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DW News 20 Oct 2020

Second wave? Worldwide coronavirus cases pass 40 million


01:21 Belgium facing dramatic surge in coronavirus cases
One of the European countries struggling to cope with the pandemic is Belgium. Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients there have doubled in the past week. And the government is warning the situation is worse than at the beginning of the pandemic in March.
03:22 Overnight curfew in France after surge in cases
France has reported a massive increase in the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19. Over 2,000 are currently in intensive care. The highest number since May and is putting health services under considerable strain.
08:08 Press freedom affected in coronavirus pandemic
Around the world, press freedoms have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Journalists have been harassed and arrested for reporting on the spread of the virus. Some governments have introduced laws to punish the publication of unwanted information. Attacks on the press can also impact on public health
13:50 What's happening to the party metropolis Berlin?
Berlin is famous for its nightlife, especially the club scene here. That all came to a grinding halt earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nightclubs remain closed and now the city government has tried to impose an 11 pm closing time on all bars and restaurants. Some bar owners have gone to court - and won, so they're allowed to remain open for now.

#India's #coronavirus caseload passed nine million on Friday, as hospitals in the capital New Delhi came under increasing pressure and graveyards began to fill up. The world's second-worst-hit country has now also registered more than 132,000 deaths from #Covid-19, according to the latest official figures, which are widely seen as understating the true scale of infection.
As the global count of coronavirus cases passes 40 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, CNN reporters explain how different countries are trying to combat the virus.
As of September, Canada has been struggling to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections that have taken a grim toll on its population and hit its economy hard. As pandemic fatigue sets in, the country's leader warns of a tough winter ahead.
In Germany, rapidly rising coronavirus infections have prompted action from the authorities. The capital Berlin has joined Frankfurt and Cologne on the list of cities where new cases have exceeded a key measure. Bars and restaurants have to close early, but there's some doubt about whether the new restrictions will be enough to stop the spike.
France is struggling to contain a drastic rise in coronavirus cases. Officials reported a record 20,000 infections on Friday alone. The government imposed one of Europe's strictest lockdowns back in the spring and has stepped up its testing program. But despite these efforts, they weren't able to stop the onset of a second wave.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in India are nearing 7 million, but there are hopes the rate of new infections is slowing.
Authorities are warning that Europe's second wave of infections has struck well before the flu season has even started. They point to widespread "COVID-19 fatigue" among populations.
And everywhere in Poland, it has now become compulsory for people to wear a mask outdoors. Infections have also hit a new record high.

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