Coronavirus live news: cases in France hit one-day high as WHO warns of 'alarming' transmission across Europe

Cases in France hit 10,593 in 24 hours; WHO warns against shortening quarantine in Europe

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Canada’s most populous province has announced new restrictions and steep fines amid a surge of Covid-19 infections that has prompted concerns the country is losing control of the virus.

Ontario premier Doug Ford on Thursday announced plans to limit the size of gatherings, reversing course on previous steps to reopen the province’s economy. The new rules reduce the size of indoor gatherings to 10, down from 50, and outdoor gatherings to 25, down from 100.

This is a serious situation, folks. We will throw the book at you if you break the rules. This crisis is far from over.

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Gambia’s economic growth rate may fall to 2% in 2020 versus a forecast 6% due to the coronavirus pandemic, the president Adama Barrow said on Thursday, as he relaxed a nighttime curfew but kept other lockdown restrictions in place.

The gross domestic product of mainland Africa’s smallest country grew 6% in 2019 despite a sharp drop in agricultural output and the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, the travel operator that brought around 40% of annual visitors.

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Source: theguardian