Covid ravages Europe as France, Germany and Italy among 11 countries seeing highest EVER daily new cases

COVID continues to ravage Europe as France, Germany and Italy are among 11 countries on the continent to have had their highest ever surge of new daily cases.

In the past 24 hours, the second wave of the virus has seen cases continue to spike in Europe.

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France had the highest spike with 30,621 new cases, taking the country's total past 800,000 to 818,707.

More than half of France's Covid-19 cases have come in the last month, with recent increased testing contributing to the rise.

France has recorded more than 100 deaths per day on average this week.

Despite the second wave of the virus causing a jump in cases, deaths are still relatively low across Europe compared to the start of the pandemic earlier this year.

Germany had 7,620 new cases in the past day, taking their total to 352,107.

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germany was heading for "disaster" after regional leaders chose not to approve proposed strict new measures.

Merkel said: "If you ask me what it is that worries me, it's the exponential rate of increase. We have to stop that. Otherwise, this won't end well."

In addition to France and Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine also recorded their highest ever daily case numbers yesterday.

Italy had another 83 deaths yesterday, almost doubling the number it had the day before on Wednesday.

New daily cases in Italy also hit a record 8,804.

In the Czech Republic, the health ministry reported 9,720 new daily cases yesterday – over 900 more than the previous daily record.

Poland had 8,099 new cases of the virus yesterday.

In the UK, another 8,980 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 yesterday and 138 more people lost their lives to the virus in one of the deadliest days since June.

Millions of people have been plunged into a tougher lockdown today as Lancashire is set to move to Tier 3 under the strictest Covid restrictions.

Lancashire's 1.4 million residents are set to be banned from mixing entirely with other households under the highest tier from tomorrow at 12.01am.

London will be plunged into Tier 2 lockdown from midnight on Friday – meaning households will be banned from mixing indoors.

Across the world, new daily global cases have also hit a record high, with 378,044 recorded on Saturday.

The increase is a five per cent rise from the previous record set the day before, according to the World Health Organisation.

The record figures come as many countries in Europe have announced strict new measures in an attempt to limit the impact of the fresh spike.

The new restrictions in Europe come as Britain also faces new coronavirus rules, with a three-tiered system being introduced as winter begins.

Social life has shut down across Europe, with France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and many other nations limiting interactions.

Scientists have issued a warning as the cold weather approaches, with the spread of the flu and people spending more time indoors allowing the virus to spread more easily.

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