Roundup: record infection figures in several European countries
Madrid Desk, Oct 7 (efe-epa).- Italy on Wednesday logged its highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since mid-April while the Czech Republic and Poland set new national records in that regard.
Germany also grappled with a rising contagion rate while Belgium and France closed cafes and bars in a bid to bring the Covid-19 outbreak under control.
Italian health authorities detected 3,678 Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the highest daily rise since 16 April.
The number of tests carried out in the provision of the data was 125,000, higher than the daily average, which meant more positive cases could be detected, health authorities pointed out.
Although the surge in cases may cause concern in Italy, which was badly affected by the first Covid-19 wave earlier this year, the country’s figure remains relatively low compared to others like Spain and neighbouring France.
Prime minister Giuseppe Conte is currently mulling the possibility of extending obligatory mask use across the nation. The measure is already in place in regions such as Lazio and Calabria.
The Czech Republic registered a record number of daily infections, overtaking Spain as the European country with the highest rate of infections.
Authorities recorded 4,457 cases in the last 24 hours with an average infection rate over the past two weeks of 327 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 302 in Spain.