With the coronavirus surging in Europe, the leaders of France and Germany reimposed lockdowns.
Bars, restaurants, theaters and other gathering places will be closed. France will let students continue to attend school, however.
With COVID-19 also on the rise in the U.S., the stock market didn’t take well to the news. It plunged more than 900 points, continuing a losing streak that’s being blamed on rising virus rates on both continents.
The world of sports wasn’t faring any better. The Big 10 football game between Wisconsin and Nebraska this Saturday was canceled after some Badgers tested positive for COVID-19. And the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner left World Series Game 6 with a positive COVID-19 test but returned to the field for a celebration and photos with the trophy. He hugged teammates and posed for photos, but didn’t keep a mask on the entire time.
- The White House has listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” among the Trump administration’s accomplishments. The U.S. breaks records for new coronavirus cases daily.
- Workers considering moving to a lower cost-of-living area amid the pandemic could be hit with a massive pay cut.
- For first time since the pandemic began, the U.S. added more than half a million coronavirus cases in a week, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
📈Today’s numbers: A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows 20 states set records for new cases in a week while three states had a record number of deaths in a week: Nebraska Tennessee and Wyoming. The U.S. has reported more than 8.8 million cases and more than 227,400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 44.3 million cases and 1.2 million deaths.
Read this: USA TODAY recently checked back in with some of the dozens of Americans who spoke to us earlier this year after losing jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and found that many have edged closer to financial calamity.
France, Germany reimpose lockdowns
France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the second nationwide lockdown will last from midnight Thursday until Dec. 1, but said schools would remain open.
More than half the country’s intensive care units are occupied by COVID-19 patients. French military and commercial planes are ferrying critically ill virus patients to other regions as hospitals fill up.
German officials have agreed to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other leisure facilities in a bid to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
The World Health Organization says the European region – which includes Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia, according to its definition – accounted for…