As the toll from Covid’s second wave climbs ever higher, countries around the world are struggling to cope with the outbreak.
The United States has set another daily record for new cases, with 184,514 cases reported on Friday.
Bars and clubs in New York – the city worst-hit in the first wave of the pandemic – have been ordered to close at 10pm each evening. Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that schools might shut from tomorrow if the city’s infection rate rises.
Bars and clubs in New York (pictured, a bar in Manhattan, New York City)– the city worst-hit in the first wave of the pandemic – have been ordered to close at 10pm each evening
Russia reported a record daily number of 22,702 new Covid infections yesterday, taking the national tally to 1,903,253. The authorities also reported 391 coronavirus-related deaths, slightly down on the 439 fatalities announced on Friday.
Italy registered 37,255 new coronavirus infections yesterday, down from 40,902 the previous day.
Naples and its surrounding region was plunged into the ‘red zone’ of tough restrictions yesterday, affecting 26 million of the country’s 60 million population.
Russia reported a record daily number of 22,702 new Covid infections yesterday, taking the national tally to 1,903,253. Pictured: Healthcare workers at Kommunarka Hospital in Moscow, Russia
Ukraine registered a record-breaking 12,524 new Covid-19 cases in the latest 24-hour period.
New curbs came into force yesterday, with all non-essential businesses ordered to stay closed for the weekend but pulling back from a lockdown, admitting the economy could not withstand it.
Poland saw a record number of deaths linked to Covid-19 yesterday – 548, despite banning gatherings and closing schools, bars and restaurants. The government insists a lockdown is not yet required.
Greece closed schools and nurseries yesterday in a bid to stem rising infection rates. The country recorded 2,835 new cases and 38 new deaths.
Secondary schools were already closed, with teaching online since last Monday.
Out of the 533 total Covid-19 intensive care unit beds nationwide, 366 were occupied, authorities said yesterday.
Greece closed schools and nurseries yesterday in a bid to stem rising infection rates. Pictured: A teacher giving an online lesson to students in Greece, Athens
Austria is also tightening restrictions, with a three-week nationwide lockdown from Tuesday.
The country already has a night-time curfew from 8pm to 6am but daily new cases still hit a record of 9,586 on Friday – nine times higher than at the first wave’s peak.
More than one billion people in India celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, yesterday despite an upturn in infections.
More than one billion people in India celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, yesterday despite an upturn in infections. Pictured: Vendors selling garlands in Amritsar, India
Many temples streamed prayer sessions online. In Delhi, the capital, worried residents opted for low-key celebrations with some eschewing home visits.
The Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte has pardoned his police chief of breaching restrictions his birthday in May during one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.