Europe struggles to contain surge of coronavirus cases

France reports rising infection in Paris as Madrid lockdown to be extended to other Spanish cities

Bars in Paris have been ordered to close for two weeks, Madrid residents may no longer leave their city and Ireland is on the brink of a new national lockdown as governments struggle to contain a Europe-wide surge in Covid-19 cases.

With infections in the Paris area rising to 270 per 100,000 people – and as high as 500 per 100,000 among 20-30 year-olds – and 36% of intensive care beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, the city’s police chief said bars must close from Tuesday.

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