Sunday Mirror

Record num­ber of cases in US

- BY KAREN ROCK­ETT

AMER­ICA has recorded 100,000 new cases of coro­n­avirus in a day – the high­est in the pan­demic.

A to­tal of more than nine mil­lion cases have now been re­ported in the US, ac­cord­ing to Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, with 21 states ex­pe­ri­enc­ing out­breaks.

Mean­while, Bel­gium has be­come the lat­est Euro­pean coun­try to an­nounce a re­turn to a na­tional lock­down as fig­ures show it has the high­est in­fec­tion rate in Europe.

Non-es­sen­tial shops and busi­nesses of­fer­ing per­sonal ser­vices – such as hair sa­lons – will close from to­mor­row un­til the mid­dle of De­cem­ber.

Gath­er­ings in pub­lic spa­ces must be limited to four peo­ple and su­per­mar­kets can only sell es­sen­tial goods.

House­holds are also al­lowed just one visi­tor and the half-term school hol­i­day has been ex­tended un­til Novem­ber 15. Bel­gium suf­fered one of the high­est death rates in the world dur­ing the first wave. Prime Min­is­ter Alexan­der de Croo said: “The pres­sure on our hos­pi­tals is huge. Th­ese are last-chance mea­sures to get the fig­ures down.”

Health Min­is­ter Frank Van­den­broucke in­sisted the new mea­sures “will not plunge peo­ple into iso­la­tion”. He added: “It’s a lock­down, but a lock­down that al­lows fac­to­ries to op­er­ate, that will al­low schools to open cau­tiously.”

In Slo­vakia, a scheme to test ev­ery­one over the age of 10 for Covid is un­der­way. But armed forces chiefs say there are not enough trained work­ers to do it.

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