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UK reports more than 21,000 new COVID-19 cases; Italy imposes nighttime curfew Updated: 2020-10-21 07:19:11 KST

On Tuesday, Britain recorded a steep jump of 21,331 new COVID cases.
The figure is higher than the 18,804 virus infections reported the previous day.
241 more deaths were also reported, the highest daily death toll since early June.
This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the UK to over 762-thousand, while total deaths have reached almost 44 thousand.
The country's medical director said that the trend in deaths is rising sharply, warning of the importance of stopping the virus spreading to those who are at greater risk, referring to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Last week, tougher COVID-19 restrictions took effect, with pubs, bars and restaurants closed for some parts of the country, with only takeaway services allowed.

"This evening, informed by the data that we've just seen, I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to a very high alert level. That means that pubs and bars must close, unless they're serving substantial meals."

Over in Italy, parts of the country are introducing a nighttime curfew to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Starting Thursday, the northern region of Lombardy plans to impose the measure to discourage people from late night gatherings between 11 PM to 5 AM the following day.
People can only leave their home for health reasons or for work.
The curfew is expected to last for three weeks until November 13.
Other areas are also taking similar steps to cope with the second wave of the virus.
The southern region of Campania announced that it would follow suit from Friday, while Piedmont, Italy's northwest region said it would shut down shopping centres during the weekend.
So far, Italy has recorded over 434-thousand cases and the death toll is more than 36-thousand.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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