Virus cases rise across Europe, S Korea

Panicked Europe battens down against COVID second wave

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Thursday morning that London will move from stage 1 "medium" to stage 2 "high" coronavirus limit alert levels.

Rome has already enacted strict rules to control the resurgence of the virus, including the end of parties, amateur football matches and snacks at bars at night. Private gatherings at homes with more than six people who do not live together are also discouraged.

Ally Lilly, a USA pharmaceutical firm, said it had suspended the Phase 3 trial of antibody treatment due to an unknown incident, the second time Johnson and Johnson had had a similar problem with a vaccine candidate in less than 24 hours. "The only solution is to put a brake (on the spread of virus)", he said.

"The Prime Minister needs to strike a balance between protecting people's lives and the NHS (National Health Service) from the virus, while prioritizing things that are important to us as a society, such as education and the employment of as many people as possible" Community Secretary Robert Jenrick told the BBC on Tuesday that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom has more than tripled in the past three weeks, and infection rates have increased across all ages and regions.

He also called for greater action on a national scale and reaffirmed his support for a "circuit breaker" lockdown. But the authors cautioned that it was not an expectation of the lives that would be saved because "worst-case scenarios would never be allowed to continue without intervention".

This week has seen the Netherlands close bars and restaurants and the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland close down schools. Tighter restrictions in northern England and Northern Ireland have prompted similar emotions there.

"About 80% of all countries in Europe are seeing growth in Covid-19 cases", said Maria Van Kerkhove, head of technology at the World Health Organization on Coronavirus (WHO), in CNN's "New Day".

At a press conference in Copenhagen, the WHO's regional director for Europe Hans Kluge told reporters it was time to "step up the measures" as rising case numbers on the continent were of "great concern".

Under the criteria, most of European Union regions would be either red or orange.

The regional chief said the model underscored the idea that the pandemic would not reverse on its own, but people could influence its course by "proportional and target response". German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed an appeal to citizens to abide by hygiene and distancing rules and avoid groups.

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In Germany, politicians are debating whether to extend the Christmas-New Year break to reduce contagion among children spreading to the wider community, though critics say there is no evidence that schools have been infection hot spots.

European daily infections have been running at an average of nearly 100,000 a day, forcing governments to introduce a range of tightening restrictions, each attempting to calibrate them in order to protect health without destroying livelihoods.

The restrictions will be evaluated in the next 10 days to see if they have slowed the virus rate. Merkel also urged young people in Germany to "do it without a party".

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in France over the past 24 hours has exceeded 30,000 for the first time, official data showed on Thursday. The second-highest daily increase was 6,294 on March 28.

Germany has also registered 33 new deaths over the past 24 hours, adding a total of 9,710 deaths, RKI added. The Czech Health Ministry said the country, with a population of over 10 million, confirmed 9,544 new cases on Wednesday - over 900 more than the previous record, set less than a week ago. According to CNN's analysis of Belgium's figures, the rolling average rose from 3,433 new cases a day to 5,421 between October 4 and October 11.

"We have to build extra capacity as soon as possible", Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

Russian Federation has reported 286 deaths from the corona virus in the past 24 hours, according to the country's Corona virus response center released on Thursday. Russian officials say the total number of deaths is now 23,491, but the figure is likely to be even higher due to the way the state calculates mortality and reports of high excess mortality this year.

France will deploy 12,000 police officers to enforce the curfew and will spend an additional 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to help businesses hit by the new restrictions.

Italy, so far spared the worst of the second wave, on Wednesday also recorded its biggest single-day jump in infections since the start of the pandemic.

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