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Global COVID-19 cases approach 40 million as Europe faces second mass outbreak Updated: 2020-10-16 17:08:14 KST

The jump from six million only took 10 days.
According to the World Health Organization on Wednesday, Europe has now recorded more than seven million cases of COVID-19.
The virus is the fifth leading cause of death on the continent, and countries have imposed curfews and partial lockdowns to try to contain the resurgence.

"The decision we have taken is a curfew for the Paris region, where the virus is in very active circulation, and several other cities, eight other cities as well as the Paris region."

The situation isn't any better across the Atlantic in the United States, which is now approaching a total of 8 million cases according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This comes as a recent WHO study revealed that the antiviral drug Remdesivir has "little or no effect" on patient mortality rates.
Meanwhile, South Korea saw the number of daily COVID-19 infections drop below 50 for the first time in over two weeks this Friday.
Of the 47 formally reported, 41 were locally transmitted with Seoul and the surrounding area accounting for most of those cases.
These include cluster infections at a pub in Incheon, a hospital in Seoul, and from social gatherings in Gangwon-do Province.
Five more cases have also been found from the nursing home outbreak in Busan.
They will be included in tomorrow's COVID-19 figures.

"Cluster infections are still popping up from social gatherings and at places where high-risk facilities are concentrated, so it's too early to relax.”

Another cause of concern is the increasing amount of tourists and hikers heading to the mountains to enjoy the autumn leaves amid the recent relaxation of social distancing guidelines to level 1.
Starting Saturday, national parks will operate under special measures for the fall to prevent a potential spread of the virus.
The number of critically ill patients has risen to 85 and the total caseload now stands at slightly over 25-thousand.
COVID-19 has claimed two more lives, bringing the country's official death toll to 441.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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