Coronavirus live news: ‘very serious’ rise in German cases; former Belgian PM Sophie Wilmès in intensive care

Coronavirus live news: ‘very serious’ rise in German cases; former Belgian PM Sophie Wilmès in intensive care

October 22, 2020

German daily cases rise by 11,287; Wilmès ‘is conscious and can communicate’; France follows Spain in passing 1m infections

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The Indian state of West Bengal reported its biggest daily tally of new Covid-19 infections as thousands of people thronged the streets for a major Hindu festival that began last week, Reuters reports.

India has seen a sharp drop in infections since a September peak, but experts have warned it could see a resurgence during Durga Puja this week, and Diwali, the festival of light, in mid-November.

Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia have all reported their highest one-day rise in cases, Reuters reports.

Croatia reported its biggest rise in daily new Covid-19 infections on Thursday with 1,563 new cases, nearly half of which were in Zagreb, where they more than doubled. The capital recorded a high of 705 new infections compared with the previous day’s 337 infections. So far, Croatia, a country of some four million people, has recorded 29,850 cases with 406 deaths. There are currently 7,380 active cases.

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