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Virus to stay 'at least until next summer' - France's Macron

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image captionMany infectious people are in the streets without knowing it, a French hospital boss has warned

French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will be fighting the virus until at least the middle of next year as cases there surged past a million.

On Friday France recorded more than 40,000 new cases and 298 deaths. Other nations including Russia, Poland, Italy and Switzerland also saw new highs.

The World Health Organization said the spike in European cases was a critical moment in the fight against the virus.

It called for quick action to prevent health services being overwhelmed.

Daily infections in Europe have more than doubled in the past 10 days. The continent has now seen a total of 7.8m cases and about 247,000 deaths.

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"The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Globally there have been more than 42m cases and 1.1m deaths.

Scientists have warned that although progress is being made at unprecedented speed to create a vaccine, it would not return life to normal in spring. A vaccine could take up to a year to roll out, they have suggested.

What is happening in France?

Speaking on a visit to a hospital in the Paris region, Mr Macron said scientists were telling him that they believed the virus would be present "at best until next summer", he said.

But he said it was still too early to say whether France would go into a new full or partial lockdown.

An overnight curfew in the country is being extended to about two-thirds of the country - 46 million people - from Friday night for six weeks.

The curfew could be relaxed when new infections dropped back down to between 3,000 and 5,000 a day, Mr Macron said - a level of infection that was last seen at the end of August.

Meanwhile the head of a Paris hospital group warned that the second wave of infections could be worse than the first.

"There has been a perception in recent months that a second wave does not exist, or that it is a small wave. The situation is the opposite," Martin Hirsch, the head of the AP-HP hospital group, told local media.

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image captionPeople in much of France must be home by 21:00 local time from Friday

Many of those currently in intensive care in his hospitals were older people who had been self-isolating but had become infected when their children visited them, Mr Hirsch said.

"There are many positive people, infectious, in the streets without knowing it and without anyone else knowing it," he added.

Covid patients currently occupy nearly half of France's 5,000 intensive care beds.

And Prime Minister Jean Castex said a further influx of patients was likely - "The new cases of today are the hospitalised patients of tomorrow. The month of November will be difficult," he said.

What about Spain?

Earlier this week Spain became the first EU country to record a million cases - but on Friday Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the "real number" of cases was probably more than three million.

Mr Sánchez urged Spaniards to show "determination, social discipline and the necessary union" but did not announce any new measures to combat the spread of the virus.

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

The health minister and some regional governments have urged Mr Sánchez to impose an overnight curfew but other regional administrations have been reluctant, fearing the economic impact.

The prime minister - whose Socialist party does not have a majority in parliament - says a nationwide curfew would require a new state of emergency and he wants all regional governments to agree before taking this step.

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image captionSpain's La Rioja region has high rates of infection and has been closed off for 15 days

A two-week partial lockdown on Madrid - which had been resisted by city officials - is due to end on Saturday and the city will then ban households from meeting indoors between midnight and 06:00. Capacity in bars will be limited to 50%.

Meanwhile the regions of Castilla y León and Valencia are to impose their own curfews and the southern region of Andalucía is to bring a curfew in in the city of Granada.

However, Mr Sánchez said the current situation was not comparable to March, when the central government imposed a strict lockdown. The median age of those infected has also fallen.

Elsewhere in Europe:

  • Poland's President Andrzej Duda, 48, has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well, according to a presidential minister. The country has entered a nationwide "red zone" lockdown that includes the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants
  • In Italy, hundreds of people have protested against coronavirus restrictions in the southern city of Naples, with some throwing smoke bombs and projectiles at police. An overnight curfew has been imposed in the Campania region in response to spiralling infections. The regional president has called for a national lockdown
  • Switzerland recorded a daily record of 6,634 new cases. Tighter nationwide restrictions are expected next week, but are not expected to include school closures
  • Russia registered 17,340 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record
  • Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called on Health Minister Roman Prymula to resign after a tabloid newspaper published photos of him emerging late at night, without a mask, from a restaurant that was supposed to be shut
  • The rate of transmission is increasing in Germany, with 11,424 new cases in a day, according to the country's public health body the Robert Koch Institute
  • The Netherlands has begun transferring patients to Germany as its own hospitals have come under strain
  • Portugal is imposing a lockdown on three northern districts, affecting 150,000 people - and the whole country will have restrictions on movement for next week's holiday weekend
  • Greece 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

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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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