Countries face more challenges as Covid-19 spread intensifies

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The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States approached over 200,000 and European countries mulled tightening restrictions to curb a sharp resurgence in cases.

In Spain, Madrid’s regional government chief requested the army’s help to fight the coronavirus surge in the Spanish capital. Meanwhile Greece reported 453 new cases of COVID-19 infections, a new daily record since the start of the outbreak in the country. Up to 200,000 Hungarians could become simultaneously infected with coronavirus under the government’s worst-case scenario, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told parliament.

Italy

Italy has registered 1,350 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday. That was down from 1,587 new cases on Sunday. The infection figure for Monday is often lower than for other days of the week because fewer swabs are taken on a Sunday. Indeed, Monday’s figure stemmed from 83,428 stabs, down by around 28,000 from the previous day. It should also be considered that the region of Abruzzo’s data did not arrive in time to be included in Monday’s national figures. The ministry said 17 COVID-19 sufferers have died here in the last 24 hours, up from 15 on Sunday. Italy’s coronavirus death toll is now 35,724.

UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was pondering a second national lockdown as an accelerating outbreak threatened to destroy any shoots of economic recovery and send millions back into isolation.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic recorded 1,476 new coronavirus cases on Monday, up from 985 on Sunday, data from the Health Ministry showed on Tuesday. Weekend numbers are typically lower due to fewer tests done than on weekdays. The overall number of confirmed cases rose to 50,764 in the country of 10.7 million.

USA

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States was approaching over 200,000 on Monday, by the far the highest number of any nation. The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. During the early months of the pandemic, 200,000 deaths was regarded by many as the maximum number of lives likely to be lost in the United States to the virus. Now the country could reach that point late Monday or on Tuesday. With cases rising again in both the United States and Europe, Wall Street fell to a seven-week low at one point on Monday on fears of renewed lockdown measures, before paring losses.