Coronavirus infection rates are soaring in Europe as a second wave surges across the continent.
Here are the main developments:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the mayors of 11 cities, agreed a package of measures on Friday that aimed to stem the rise in coronavirus infections.
Cities will now be able to ask the country’s health department to send in the military for support if the infection rate surpasses 35 per 100,000 within a week.
There is also an 11pm curfew for bars and restaurants across Germany until the end of October.
Hospitals in the country have warned there could be staff shortages due to staff sicknesses as a result of COVID-19.
The country, which was widely praised for its coronavirus response, is now seeing its biggest jump in infections since April.
In Switzerland, Germany has been added to its quarantine list in recent days amid the climbing infection rate.
The country has also added Austria and Italy to its list of places from which travellers will have to isolate for 10 days.
However, there are very few domestic restrictions in Switzerland and instead citizens are reminded of the importance of social distancing and proper hygiene. The country wants to avoid telling people to stay at home again, despite the rise in infections.
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On Friday, France reported more than 20,000 daily cases of coronavirus – a record for the country.
The positivity rate of testing was more than 10% and 124 new hotspots were discovered across the country, meaning more than 1,300 places in France were now being monitored.
Leaders in Spain have declared a state of emergency in Madrid for 15 days amid rising infections in the Spanish capital.
Madrid has been effectively sealed off from the rest of the country, with police patrolling the streets in an effort to keep people at home in the city – a move which has sparked protests and anger.
The country has more than 860,000 confirmed cases – the highest in Europe.
A new record in daily cases has been reported. Infections hit nearly 6,500 in 24 hours, prompting the government to warn of new restrictions across the country.
If the number of infections and hospital admission does not drop this weekend, the Netherlands will be considered one of the worst-hit countries.
The country has reported its own record for a single day, with the health authority saying cases hit 1,646.
New daily cases have topped 5,000 – a high for the fifth day in a row – but the government has insisted on keeping schools open.
New restrictions announced on Thursday, including wearing masks outside at all times, are now in effect and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is expected to announce further limits.
Mr Morawiecki has not ruled out introducing a state of emergency if the number of cases continues to grow.
Some groups who oppose vaccinations have said they will organise protests around the country against the order to wear masks.
The most recent spike in new cases was reported in the southeast, where hospitals are said to be running out of COVID-19 beds.
A new all-time record of daily coronavirus cases for Russia has been reported too, with cases having risen by 12,846. It pushes the overall total number of infections there to 1,285,084.
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