WHO warns hospitals struggling as COVID-19 surge in Europe continues


The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned hospitals and intensive care units are running close to or above capacity in “too many countries”, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge across Europe.

New restrictions were being rolled out across the continent as countries tried to get a handle on a second wave of the virus, which is causing record numbers of cases.

Across Europe, the number of infections since the start of the pandemic is now above 8.2 million and more than 258,000 people have died from COVID-19.

France, which was the second western European country to surpass one million reported cases, extended a curfew putting at least 46 million of its residents under extra restrictions which are now active.

Germany surpassed the grim milestone of recording more than 10,000 deaths from the virus early on Saturday, making it the sixth European country to do so.

The Czech Republic and Belgium have been particularly impacted by the second wave which started sweeping the continent in September. Both countries have 14-day COVID-19 incidence rates of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 population.

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