Coronavirus digest: France reports over 50,000 cases in single day

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It is the highest number of infections in a single-day period since widespread testing was introduced in the country. Meanwhile, Spain faces a new state of emergency. Follow DW for the latest.

France racked up 52,010 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, health authorities said on Sunday evening. Some 17% of the people who were tested were found to have the virus, Sunday’s data showed.

Case numbers have been increasing dramatically for weeks, with several records announced over the past seven days alone.

France, like much of Europe, has introduced a widespread testing program, reaching more people than when the virus first broke out. However, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that increased testing “is not the only reason for the increase of COVID-19 cases,” citing the relaxation of preventative measures.

In response to the increase, the French government brought in new restrictions for two-thirds of the country from Saturday. Under the new rules, people can only go out at night if they have good reason to do so. The regulation applies in 54 French administrative regions and in the overseas collectivity, French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

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Around Europe

In Germany, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, vowed the virus “will not take our future from us,” while acknowledging that the fight against COVID-19 demanded society’s complete focus at the moment. He made the comments in a speech during the ceremony for the German Environment Award.

People should not forget about “humanity’s other great challenges,” such as protecting resources and the environment, he said. Climate change, stressed Steinmeier, is not taking a break during the pandemic.

In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has declared the country’s second state of emergency, imposing a curfew in all regions except for the Canary Islands. The curfew lasts from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time (2200 to 0500 UTC/GMT ) with regional leaders allowed to vary the times, provided the measures are stricter. They will also be allowed to shut regional borders, and public gatherings will be limited to six people from separate households.

Countries across the continent are continuing to report record daily infection figures.

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