Europe crosses 150,000 daily Covid mark
Europe surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases just a week after reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week.
Much of Europe has tightened curbs including measures such as shutting or ordering early closing of restaurants , but now the surging infection rates are also testing governments’ resolve to keep schools and non-Covid medical care going. Globally, cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase. As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. The increase is partly explained by far more testing than was done in the first wave of the pandemic. The United Kingdom, France, Russia, Netherlands, Germany and Spain accounted for about half of Europe’s new cases this week. France, which is reporting the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 21,210 infections per day, reported a record 30,621 cases on Thursday.