Covid figures prompt French and Dutch warnings, and deepening row in Spain

Coronavirus cases in France jump to record high as Spanish government calls for Madrid lockdown

The prime ministers of France and the Netherlands have issued stark warnings about their coronavirus figures, while in Spain, the western European country hardest hit by the virus, Madrid authorities have rejected the central government’s call for a lockdown across the capital.

Santé Publique France, the French public health authority, tallied 15,797 new confirmed cases on Friday, just shy of a daily record of 16,096 set on Thursday.

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