German recorded nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, the highest level, the country’s national center for disease control said Thursday.
The Robert Koch Institute says 19,990 infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. It topped the previous record of 19,059 set on Saturday.
This brings the total cases in Germany, a country of 83 million people, to 597,583. Another 118 deaths brings the death toll to 10,930.
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Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, self-isolating even after people close to him tested negative for COVID-19.
He broke the news on Facebook on Thursday as the country looks set to cross the 6,000 death threshold from the coronavirus overall.
“This is the only responsible thing to do in this situation,” he added, saying people close to him have been in contact with other people who have tested positive.
Greece ordered a nationwide lockdown on Thursday for three weeks to help contain a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the second this year after this week’s sharp rise in infections.
The country has reported fewer cases than most in Europe, mainly because of the initial national lockdown imposed when the pandemic broke out in February.
In DenmarkSeven mayors said restaurants would be closed across the north of the country and people in the region would be encouraged to be tested after authorities found a mutation in the virus in 12 residents who contracted mink.People in the region, which have many mink farms, will also be encouraged to work from home. The restrictions, to be announced Thursday evening, will start Friday and last for four weeks.
The move comes after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said all 15 million minks on the country’s farm must be destroyed to minimize their risk of re-transmitting the coronavirus to humans.
Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, has told Norwegians to avoid traveling within the country and instead stay at home as much as possible, as part of a new round of recommendations and restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
The number of cases has risen in many parts of Norway, hitting a record last week in a country that long has one of the lowest infection rates in Europe.
Government of Sri Lanka has moved to end the pandemic curfew, saying it is up to individuals to take responsibility to avoid becoming infected.
China announced new entry restrictions on travelers from Europe due to a surge in coronavirus cases on the continent.
Beijing says most foreign passport holders from Britain and other European countries will be barred from entering the country for the time being.
Coronavirus outbreak in India increased by more than 50,000 cases Thursday amid a revival of infections in the capital.
The Ministry of Health also reported another 704 deaths in the past 24 hours across the country, raising the overall death toll in India to 124,315.
Nerves ruptured in New Delhi after reporting a record 6,842 new cases in the past 24 hours. It has more than 37,000 active cases.
That United States of America has set a new record for daily confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with nearly 100,000 new infections reported as of Thursday.
It remains the worst-affected country with 233,734 deaths out of 9,488,276 cases. At least 3,743,527 people have been declared recovered. After the US, the hardest hit countries were Brazil with 161,106 deaths out of 5,590,025 cases, India with 124,315 deaths from 8,364,086 cases.
jf / nm (AFP, AP)