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Curfews Spread Around Europe as French Cases Top 40,000 (2)

Oct. 23, 2020, 5:54 AM

European governments began to deploy curfews more widely, as the coronavirus pandemic gained momentum across the continent and France reported more than 40,000 new cases for the first time.

Daily infections are hitting records around Europe, and cases in France surged by 41,622 Thursday. Against that backdrop, authorities are expanding a curfew beyond Paris and other large cities, with some 46 million people told to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Friday at midnight.

“In France, like everywhere in Europe, the second wave is here,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said. “The situation is grave.”

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