Europe and US pass virus milestones as France locks down

Paris (AFP) – Europe passed 10 million coronavirus infections, the United States topped nine million and France entered a new lockdown on Friday as the resurgent pandemic increasingly forced other countries to consider following suit.Belgium became the latest European country to tighten restrictions as virus numbers skyrocket across the continent, which recorded 41 percent more cases this week than the previous seven days, according to an AFP tally.Europe is now recording 241,000 new cases a day — compared to 15,000 at the start of July — and represented roughly half of last week’s global in…

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