15 Oct 2020

Europe hit by severe second wave

From Morning Report, 7:23 am on 15 October 2020

France has declared a state of emergency as a severe second wave of Covid-19 sweeps across Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron has announced night time curfews in Paris and eight other major French cities. Italy has recorded seven-thousand-three-hundred-and-thirty-two cases in a single day, their highest ever daily tally. In Spain, the health ministry has recorded over 900,000 infections, the largest case load across Europe. The Netherlands, Spain and Germany have introduced partial lockdowns and Belgium is swiftly running out of intensive care beds. Poland has reported 166 deaths in 24 hours, their highest death toll since the pandemic began. And in the UK, Wales has banned visitors from Covid hotspots as politicians argue whether to lockdown the entire country. RNZ's Correspondent in London Vincent McAviney speaks to Corin Dann.