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

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Many 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.

"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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People 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.

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Gavin 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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Spain'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 986,953 300.7 80,459,923
Brazil 662,964 314.1 30,355,919
India 522,223 38.2 43,060,086
Russia 367,521 254.6 17,880,154
Mexico 324,134 254.1 5,733,925
Peru 212,761 654.4 3,561,677
UK 173,693 259.9 21,978,198
Italy 162,781 270.0 16,161,339
Indonesia 156,133 57.7 6,044,467
France 142,074 211.9 27,567,552
Iran 140,996 170.1 7,217,117
Colombia 139,780 277.7 6,091,551
Germany 134,489 161.8 24,337,394
Argentina 128,542 286.0 9,072,230
Poland 115,948 305.4 5,991,464
Ukraine 112,459 253.4 5,040,518
Spain 103,908 220.7 11,786,036
South Africa 100,333 171.3 3,764,865
Turkey 98,706 118.3 15,021,151
Romania 65,428 338.0 2,888,639
Philippines 60,194 55.7 3,684,712
Chile 57,376 302.7 3,547,977
Hungary 46,101 471.9 1,894,278
Vietnam 43,021 44.6 10,571,772
Czech Republic 40,102 375.8 3,898,406
Canada 38,893 103.5 3,720,853
Bulgaria 36,856 528.3 1,153,506
Ecuador 35,581 204.8 868,285
Malaysia 35,507 111.1 4,433,551
Belgium 31,319 272.7 4,015,791
Pakistan 30,369 14.0 1,527,956
Japan 29,344 23.2 7,681,363
Bangladesh 29,127 17.9 1,952,583
Greece 28,933 270.0 3,285,970
Tunisia 28,533 244.0 1,039,532
Thailand 28,019 40.2 4,194,684
Iraq 25,207 64.1 2,324,384
Egypt 24,613 24.5 515,645
Netherlands 22,248 128.4 8,124,691
South Korea 22,243 43.0 17,009,865
Portugal 22,162 215.8 3,791,744
Bolivia 21,908 190.3 904,479
Slovakia 19,852 364.0 2,521,279
Myanmar 19,434 36.0 612,770
Kazakhstan 19,013 102.7 1,394,367
Paraguay 18,795 266.8 649,034
Sweden 18,689 181.7 2,498,388
Austria 18,054 203.4 4,108,970
Guatemala 17,525 105.5 842,653
Georgia 16,800 451.6 1,654,313
Sri Lanka 16,502 75.7 663,195
Morocco 16,066 44.1 1,164,717
Serbia 15,960 229.8 2,002,353
Croatia 15,790 388.2 1,117,822
Bosnia and Herzegovina 15,762 477.5 376,841
Jordan 14,059 139.2 1,695,432
China 14,043 1.0 2,041,627
Switzerland 13,684 159.6 3,596,855
Nepal 11,951 41.8 978,762
Moldova 11,489 432.3 516,986
Honduras 10,893 111.8 422,469
Israel 10,673 117.9 4,062,271
Lebanon 10,378 151.4 1,096,462
Azerbaijan 9,707 96.8 792,496
North Macedonia 9,276 445.2 309,208
Saudi Arabia 9,079 26.5 753,526
Lithuania 9,072 325.5 1,054,874
Armenia 8,622 291.5 422,828
Cuba 8,525 75.2 1,101,968
Costa Rica 8,383 166.1 847,784
Panama 8,182 192.7 772,086
Afghanistan 7,683 20.2 178,745
Ethiopia 7,510 6.7 470,442
Uruguay 7,197 207.9 895,775
Australia 7,052 27.8 5,756,791
Ireland 7,016 142.0 1,512,812
Belarus 6,928 73.2 977,962
Algeria 6,875 16.0 265,771
Slovenia 6,582 315.2 1,004,798
Libya 6,429 94.9 501,862
Denmark 6,105 104.9 3,111,002
Latvia 5,744 300.3 817,439
Venezuela 5,706 20.0 522,234
Palestinian Territories 5,657 120.7 656,876
Kenya 5,649 10.7 323,718
Zimbabwe 5,468 37.3 247,598
Sudan 4,930 11.5 62,093
Dominican Republic 4,376 40.7 579,114
Oman 4,258 85.6 389,074
El Salvador 4,128 64.0 162,089
Namibia 4,025 161.4 158,379
Zambia 3,976 22.3 319,316
Trinidad and Tobago 3,816 273.6 145,021
Finland 3,638 65.9 1,000,472
Uganda 3,597 8.1 164,069
Albania 3,496 122.5 274,828
Syria 3,150 18.5 55,799
Nigeria 3,143 1.6 255,685
Kosovo 3,138 174.9 227,984
Cambodia 3,056 18.5 136,230
Kyrgyzstan 2,991 46.3 200,990
Jamaica 2,948 100.0 129,632
Norway 2,871 53.7 1,424,180
Montenegro 2,713 436.1 234,760
Botswana 2,688 116.7 305,859
Malawi 2,633 14.1 85,747
Kuwait 2,555 60.7 631,294
Estonia 2,533 190.9 570,405
United Arab Emirates 2,302 23.6 897,351
Mozambique 2,201 7.2 225,366
Mongolia 2,177 67.5 920,436
Yemen 2,149 7.4 11,818
Senegal 1,967 12.1 85,989
Cameroon 1,927 7.4 119,780
Angola 1,900 6.0 99,287
Uzbekistan 1,637 4.9 238,510
Bahrain 1,475 89.9 566,679
Rwanda 1,459 11.6 129,785
Ghana 1,445 4.8 161,157
Eswatini 1,397 121.7 70,303
Madagascar 1,391 5.2 64,152
Somalia 1,361 8.8 26,485
DR Congo 1,337 1.5 87,023
Singapore 1,331 23.3 1,184,226
Suriname 1,327 228.3 79,302
Guyana 1,228 156.9 63,420
Luxembourg 1,062 171.3 235,276
Cyprus 1,011 84.4 470,481
Mauritius 990 78.2 220,344
Mauritania 982 21.7 58,685
Guadeloupe 942 235.5 147,607
Martinique 918 244.4 150,077
Fiji 862 96.9 64,535
Taiwan 856 3.6 61,686
Haiti 835 7.4 30,640
Tanzania 803 1.4 33,864
Ivory Coast 799 3.1 81,898
Bahamas 789 202.6 33,488
Réunion 742 83.5 374,295
Laos 732 10.2 205,975
Mali 731 3.7 30,752
Lesotho 697 32.8 32,968
Malta 692 137.7 90,773
Qatar 677 23.9 364,300
Belize 676 173.2 57,454
New Zealand 649 13.2 896,495
Papua New Guinea 649 7.4 43,800
French Polynesia 648 232.0 72,678
Guinea 441 3.5 36,540
Cape Verde 401 72.9 56,008
French Guiana 394 135.5 80,422
Barbados 390 135.9 67,934
Congo 385 7.2 24,079
Burkina Faso 383 1.9 20,865
Saint Lucia 368 201.3 23,285
Gambia 365 15.5 11,995
New Caledonia 312 108.4 60,593
Niger 309 1.3 8,916
Gabon 303 13.9 47,597
Maldives 298 56.1 179,171
Liberia 294 6.0 7,432
Curaçao 273 173.3 41,966
Togo 273 3.4 36,979
Nicaragua 233 3.6 18,491
Grenada 220 196.4 14,428
Brunei 218 50.3 141,269
Aruba 212 199.4 34,589
Chad 193 1.2 7,411
Djibouti 189 19.4 15,611
Mayotte 187 70.3 37,038
Equatorial Guinea 183 13.5 15,907
Guinea-Bissau 171 8.9 8,186
Channel Islands 166 96.4 73,609
Seychelles 165 169.0 42,236
Benin 163 1.4 26,952
Comoros 160 18.8 8,105
Andorra 153 198.3 41,013
Solomon Islands 140 20.9 14,182
South Sudan 138 1.2 17,443
Antigua and Barbuda 135 139.0 7,571
Bermuda 131 205.0 13,200
Timor-Leste 130 10.1 22,860
Tajikistan 125 1.3 17,786
Sierra Leone 125 1.6 7,681
Iceland 114 31.6 185,074
San Marino 114 336.7 16,186
Central African Republic 113 2.4 14,649
St Vincent and the Grenadines 106 95.9 8,394
Eritrea 103 2.9 9,734
Gibraltar 102 302.7 17,706
Isle of Man 98 115.9 31,666
Sint Maarten 86 211.1 10,018
Liechtenstein 85 223.6 17,105
Sao Tome and Principe 73 33.9 5,957
Dominica 63 87.7 12,011
Saint Martin 63 165.8 10,316
British Virgin Islands 62 206.5 6,296
Monaco 57 146.3 11,632
Saint Kitts and Nevis 43 81.4 5,562
Burundi 38 0.3 39,632
Turks and Caicos Islands 36 94.3 5,941
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 34 130.9 9,711
Faroe Islands 28 57.5 34,658
Cayman Islands 27 41.6 21,755
Greenland 21 37.3 11,971
Bhutan 20 2.6 57,909
Samoa 13 6.6 7,185
Vanuatu 13 4.3 6,860
Kiribati 13 11.1 3,080
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
Tonga 11 10.5 9,697
Anguilla 9 60.5 2,731
Wallis and Futuna Islands 7 61.2 454
Saint Barthelemy 6 60.9 4,443
Palau 6 33.3 4,396
Montserrat 2 40.1 207
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2 9
Cook Islands 1 5.7 4,727
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1 17.2 2,641
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 152
Vatican 0 0.0 29
Marshall Islands 0 0.0 17
Antarctica 0 11
Saint Helena 0 0.0 4
Micronesia 0 0.0 3

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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 and national public health agencies

Figures last updated: 26 April 2022, 09:14 BST