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France 24 24 Oct 2020

France surpasses 1 million Covid cases amid pandemic's second wave


French health authorities say France has recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number of known infections.

Brazil is seeing a worrying growth in COVID-19 cases and many experts believe the country may be entering a second wave of infection.

The country topped six million total cases last Friday. It's the world's third-worst coronavirus outbreak and cases are rising again.

CGTN's Paulo Cabral reports.
The second wave is crashing over Europe, and intensive care capacity is close to breaking point. Germany could hit its limit next month, France and Switzerland might crack by mid-month. A week ago, half of French intensive care beds were occupied. Now, 70 percent are occupied, with more than 3,500 coronavirus patients. When President Emmanuel Macron announced a second national lockdown last week — something he and other European leaders had sought mightily to avoid — he warned that "at this stage, we know that whatever we do, nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care by mid-November, which is almost the entirety of French capacities." In Belgium the situation is even worse. The country could overrun capacity this week or next. Belgium, which had doubled its intensive care capacity, is now preparing for decisions about which needy patient should get a bed. The incidence of coronavirus cases there is the highest in Europe, at 3,956 per 100,000 people. What seemed like huge investments to expand hospital capacity now look totally inadequate. Warning bells should have been ringing in early July, after the spring lockdowns were eased. But only a few recognised the vibrations that heralded a tsunami of new cases.
Portugal is set to impose a curfew on Monday, as the country struggles to contain a deadlier second wave of the coronavirus. More than 2400 people have been hospitalised, nearly twice the highest number from spring.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the latest round of coronavirus restrictions as the country prepares to go back into lockdown -albeit a limited one. Addressing the Bundestag, Merkel said it was currently impossible to trace the origin of all the new infections, hampering efforts to contain the virus. But she faced frequent interruptions during her speech and the opposition have called the measures excessive and inappropriate.
France will be seeing a much stricter lockdown. President Emmanuel Macron has been laying out new guidelines for Germany's neighbor. Shops, bars and restaurants will be closed. Travel between French regions will no longer be possible. Macron announced the restrictions a day after France reported 500 deaths in 24 hours.
In Spain, COVID-19 deaths have hit their highest number since May. Authorities have imposed lockdowns and curfews in response. But not everyone is following the guidelines - especially young people. DW's Jan Philipp-Scholz reports from Madrid.
The pandemic has affected all walks of life in Europe. For young people, it's changing the meaning of, well, youth. Parties are mainly out, meetings with friends are strictly regulated, sports tournaments and class trips - cancelled. Here's a closer look at the how the pandemic is reshaping life, for Europe's young.
Australia's state of Victoria has reported just one new coronavirus infection in the last 24-hour period, a day after a four-month lockdown was lifted in the state capital Melbourne. The city has been the epicenter of the pandemic in Australia. The shutdown has been one of the world's longest -- and some took the opportunity to celebrate their new freedoms in one of Melbourne's bars. Some restrictions are still in place though -- a travel limit of 25 kilometers is still in effect for people in the city and masks must still be worn outdoors.
India has now passed eight million confirmed cases. It's the second-highest number after the United States, but India has one of the world's lowest death rates.
Iran has reported a record death toll for a second straight day. It's the worst-hit country in the Middle East.
And Taiwan has passed 200 days without any dometic transmissions of COVID-19. Officials are hailing the achievement as a success story.

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