Record 400k cases in a day worldwide

Medical staffs wearing protective suits gather samples of people during the COVID-19 testing at a hospital. (AP Photo)

Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 4,00,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase as much of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak.

On Friday, the continent surpassed 1,50,000 daily cases just a week after reporting 1,00,000 cases for the first time, with countries such as France and Germany reporting record daily numbers of cases this week. Italian PM Conte will announce measures to counter the new wave of coronavirus after the country registered a new daily record in cases on Saturday.

Meanwhile, as the caseload in the US soars past eight million, epidemiologists warned that nearly half of the states are seeing surges. Reports of new cases this month have trended upward in all but 11 states, and more than 65,000 cases were announced across the country on Thursday, the most in a single day since July. An additional 70,000 were announced on Friday, as nine states set single-day case records. nyt & Reuters

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