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UK reports more than 21,000 new COVID-19 cases; Italy imposes nighttime curfew Updated: 2020-10-21 10:06:52 KST

The World Health Organization has praised many East Asian countries, including South Korea, for their fight against COVID-19.
Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said on Tuesday that countries there have made huge progress to keep the daily number of new cases low.
His comments come after Europe reported a fresh surge in cases.

On Tuesday, Britain recorded a steep jump of 21,331 new COVID caseshigher than the 18-thousand reported the previous day.
241 additional deaths were also reported, the highest daily death toll since early June.
The country's medical director warned the trend in deaths is rising sharply, especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions have been introduced, with pubs, bars and restaurants closed in some parts of the country, and 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."

In Italy, certain regions are introducing a nighttime curfew to contain a surge in 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.
The curfew is expected to last for three weeks until November 13.
Other areas are also taking steps to cope with the second wave.
The southern region of Campania said it would follow suit from Friday, while Piedmont, in the northwest, said it would shut shopping centers during the weekend.

Amid a rise in cases, Pope Francis wore a face mask for the first time while attending a public service on Tuesday.
He has faced criticism for being in close contact with crowds without wearing a mask.
In recent weeks, seven more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Vatican City, raising concern that the world's smallest nation could be hit hard as well.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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