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France records sharp rise in Covid-19 deaths as Europe tightens restrictions

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 20:13

The number of confirmed new Covid-19 cases and deaths in France rose sharply in the last 24 hours, according to French health ministry data published Saturday as a number of European countries announced new restrictions to stem a deadly second wave.

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France registered 32,095 new Covid-19 cases over the previous 24 hours to reach a total of 1,954,599. Deaths in hospitals in France from Covid-19 rose by 359 over the previous 24 hours to reach a total of 44,246 so far, according to French health ministry figures.

The rise in infections and deaths in France came as a swathe of new restrictions were announced or came into force in a number of European countries.

Schools closing in Austria and Greece

Austria on Saturday announced schools and non-essential shops would close from Tuesday, just two weeks after a partial lockdown was imposed.

"There are still many who say that infections don't happen at school, in shops or servi..

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WHO dashboard documents record daily Covid-19 cases

Issued on: 15/11/2020 – 22:27

The World Health Organization's coronavirus dashboard on Sunday showed a record daily number of new Covid-19 cases over the weekend as France registered 27,228 new cases and a further 302 deaths over the past 24 hours, according to health ministry data.

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The WHO's figures for Saturday showed that 660,905 coronavirus cases were reported to the UN health agency, setting a new high watermark.

That number, and the 645,410 registered on Friday, surpassed the previous daily record high of 614,013 recorded on November 7.

Within Saturday's new case numbers, the WHO's Americas region registered a one-day record high of 269,225 new confirmed cases.

Within each week, the pattern of cases being reported to the WHO tends to peak towards Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and dip around Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to the WHO's figures, there have been more than 53.7 million confirmed cases of the disease in total s..

Dutch police arrest couple trying to flee quarantine for Spain
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Dutch police arrest couple trying to flee quarantine for Spain

Dutch military police say they have arrested a married couple who left a hotel where they were in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 and were attempting to flee the country. The couple were arrested “in an airplane that was about to depart”, the police force, known as the Marechaussee, said in a statement. It...

Merkel’s husband hits out at ‘laziness’ of unvaccinated Germans
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Merkel’s husband hits out at ‘laziness’ of unvaccinated Germans

Angela Merkel’s husband has accused unvaccinated Germans of “laziness”, amid calls for the introduction of mandatory coronavirus jabs to combat a dramatic rise in infections. Germany’s Covid-19 resurgence has in part been blamed on its vaccination rate of 68%, which is relatively low compared with western European nations such as France, Italy and Spain. “It...

EU agrees new sanctions against Belarus over border crisis
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EU agrees new sanctions against Belarus over border crisis

The EU has agreed on new sanctions against Belarus targeting “everyone involved” in facilitating the transport of people to Belarus’s border with Poland, where thousands are stuck in makeshift camps in freezing weather. The EU accuses Alexander Lukashenko’s regime of waging a “hybrid attack” against the bloc by allowing people from the Middle East who are desperate to reach...

Germany urges unity as crisis worsens for migrants at Poland-Belarus border
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Germany urges unity as crisis worsens for migrants at Poland-Belarus border

Germany needs to get the “whole of the democratic world” onboard to support orderly immigration to Europe, its interior minister has said, amid a worsening crisis at the Poland-Belarus border. Horst Seehofer accused Belarus and Russia of exploiting refugees and migrants in an attempt to destabilise the west, and said EU countries must stand together...

Nicolas Sarkozy refuses to answer questions at trial of former aides
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Nicolas Sarkozy refuses to answer questions at trial of former aides

Nicolas Sarkozy has appeared in court as the first former French president to be ordered to testify as a witness – but refused point blank to answer any questions. “It is an essential principle of democracies known as the separation of powers, and as president of the Republic I do not have to account for...

Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale
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Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale

A sprawling villa in Rome containing the only ceiling mural ever painted by the Italian master Caravaggio is being put up for sale for almost €500m (£422m). The 2.75-metre wide painting Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte in the 16th century to adorn the ceiling in what was his...

EU ‘close to the end of the road’ over Northern Ireland protocol
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EU ‘close to the end of the road’ over Northern Ireland protocol

The EU is close to the end of the road with the UK over the Northern Ireland protocol, accusing David Frost, the Brexit minister, of trying to undermine serious attempts to solve the problem, the Irish foreign minister has said. Simon Coveney said he had spoken to Lord Frost’s counterpart, the European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, on Sunday. They...

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row
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Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

France has said it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build...