Virus cases up in Europe, rising in India

Milla Nissi
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Several European countries have reintroduced lockdown measures and other restrictions as India's capital reports a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

With the exception of Belgium, which has registered a moderate fall in its coronavirus infection rate, most countries in western Europe are expanding restrictions amid consistent record breaking daily caseloads.

A second lockdown took effect in England on Thursday while Greek authorities announced a partial lockdown starting on Friday.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Thursday that more restrictions will be imposed in the French capital with the closure of certain bars, restaurants and other businesses at 10 pm.

Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a lockdown for the entire country until the end of the month.

From Saturday at 6am until November 30, all non-essential stores will be closed, with only petrol stations and elementary schools remaining open.

Mitsotakis justified the need in view of the exponential increase in recent days - "10,000 cases in five days" - which has already led to a significant increase in hospitalisations.

"If this continues, the pressure on public health would have become untenable in 15 days," Mitsotaki said.

Poland reported a record 27,143 new infections, approaching a threshold at which the government has said it could be forced to impose a country-wide lockdown.

Germany, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic and Ukraine also reported record high daily new cases.

Globally, more than 48.06 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus and 1,224,717 have died.

India's coronavirus outbreak increased by more than 50,000 cases on Thursday as infections rose in the capital.

The health ministry also reported another 704 fatalities in the past 24 hours across the country, raising India's overall death toll to 124,315.

Nerves are frayed in New Delhi after it reported a record 6842 new cases in the past 24 hours.

It has more than 37,000 active cases.

The ministry has attributed the surge in New Delhi to the festival season and warned that the situation can worsen due to people crowding markets for festival shopping.

Local officials said fireworks will be banned in New Delhi for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights on November 14, in view of the high pollution and the surge in coronavirus cases.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said there had been a spike in COVID-19 cases after the recently concluded festivals of Dussehra and Durga Puja.

Besides banning firecrackers, medical infrastructure will be ramped up, with oxygen and intensive care unit beds increased in government hospitals, he said.

China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders resident in the UK in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

China has largely contained the spread of coronavirus within the country but continues to record so-called imported cases, including another 20 reported on Thursday.

The country requires all those arriving in China to undergo two weeks of quarantine.