(BBC) – The French government is imposing a curfew on two-thirds of the country – 46 million people – from Friday night for six weeks, after a record 41,622 new coronavirus infections in one day.
There are also high infection rates in Belgium, Spain and Italy, putting many hospitals under severe pressure.
French crisis deepens
In several regions of France, more than half the intensive care beds are now occupied by Covid-19 patients. Over the past 24 hours France recorded 162 more deaths.
Elsewhere in Europe:
- Russia registered 17,340 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record; the figure in neighbouring Poland – 13,632 – was also a record
- Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called on Health Minister Roman Prymula to resign after a tabloid newspaper published photos of him emerging late at night, without a mask, from a restaurant that was supposed to be shut
- Germany recorded 11,424 new cases in the past 24 hours, suggesting a stable situation still under control, with an R rate of 1.1
- Portugal is imposing a lockdown on three northern districts affecting 150,000 people – and the whole country will have restrictions on movement for next week’s holiday weekend
- Greece has declared a night curfew in Athens and other areas. It will come into force from Saturday and applies between 00:30 and 05:00