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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 256,543 78.4 12,364,713
Brazil 169,485 80.9 6,087,608
India 134,218 9.9 9,177,840
Mexico 101,926 80.8 1,049,358
UK 55,230 82.3 1,527,495
Italy 50,453 83.2 1,431,795
France 48,732 75.0 2,140,208
Iran 45,255 55.3 866,821
Spain 43,131 92.4 1,582,616
Argentina 37,122 83.7 1,374,631
Russia 36,192 24.8 2,096,749
Peru 35,595 111.3 949,670
Colombia 35,479 71.4 1,254,979
South Africa 20,968 36.3 769,759
Indonesia 16,002 6.0 502,110
Belgium 15,755 137.2 559,902
Chile 15,106 80.7 542,080
Germany 14,460 17.4 946,822
Poland 13,774 36.3 876,333
Ecuador 13,225 77.4 185,944
Turkey 12,511 15.2 453,535
Iraq 11,996 31.2 537,457
Ukraine 11,611 26.2 665,729
Canada 11,570 31.2 340,731
Romania 10,177 52.2 422,852
Netherlands 8,948 52.5 489,979
Bolivia 8,916 78.5 144,034
Philippines 8,173 7.7 420,614
Pakistan 7,744 3.6 379,883
Czech Republic 7,360 69.0 496,638
Egypt 6,560 6.7 113,381
Bangladesh 6,416 4.0 449,760
Sweden 6,406 64.2 208,295
Saudi Arabia 5,796 17.2 355,489
Morocco 5,396 15.0 327,528
China 4,742 0.3 92,211
Switzerland 4,222 49.5 300,352
Guatemala 4,092 23.7 118,722
Portugal 3,971 38.7 264,802
Hungary 3,891 40.1 177,952
Bulgaria 3,069 43.5 124,966
Panama 2,973 71.2 155,658
Honduras 2,869 29.9 105,211
Tunisia 2,862 24.7 89,196
Israel 2,811 33.5 330,330
Austria 2,459 27.7 250,333
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,342 70.5 80,553
Dominican Republic 2,311 21.7 138,829
Jordan 2,302 23.1 188,410
Algeria 2,294 5.4 75,867
Moldova 2,169 53.5 98,418
Ireland 2,023 42.0 70,711
Armenia 2,002 67.8 127,522
Japan 1,949 1.5 134,846
Kazakhstan 1,945 10.6 126,182
Myanmar 1,765 3.3 80,505
Greece 1,714 16.3 93,006
Afghanistan 1,712 4.6 45,278
Paraguay 1,665 23.9 77,072
Ethiopia 1,651 1.5 106,203
Costa Rica 1,641 32.8 132,295
North Macedonia 1,546 74.2 55,127
Croatia 1,398 33.6 105,691
Kenya 1,392 2.7 77,785
Oman 1,386 28.7 122,356
Nepal 1,337 4.8 222,288
Kyrgyzstan 1,241 19.7 70,366
Serbia 1,237 17.7 126,187
Sudan 1,202 2.9 16,431
Nigeria 1,168 0.6 66,439
Azerbaijan 1,160 11.7 95,281
Belarus 1,104 11.7 125,482
Libya 1,102 16.5 78,473
Slovenia 1,097 52.8 65,778
El Salvador 1,086 16.9 37,884
Georgia 1,051 26.3 111,818
Kosovo 926 50.2 34,940
Lebanon 911 13.3 117,517
Australia 907 3.6 27,847
Venezuela 873 3.0 100,143
Kuwait 868 21.0 140,393
Denmark 789 13.7 71,654
Albania 716 24.8 33,556
Slovakia 693 12.7 96,472
Palestinian Territories 645 13.3 73,196
Yemen 609 2.1 2,107
Uzbekistan 604 1.9 71,847
United Arab Emirates 554 5.8 160,055
South Korea 510 1.0 31,353
Montenegro 444 70.7 31,618
Cameroon 435 1.7 23,842
Lithuania 392 14.0 48,226
Finland 384 7.0 21,936
Syria 380 2.2 7,295
Zambia 357 2.1 17,454
Bahrain 339 21.6 85,886
Malaysia 337 1.1 56,659
Angola 337 1.1 14,634
Senegal 330 2.1 15,897
DR Congo 329 0.4 12,278
Ghana 323 1.1 50,941
Norway 311 5.8 33,183
Luxembourg 273 45.2 31,111
Zimbabwe 273 1.9 9,308
Madagascar 251 1.0 17,341
Jamaica 239 8.1 10,343
Qatar 236 8.5 137,415
Haiti 232 2.1 9,224
Malawi 185 1.0 6,009
Uganda 181 0.4 18,165
Mauritania 169 3.8 8,167
Bahamas 163 42.3 7,431
Latvia 162 8.4 13,236
Nicaragua 159 2.5 5,725
Guyana 146 18.7 5,154
Mali 146 0.8 4,326
Namibia 145 5.9 13,897
Guadeloupe 144 36.0 8,225
Cuba 132 1.2 7,879
Ivory Coast 131 0.5 21,148
Mozambique 126 0.4 15,109
Gambia 123 5.4 3,726
Eswatini 120 10.6 6,233
Belize 120 31.3 5,249
Suriname 116 20.1 5,297
Trinidad and Tobago 115 8.3 6,475
Malta 113 25.7 9,004
Somalia 113 0.8 4,445
Cape Verde 104 19.1 10,302
Chad 101 0.7 1,648
Congo 93 1.8 5,632
Estonia 92 7.0 9,956
Sri Lanka 90 0.4 20,508
Tajikistan 86 0.9 11,932
Equatorial Guinea 85 6.5 5,137
Liberia 82 1.7 1,551
Andorra 76 98.7 6,304
Guinea 75 0.6 12,841
Sierra Leone 74 1.0 2,406
Uruguay 71 2.1 4,763
French Guiana 70 24.7 11,042
Niger 70 0.3 1,381
French Polynesia 68 24.5 13,286
Burkina Faso 68 0.3 2,754
Togo 64 0.8 2,854
Central African Republic 63 1.4 4,911
Djibouti 61 6.4 5,668
Thailand 60 0.1 3,922
South Sudan 60 0.5 3,047
Gabon 59 2.8 9,150
Mayotte 49 18.9 5,122
Channel Islands 48 28.2 1,094
Rwanda 47 0.4 5,726
Maldives 46 8.9 12,758
Aruba 45 42.5 4,737
Cyprus 44 3.7 8,947
Lesotho 44 2.1 2,086
San Marino 44 130.2 1,428
Benin 43 0.4 2,916
Guinea-Bissau 43 2.3 2,422
Martinique 37 9.8 4,732
Réunion 35 4.0 7,689
Vietnam 35 0.0 1,312
Botswana 31 1.4 9,992
Singapore 28 0.5 58,165
Iceland 26 7.7 5,289
New Zealand 25 0.5 2,031
Saint Martin 25 67.1 1,012
Isle of Man 25 29.7 369
Tanzania 21 0.0 509
Sao Tome and Principe 17 8.1 981
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
Liechtenstein 12 31.6 1,156
Mauritius 10 0.8 494
Bermuda 9 14.3 227
Papua New Guinea 7 0.1 630
Taiwan 7 0.0 618
Comoros 7 0.8 596
Barbados 7 2.4 260
Turks and Caicos Islands 6 15.9 746
Gibraltar 5 14.8 967
Antigua and Barbuda 4 4.2 139
Curaçao 3 1.8 1,773
Monaco 3 7.8 583
Brunei 3 0.7 149
Cayman Islands 2 3.1 265
Saint Lucia 2 1.1 223
Fiji 2 0.2 35
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2 9
Burundi 1 0.0 664
British Virgin Islands 1 3.4 71
Montserrat 1 20.0 13
Western Sahara 1 0.2 10
Mongolia 0 0.0 672
Eritrea 0 0.0 558
Faroe Islands 0 0.0 500
Bhutan 0 0.0 386
Cambodia 0 0.0 306
Seychelles 0 0.0 166
Saint Barthelemy 0 0.0 127
St Vincent and the Grenadines 0 0.0 84
Dominica 0 0.0 77
Grenada 0 0.0 41
New Caledonia 0 0.0 32
Timor-Leste 0 0.0 30
Vatican 0 0.0 27
Laos 0 0.0 25
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0.0 20
Greenland 0 0.0 18
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 0.0 16
Solomon Islands 0 0.0 16
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 16
Anguilla 0 0.0 4
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: 24 November 2020, 08:36 GMT

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