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The World Health Organization is holding a briefing on Friday on the coronavirus pandemic which, according to Johns Hopkins University, infected more than 30.2 million people and killed at least 946,800 people worldwide.
Parts of Europe are reporting worrying recurrences of the virus, with France and Spain both hitting record highs in new coronavirus cases. Hospital stays and deaths are also increasing in these countries, but slowly, as the virus is now spreading among more younger people.
"There are some worrying trends that we are beginning to recognize," said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, Head of the Department of Emerging Diseases and Zoonosis, WHO, on Wednesday. "What really worries me, I think, is that we are not only seeing an increase in the number of cases, but also an increase in hospital stays. We are seeing an increase in intensive care units."
Israel entered a second nationwide lockdown on Friday, closing restaurants, hotels, gyms and more amid new cases and at the start of the Jewish peak season. WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, said on Thursday the rise in cases across the continent as "a very serious situation".
"More than half of European countries have reported a 10% increase in cases in the past two weeks. In seven of these countries, newly reported cases have more than doubled over the same period," he said.
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