1.7 24,445
Syria 417 2.5 7,887
Finland 399 7.2 24,912
Malaysia 360 1.1 65,697
Zambia 357 2.1 17,647
Angola 348 1.1 15,139
Bahrain 341 21.7 86,956
Senegal 333 2.1 16,089
DR Congo 333 0.4 12,772
Norway 332 6.2 36,150
Ghana 323 1.1 51,667
Luxembourg 321 53.1 34,678
Zimbabwe 277 1.9 10,034
Jamaica 257 8.8 10,763
Madagascar 251 1.0 17,341
Qatar 237 8.5 138,833
Haiti 233 2.1 9,294
Latvia 206 10.7 17,075
Uganda 205 0.5 20,459
Malawi 185 1.0 6,028
Mauritania 177 4.0 8,601
Bahamas 163 42.3 7,541
Nicaragua 160 2.5 5,784
Mali 156 0.8 4,710
Namibia 151 6.2 14,380
Guyana 151 19.4 5,406
Guadeloupe 149 37.3 8,344
Belize 148 38.6 5,854
Malta 137 31.2 9,873
Cuba 135 1.2 8,284
Ivory Coast 132 0.5 21,331
Mozambique 131 0.4 15,701
Gambia 123 5.4 3,742
Eswatini 122 10.7 6,419
Trinidad and Tobago 120 8.6 6,669
Sri Lanka 118 0.6 23,987
Estonia 118 8.9 12,308
Suriname 117 20.3 5,312
Somalia 113 0.8 4,451
Cape Verde 105 19.3 10,761
Chad 101 0.7 1,688
Congo 94 1.8 5,774
Tajikistan 86 0.9 12,194
Equatorial Guinea 85 6.5 5,153
Liberia 83 1.7 1,595
Uruguay 77 2.2 5,857
Guinea 76 0.6 13,119
Andorra 76 98.7 6,745
French Polynesia 75 27.0 14,372
Sierra Leone 74 1.0 2,412
Niger 72 0.3 1,548
French Guiana 70 24.7 11,204
Burkina Faso 68 0.3 2,886
Togo 64 0.8 2,974
Central African Republic 63 1.4 4,913
Djibouti 61 6.4 5,679
South Sudan 61 0.6 3,109
Gabon 60 2.8 9,214
Thailand 60 0.1 4,008
Cyprus 49 4.1 10,565
Rwanda 49 0.4 5,934
Mayotte 49 18.9 5,181
Channel Islands 48 28.2 1,299
Maldives 46 8.9 13,011
San Marino 46 136.2 1,612
Aruba 45 42.5 4,845
Guinea-Bissau 44 2.3 2,441
Lesotho 44 2.1 2,109
Benin 43 0.4 3,015
Réunion 40 4.5 8,054
Martinique 40 10.6 5,413
Vietnam 35 0.0 1,347
Botswana 34 1.5 10,742
Singapore 29 0.5 58,218
Iceland 26 7.7 5,392
New Zealand 25 0.5 2,059
Saint Martin 25 67.1 1,066
Isle of Man 25 29.7 369
Tanzania 21 0.0 509
Sao Tome and Principe 17 8.1 991
Liechtenstein 16 42.2 1,270
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
Mauritius 10 0.8 504
Bermuda 9 14.3 260
Taiwan 7 0.0 675
Papua New Guinea 7 0.1 656
Comoros 7 0.8 611
Barbados 7 2.4 276
Turks and Caicos Islands 6 15.9 748
Gibraltar 5 14.8 1,020
Curaçao 4 2.5 2,379
Antigua and Barbuda 4 4.2 141
Monaco 3 7.8 609
Brunei 3 0.7 150
Cayman Islands 2 3.1 274
Saint Lucia 2 1.1 259
Fiji 2 0.2 42
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2 9
Burundi 1 0.0 688
Saint Barthelemy 1 10.2 147
British Virgin Islands 1 3.4 71
Montserrat 1 20.0 13
Western Sahara 1 0.2 10
Mongolia 0 0.0 801
Eritrea 0 0.0 577
Faroe Islands 0 0.0 503
Bhutan 0 0.0 410
Cambodia 0 0.0 326
Seychelles 0 0.0 183
St Vincent and the Grenadines 0 0.0 85
Dominica 0 0.0 85
Grenada 0 0.0 41
Laos 0 0.0 39
New Caledonia 0 0.0 33
Timor-Leste 0 0.0 30
Vatican 0 0.0 27
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0.0 22
Greenland 0 0.0 18
Solomon Islands 0 0.0 17
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 0.0 16
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 16
Anguilla 0 0.0 6
Marshall Islands 0 0.0 4
Vanuatu 0 0.0 1

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This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

** The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average. Due to revisions in the number of cases, an average cannot be calculated for this date.

Source: Johns Hopkins University, national public health agencies and UN population data

Figures last updated: 1 December 2020, 08:29 GMT

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