Otago Daily Times : 2020-10-24

WORLD : 12 : 12


| 12 WEEKEND Otago Daily Times Saturday, October 24, 2020 WORLD @ Second wave of infections moving faster day was 423,290, the highest yet for a single day. In Spain, which this week became the first European country to pass one million cases, Health Minister Salvador Illa said the epidemic was ‘‘out of control’’ in many areas. Regional authoritie­s debated a curfew but stopped short of taking a decision. While health systems have not been overwhelme­d as they were during the initial wave, authoritie­s in many countries worry the situation is rapidly reaching a tipping point. Germany, which reported more than 10,000 daily cases for the first time, extended travel warnings for Switzerlan­d, Ireland, Poland, most of Austria and Italian regions including Rome. Britain also tightened restrictio­ns on three more areas. More than 5.3 million people across Europe have contracted the disease and more than 204,000 have died, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. That compares with 8.4 million cases in the United States and 7.7 million in India. Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes went into intensive care with the virus yesterday, just a day after German Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive. — Reuters PARIS/MADRID: France extended curfews to about twothirds of its population yesterday and Belgium’s foreign minister was taken into intensive care as the second wave of the pandemic surged across Europe. French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities would be extended to 38 more department­s, confining 46 million out of the country’s 67 million population to their homes from 9pm to 6am. French government scientific adviser Arnaud Fontanet said the virus was spreading more quickly than during its initial outbreak in the spring. Shortly after the measures were announced, French health authoritie­s reported a record 41,622 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 999,043. According to a Reuters tally, the number of infections reported worldwide on Thurs­ NOW NOW $3,999* $999* SENSATIONA­L SALE EURO SUITE (3 SEATER + 2.5 SEATER) SAVE $2,900 RRP $6,899 (Selected Leathers) NOW $2,999* 25-40% OFF ALL LA-Z-BOY* CORTLAND ROCKER RECLINER SAVE $500 RRP $1,499 MICHIGAN TWIN POWER 3 SEATER SAVE $1,800 RRP $4,799 (Selected Fabrics) (Selected Leathers) Proud Supporters Of | 140 CUMBERLAND ST | 03 926 9350 DUNEDIN *Limited time only. Sale excludes GCP, ELP & 30.3.1 Promotions Stock is strictly limited. Accessorie­s, Care Product and Freight are not included in sale price. Colour and coverings on Sale items may vary from images shown. LZB_SSS_ODT_01