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Second English region moves to highest Covid-19 alert level after case surge

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Lancashire, in northwest England, will be placed under stringent restrictions after moving to the country's highest Covid-19 alert level.

The country has reported a total of 676,455 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

On Friday it also reported 7,705 new cases of the virus, the second-highest daily case count after Thursday’s record of 8,099 cases.

The country has reported 157,608 cases in total.

The rise in new Covid-19 cases in Europe is far higher than the rise in the US, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The surge in the five worst-affected European nations was nearly 42% higher than the increase in the US in the week from October 6 to 13, according to JHU's seven-day moving average of new cases.

In the five worst-hit European countries -- France, the UK, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands -- the total daily average of new cases stood at 70,158 on the same day.

Poland reported 8,099 new cases on Thursday -- a 24% increase on the previous day's tally, itself a record.

Russia reported 15,150 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, almost a thousand more infections than the previous high reported on October 14, according to the data from the country’s coronavirus response center.

The total number of cases reported in Russia as of Friday is 1,369,313.

Russian officials previously said the growing numbers could require additional action but added they believe they can avoid a repeat of the full lockdown that was imposed in the spring when the country was reporting on average around 10,000-11,000 new cases each day.

Capital's cases rise: Of the new infections reported Friday, about 5,000 were identified in Moscow, which is the most affected city.

The Czech Republic has recorded 9,721 new coronavirus cases in its highest one-day increase since the pandemic began.

Friday is the second day in a row that the Czech Republic reported its highest increase in infections.

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