France reaches 2 million cases


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France on Tuesday became the first European country to surpass 2 million coronavirus cases.

France is fourth in the number of infections reported, with 2,036,755 and with a death toll topping 45,000 and ranks seventh in COVID-19 deaths globally. Despite the fewer daily cases, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has reached an all-time high, and France has the third-highest number of deaths in Europe after the United Kingdom and Italy.

Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 435 to 41,688 on Tuesday – the steepest daily increase in the second wave of contagion. The pressure on intensive care units across Spain diminished slightly for the first time after a long period of rises, with 32.3% of all ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, down from almost 33% on Monday.

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the government will impose tighter measures to respond to surging numbers of coronavirus patients and impose partial lockdowns at weekends across the country. “A lockdown restriction will be imposed outside the hours of 1000-2000 over the weekends in a way that will not disrupt supply and production chains,” Erdogan said. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan also said all schools will remain closed and continue online education until the year-end and all restaurants and cafes will only offer a delivery service.

The coronavirus situation in Germany is still very serious even though infection numbers are not rising so fast, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, after federal and state leaders postponed until Nov. 25 a decision on further lockdown measures.

Merkel said she would have preferred to have agreed stricter rules at a meeting with federal and state leaders on Monday, adding she was very worried about the uncontrolled spread of coronavirus in some places, including the capital Berlin.

“Infection numbers aren’t growing exponentially anymore, but are still far too high. So we have to reduce contacts, reduce contacts, reduce contacts,” Merkel told a business event organised by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.