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The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded 350,000 new cases in a single day on Friday – the highest daily total since the pandemic began.
Europe now reports more daily infections than the US, Brazil and India – the countries that have been driving global case numbers for months. Here’s the latest:
Germany: Germany reported a further increase in numbers on Saturday with 4,721 more coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 319,381.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the German health institute, there were 15 more deaths, making a total of 9,604.
UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce new coronavirus restrictions on Monday as the government tries to stem a surge in new cases. The UK recorded 13,864 new cases on Friday, which is lower than the previous 24 hours. However, there has been a strong upward trend in the past few weeks.
Czech Republic: According to the health ministry, the country saw another big surge in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 8,618 new cases. That is 3,224 more than on Thursday.
A total of 31,321 new cases were registered in the country last week. Although the largest increase was in the capital Prague, almost all Czech regions have record numbers. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the Czech Republic remains the hardest hit country per capita in Europe.
France: Health officials in Lille, northern France, are calling on local hospitals to cancel operations as they fear a bottleneck in the intensive care unit for the elderly after new cases of Covid emerged. France recorded 20,339 new cases of the virus on Friday, the highest daily total since the outbreak began.