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Coronavirus Surge in Europe Cause for Grave Concern - WHO
By Staff, Agencies
European countries unveiled new tough measures to try to curb a surge in coronavirus infections which the World Health Organization [WHO] warned Thursday is of "great concern".
Underscoring the disruption wrought by COVID-19 even in the corridors of power, US presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate Kamala Harris suspended travel after a staffer contracted the disease and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen abruptly left a summit in Brussels for a similar reason.
In France, police searched the home of the health minister as part of a probe into the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, as new daily cases topped 30,000 for the first time.
A map published Thursday by the EU's ECDC disease control agency handed a red label for high rates of transmission and positive testing to more than half the 31 countries it monitors, which include non-EU members.
As the disease marches on relentlessly, millions in England are facing tighter restrictions, including a ban on household mixing.
Meanwhile Queen Elizabeth II made a first public appearance outside a royal residence since the start of the pandemic, going unmasked during a visit to a top-secret British government research lab.
With nearly 1.1 million coronavirus deaths and close to 40 million cases worldwide, countries in many parts of the world are facing tough choices on how to control the disease without the economic and social devastation wrought by nationwide lockdowns.
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