Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase as much of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak, Reuters reports.
In recent weeks, Europe, which successfully tamped down the first surge of infections, has emerged as the new coronavirus epicenter and reports on average 140,000 cases a day over the past week, Reuters says.
The highest number of cases is observed in France, the UK, Russia, Spain, and the Netherlands.
France latest daily rate equals 19,425 cases.
Several European countries closed schools and universities. Russia started remote modes, while North Ireland closes schools for two weeks. Spain decided to close bars and restaurants, and the Czech Republic also launched using remote modes of studying and learning.
Polish health officials stated that the country faces a catastrophe.