The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded 350,000 new cases in a single day on Friday — the highest daily total since the pandemic began.
Europe is now reporting more daily infections than the United States, Brazil, and India — the countries that have been driving the global case count for months. Here’s the latest:
Germany: Germany reported another bump in numbers on Saturday, with 4,721 more coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 319,381.
There were also 15 more deaths, bringing the total to 9,604, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s public health institute.
UK: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce new coronavirus restrictions on Monday as the government tries to curb a surge in new cases. The UK recorded 13,864 new cases on Friday, which is lower than the previous 24 hours. But there has been a sharp upward trend in recent weeks.
Czech Republic: The country recorded another big jump in coronavirus cases Friday with 8,618 new cases, according to the ministry of health. That’s 3,224 more than Thursday’s figure.
A total of 31,321 new cases were recorded in the country in the past week. Although the largest increase was recorded in the capital, Prague, almost all Czech regions are reporting record numbers. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Czech Republic remains the worst-stricken country per capita in Europe.
France: Health officials in Lille, northern France, are urging local hospitals to start cancelling surgeries, fearing a bottleneck in intensive care affecting the elderly after a rise in new Covid cases. France recorded 20,339 new cases of the virus on Friday, the highest daily total since the outbreak began.