523 French people died of coronavirus in just 24 hours. French government is planning a month-long nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19
As the second wave of coronavirus spreads across Europe, France and the UK recorded the highest daily COVID-19 cases ever. The EU warned that some countries have worse outbreaks than during the peak in March. French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to announce a new nationwide lockdown today.
President Macron will address the nation at 8 PM today as France recorded 523 cases of coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours, the highest daily death total since April. The French government also reported an additional 33,417 new infections.
The French government is also contemplating a month-long lockdown to combat the spread of covid-19, French media reports. National lockdown being considered would be ‘more flexible’ than March as cases rise to the same level as April.
European nations back in March, Europe still has more COVID-19 deaths than the United States. Over the weekend, Europe became the second region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
By comparison, the US a total of 225,111 COVID-19 related deaths and 83,010 new daily confirmed cases as of Sunday afternoon. according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
For the first time last week Thursday, Europe reported 200,000 daily infections, as many Southern European countries reported their highest number of cases in a single day. So far, Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases.
In the meantime, while the rest of Europe is going through the second round of lockdowns, Sweden remains the only country where life has returned back to normal. The tiny Scandinavian country, which never had a lockdown, saw its COVID-19 cases going down at a time when countries across Europe are seeing alarming surges in daily coronavirus infections.
According to Reuters tally, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Russia, Belgium, and Spain account for nearly two-thirds of about 250,000 deaths registered until now from a total of about 8 million cases across Europe.