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Europe battles second wave with slew of daily infection records

Several European countries reported record numbers of coronavirus infections and fatalities on Wednesday, as the continent is gripped by a mounting second wave of the pandemic.

Warsaw, 28 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Several European countries reported record numbers of coronavirus infections and fatalities on Wednesday, as the continent is gripped by a mounting second wave of the pandemic.

Poland reported 18,820 new cases in the past 24 hours, beating the previous record set just a day earlier by over 2,500 infections, data from the Health Ministry showed.

Another 236 people died due to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, also a new record, bringing the overall death toll in Poland to 4,851.

The Czech Republic recorded 15,663 new daily coronavirus infections on Wednesday, breaking its latest recorded set four days earlier, according to the Health Ministry.

Based on proportion, the Czech Republic with its 10.7 million inhabitants has been hit hardest by the pandemic in Europe, alongside Belgium.

News agency Belga reported on Wednesday that 104 people died on Monday in Belgium, the first time the threshold of 100 fatalities within 24 hours was surpassed in the country since the end of April.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute logged a spike of 14,964 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour period, another record daily increase since the pandemic began.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to discuss imposing sweeping measures with regional leaders later in the day.

France is also considering imposing a second lockdown, as the highest daily death toll since April – 523 fatalities related to the virus – was recorded by the government late on Tuesday. The total death toll now stands at 35,541.

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