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Virus to stay 'at least until next summer' - France's Macron

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image captionMany infectious people are in the streets without knowing it, a French hospital boss has warned

French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will be fighting the virus until at least the middle of next year as cases there surged past a million.

On Friday France recorded more than 40,000 new cases and 298 deaths. Other nations including Russia, Poland, Italy and Switzerland also saw new highs.

The World Health Organization said the spike in European cases was a critical moment in the fight against the virus.

It called for quick action to prevent health services being overwhelmed.

Daily infections in Europe have more than doubled in the past 10 days. The continent has now seen a total of 7.8m cases and about 247,000 deaths.

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"The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Globally there have been more than 42m cases and 1.1m deaths.

Scientists have warned that although progress is being made at unprecedented speed to create a vaccine, it would not return life to normal in spring. A vaccine could take up to a year to roll out, they have suggested.

What is happening in France?

Speaking on a visit to a hospital in the Paris region, Mr Macron said scientists were telling him that they believed the virus would be present "at best until next summer", he said.

But he said it was still too early to say whether France would go into a new full or partial lockdown.

An overnight curfew in the country is being extended to about two-thirds of the country - 46 million people - from Friday night for six weeks.

The curfew could be relaxed when new infections dropped back down to between 3,000 and 5,000 a day, Mr Macron said - a level of infection that was last seen at the end of August.

Meanwhile the head of a Paris hospital group warned that the second wave of infections could be worse than the first.

"There has been a perception in recent months that a second wave does not exist, or that it is a small wave. The situation is the opposite," Martin Hirsch, the head of the AP-HP hospital group, told local media.

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image captionPeople in much of France must be home by 21:00 local time from Friday

Many of those currently in intensive care in his hospitals were older people who had been self-isolating but had become infected when their children visited them, Mr Hirsch said.

"There are many positive people, infectious, in the streets without knowing it and without anyone else knowing it," he added.

Covid patients currently occupy nearly half of France's 5,000 intensive care beds.

And Prime Minister Jean Castex said a further influx of patients was likely - "The new cases of today are the hospitalised patients of tomorrow. The month of November will be difficult," he said.

What about Spain?

Earlier this week Spain became the first EU country to record a million cases - but on Friday Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the "real number" of cases was probably more than three million.

Mr Sánchez urged Spaniards to show "determination, social discipline and the necessary union" but did not announce any new measures to combat the spread of the virus.

media captionGavin Lee reports from the epicentre of Europe's second wave, which is in Belgium

The health minister and some regional governments have urged Mr Sánchez to impose an overnight curfew but other regional administrations have been reluctant, fearing the economic impact.

The prime minister - whose Socialist party does not have a majority in parliament - says a nationwide curfew would require a new state of emergency and he wants all regional governments to agree before taking this step.

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image captionSpain's La Rioja region has high rates of infection and has been closed off for 15 days

A two-week partial lockdown on Madrid - which had been resisted by city officials - is due to end on Saturday and the city will then ban households from meeting indoors between midnight and 06:00. Capacity in bars will be limited to 50%.

Meanwhile the regions of Castilla y León and Valencia are to impose their own curfews and the southern region of Andalucía is to bring a curfew in in the city of Granada.

However, Mr Sánchez said the current situation was not comparable to March, when the central government imposed a strict lockdown. The median age of those infected has also fallen.

Elsewhere in Europe:

  • Poland's President Andrzej Duda, 48, has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well, according to a presidential minister. The country has entered a nationwide "red zone" lockdown that includes the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants
  • In Italy, hundreds of people have protested against coronavirus restrictions in the southern city of Naples, with some throwing smoke bombs and projectiles at police. An overnight curfew has been imposed in the Campania region in response to spiralling infections. The regional president has called for a national lockdown
  • Switzerland recorded a daily record of 6,634 new cases. Tighter nationwide restrictions are expected next week, but are not expected to include school closures
  • Russia registered 17,340 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record
  • Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called on Health Minister Roman Prymula to resign after a tabloid newspaper published photos of him emerging late at night, without a mask, from a restaurant that was supposed to be shut
  • The rate of transmission is increasing in Germany, with 11,424 new cases in a day, according to the country's public health body the Robert Koch Institute
  • The Netherlands has begun transferring patients to Germany as its own hospitals have come under strain
  • Portugal is imposing a lockdown on three northern districts, affecting 150,000 people - and the whole country will have restrictions on movement for next week's holiday weekend
  • Greece has declared a night curfew in Athens and other areas. It will come into force from Saturday and applies between 00:30 and 05:00

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*Deaths per 100,000 people

US 262,254 80.2 12,826,395
Brazil 171,460 81.9 6,204,220
India 135,715 10.0 9,309,787
Mexico 104,242 82.6 1,078,594
UK 57,031 84.9 1,574,562
Italy 52,850 87.2 1,509,875
France 50,618 77.9 2,170,097
Iran 46,689 57.1 908,346
Spain 44,374 95.0 1,617,355
Argentina 37,941 85.5 1,399,431
Russia 37,688 25.9 2,169,424
Colombia 36,019 72.5 1,280,487
Peru 35,685 111.6 952,439
South Africa 21,289 36.8 778,571
Indonesia 16,352 6.1 516,753
Belgium 16,219 141.3 567,532
Germany 15,640 18.8 1,017,830
Poland 15,568 41.1 941,112
Chile 15,235 81.3 545,662
Ecuador 13,316 77.9 188,138
Turkey 13,014 15.8 503,738
Ukraine 12,283 27.8 711,973
Iraq 12,125 31.5 544,670
Canada 11,818 31.9 356,650
Romania 10,712 54.9 449,349
Netherlands 9,187 53.9 503,284
Bolivia 8,939 78.7 144,390
Philippines 8,242 7.7 424,297
Pakistan 7,897 3.7 389,311
Czech Republic 7,779 72.9 511,520
Sweden 6,622 66.4 236,355
Egypt 6,596 6.7 114,475
Bangladesh 6,524 4.0 456,438
Saudi Arabia 5,840 17.3 356,389
Morocco 5,619 15.6 340,684
China 4,742 0.3 92,488
Switzerland 4,509 52.9 313,978
Hungary 4,229 43.6 192,047
Portugal 4,209 41.0 280,394
Guatemala 4,133 24.0 120,685
Bulgaria 3,529 50.0 136,628
Tunisia 3,034 26.2 92,475
Panama 3,018 72.3 160,287
Honduras 2,892 30.2 106,681
Israel 2,834 33.8 333,443
Austria 2,773 31.2 266,038
Jordan 2,509 25.2 203,021
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,480 74.6 84,252
Algeria 2,352 5.6 79,110
Dominican Republic 2,317 21.8 140,922
Moldova 2,229 55.0 102,894
Armenia 2,090 70.8 132,346
Ireland 2,036 42.3 71,494
Greece 2,001 19.0 99,306
Japan 1,996 1.6 140,225
Kazakhstan 1,990 10.9 129,213
Myanmar 1,846 3.4 85,205
Afghanistan 1,737 4.7 45,716
Paraguay 1,704 24.5 79,517
Costa Rica 1,679 33.6 135,742
Ethiopia 1,672 1.5 107,669
North Macedonia 1,630 78.3 58,608
Croatia 1,552 37.3 115,626
Kenya 1,427 2.8 80,102
Nepal 1,412 5.0 227,640
Oman 1,391 28.8 122,579
Serbia 1,366 19.6 148,214
Azerbaijan 1,256 12.6 106,101
Kyrgyzstan 1,256 19.9 71,548
Slovenia 1,245 59.9 71,073
Sudan 1,215 2.9 16,864
Nigeria 1,169 0.6 66,974
Georgia 1,161 29.0 123,470
Libya 1,140 17.1 80,407
Belarus 1,128 11.9 130,012
El Salvador 1,098 17.1 37,884
Lebanon 974 14.2 122,200
Kosovo 963 52.2 37,028
Australia 907 3.6 27,873
Venezuela 884 3.1 101,215
Kuwait 872 21.1 141,547
Denmark 811 14.1 75,395
Albania 753 26.1 35,600
Slovakia 749 13.7 101,257
Palestinian Territories 680 14.0 78,493
Yemen 612 2.1 2,137
Uzbekistan 607 1.9 72,409
United Arab Emirates 564 5.9 163,967
South Korea 516 1.0 32,887
Montenegro 469 74.7 33,316
Lithuania 449 16.0 53,757
Cameroon 437 1.7 24,022
Syria 399 2.4 7,542
Finland 388 7.0 23,148
Zambia 357 2.1 17,553
Malaysia 348 1.1 60,752
Bahrain 341 21.7 86,347
Angola 341 1.1 14,920
DR Congo 333 0.4 12,470
Senegal 331 2.1 15,960
Ghana 323 1.1 51,225
Norway 316 5.9 34,748
Luxembourg 294 48.7 32,873
Zimbabwe 274 1.9 9,623
Madagascar 251 1.0 17,341
Jamaica 248 8.5 10,541
Qatar 237 8.5 138,066
Haiti 232 2.1 9,256
Uganda 191 0.4 19,115
Latvia 188 9.7 15,171
Malawi 185 1.0 6,020
Mauritania 171 3.9 8,288
Bahamas 163 42.3 7,482
Nicaragua 160 2.5 5,784
Guadeloupe 149 37.3 8,344
Guyana 149 19.1 5,276
Mali 148 0.8 4,505
Namibia 147 6.0 14,155
Cuba 133 1.2 8,075
Ivory Coast 131 0.5 21,199
Belize 131 34.2 5,515
Mozambique 128 0.4 15,467
Malta 125 28.5 9,405
Gambia 123 5.4 3,728
Eswatini 120 10.6 6,329
Suriname 117 20.3 5,307
Trinidad and Tobago 116 8.3 6,570
Somalia 113 0.8 4,451
Cape Verde 105 19.3 10,570
Chad 101 0.7 1,661
Sri Lanka 99 0.5 22,028
Estonia 99 7.5 10,955
Congo 93 1.8 5,632
Tajikistan 86 0.9 12,044
Equatorial Guinea 85 6.5 5,146
Liberia 83 1.7 1,591
Guinea 76 0.6 12,949
Andorra 76 98.7 6,534
Uruguay 74 2.1 5,117
Sierra Leone 74 1.0 2,409
French Polynesia 72 25.9 13,883
French Guiana 70 24.7 11,138
Niger 70 0.3 1,443
Burkina Faso 68 0.3 2,777
Togo 64 0.8 2,904
Central African Republic 63 1.4 4,913
Djibouti 61 6.4 5,676
South Sudan 61 0.6 3,092
Thailand 60 0.1 3,961
Gabon 59 2.8 9,173
Mayotte 49 18.9 5,181
Cyprus 48 4.0 9,673
Channel Islands 48 28.2 1,147
Rwanda 47 0.4 5,851
Maldives 46 8.9 12,889
Aruba 45 42.5 4,791
Lesotho 44 2.1 2,109
San Marino 44 130.2 1,514
Benin 43 0.4 2,974
Guinea-Bissau 43 2.3 2,422
Martinique 40 10.6 5,413
Réunion 39 4.4 7,836
Vietnam 35 0.0 1,331
Botswana 31 1.4 10,258
Singapore 28 0.5 58,195
Iceland 26 7.7 5,323
New Zealand 25 0.5 2,047
Saint Martin 25 67.1 1,041
Isle of Man 25 29.7 369
Tanzania 21 0.0 509
Sao Tome and Principe 17 8.1 985
Liechtenstein 14 36.9 1,208
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
Mauritius 10 0.8 498
Bermuda 9 14.3 241
Papua New Guinea 7 0.1 645
Taiwan 7 0.0 625
Comoros 7 0.8 610
Barbados 7 2.4 266
Turks and Caicos Islands 6 15.9 746
Gibraltar 5 14.8 991
Antigua and Barbuda 4 4.2 141
Curaçao 3 1.8 2,046
Monaco 3 7.8 600
Brunei 3 0.7 150
Cayman Islands 2 3.1 269
Saint Lucia 2 1.1 238
Fiji 2 0.2 38
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2 9
Burundi 1 0.0 677
British Virgin Islands 1 3.4 71
Montserrat 1 20.0 13
Western Sahara 1 0.2 10
Mongolia 0 0.0 738
Eritrea 0 0.0 566
Faroe Islands 0 0.0 500
Bhutan 0 0.0 389
Cambodia 0 0.0 307
Seychelles 0 0.0 166
Saint Barthelemy 0 0.0 127
St Vincent and the Grenadines 0 0.0 84
Dominica 0 0.0 77
Grenada 0 0.0 41
New Caledonia 0 0.0 32
Timor-Leste 0 0.0 30
Vatican 0 0.0 27
Laos 0 0.0 25
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0.0 22
Greenland 0 0.0 18
Solomon Islands 0 0.0 17
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 0.0 16
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 16
Marshall Islands 0 0.0 4
Anguilla 0 0.0 4
Vanuatu 0 0.0 1

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This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

** The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average. Due to revisions in the number of cases, an average cannot be calculated for this date.

Source: Johns Hopkins University, national public health agencies and UN population data

Figures last updated: 27 November 2020, 08:24 GMT

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