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Europe faces soaring virus cases, Paris enters new curfew

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PARIS, France (AFP) — Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow a surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” 44 percent rise in European cases over one week.

From Saturday evening, Paris and several other French cities go under a nighttime curfew that will last at least a month. England is banning mixed household gatherings in the capital and other areas, and Italy’s most populous region is limiting bar openings and suspending sports events.

The need for action in France was underlined as the country recorded another record for new cases, with over 32,000 registered in 24 hours.

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Global cases of the disease, which has killed more than 1.1 million people around the world, have been soaring beyond levels seen in the first wave earlier this year, when many countries resorted to national lockdowns to get control of the crisis.

As well as the death toll, the pandemic has wrought social and economic havoc across the world. A man walks on the deserted platform of a metro station, on October 17, 2020 in Paris, at the start of a nighttime curfew implemented to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the........

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