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London and Paris bring in strict new rules as cases surge across Europe

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Two of Europe's biggest capitals are in trouble as Paris imposed overnight curfews and London banned people from different households from meeting indoors to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Northern Ireland is closing schools, pubs and restaurants after it reported 1,217 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a record-high for the nation, taking total cases to 23,115.

"About 80% of countries across the European regions are seeing a growth" in Covid-19 cases, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for coronavirus, said on CNN's "New Day" Thursday.

The number of cases in Germany increased by a record 6,638 in 24 hours, according to data published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Thursday, bringing the total to 341,223.

New restrictions were introduced Wednesday, with schools closing and bars and restaurants allowed to serve through windows until 8 p. m. Russia also reported a record number of coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours at 286, according to the country's coronavirus response center data released Thursday.

A further 13,754 new cases were also reported, bringing the total number of infections to 1,354,163.

Poland reported a record 8,099 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday -- a 24% increase on Wednesday's record 6,526 cases, according to its Ministry of Health.

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