An increase in coronavirus cases in hotspots around the world has caused health experts to warn that restrictions must be strictly followed to avoid a return to national blockades.
In France, health officials reported the highest daily increase in infections since the pandemic began in mid-February.
A total of 10,561 new COVID-19 infections were recorded on Saturday, marking the first time the country has surpassed 10,000 new cases in a single day.
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“After the joy of getting together this summer, it is time to be careful in the private world,”
The French government is trying to avoid a repeat of a strict nationwide blockade.
Saturday’s data reported that 2,432 people were hospitalized, including 417 in intensive care. Another 17 people have died from the virus, bringing France’s death toll to 30,903. The country is the second most affected in Western Europe, with over 400,000 confirmed infections.
France’s death toll is the seventh highest in the world.
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In the UK, a government adviser told Sky News that countries must face another national blockade “in short order” unless people abide by the new COVID-19 restrictions.
Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said on Sunday that the public “must act fast” to stop the spread of the virus.
“I think everyone agrees that we really need to act very quickly now to prevent this from growing exponentially, and … we need to act fast because it’s much harder to keep this kind of thing under control if you delay even a few days. “he said.” This is potentially very dangerous now at this particular time.
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Elsewhere, COVID-19 infections continue to rise, especially in India, where infections are rising faster than anywhere else in the world.
On Sunday, the nation’s health ministry reported a spike of 94,372 new cases in a single day, bringing the combined tally to 4.75 million, behind only the United States.
Indian health officials also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 78,586. The country is now testing more than 1 million people every day, officials said.
Despite the spikes reported around the world, there are some nuggets of positive news.
In South Korea, officials plan to loosen strict social distancing rules in the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul, due to the declining number of infections.
Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said the greater Seoul area recorded 80 to 110 new cases every day last week, down from 110-190 the previous week.
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Meanwhile, domestic air travel in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, has returned to pre-pandemic levels.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a 76-day draconian lockdown as its hospitals struggled to cope with a spate of cases that required rapid construction of field hospitals.
Since reopening in early April, life has gradually returned to normal and the number of domestic flights serving the city, as well as the number of passengers, have both fully recovered, according to the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport operator.
Elsewhere, Antarctica is still COVID-19 free. Nearly 1,000 scientists have wintered on the ice and are observing the sun for the first time in months. Now the task is to make sure incoming colleagues don’t carry the virus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.