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New restrictions in US, Europe as virus deaths top 1.3m

A swathe of new restrictions to cut off a second wave of coronavirus infections came into force in Europe and the US today after New York closed bars and the global death toll climbed above 1.3 million.

Bars and clubs in the Big Apple, the epicentre of the US’s spring outbreak, were ordered to close at 10pm last night.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned he may follow other major US cities and move schools to online only teaching from as early as this Monday.

The US saw 188,858 more cases and 1,596 more deaths from Covid-19 yesterday, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Greece, battling a saturated national health system, has shut down all schools and imposed a nationwide night curfew from yesterday.

The Greek government announced the closure of primary schools, kindergartens and daycare centres, with secondary schools already closed and all lessons online since Monday.

“This is a measure of how serious the situation is,” said Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias today. 

In Italy, Naples plunged into the “red zone” of tough restrictions on a total of seven regions, or 26 million of the 60 million population.

The latest decree was signed late yesterday evening with Health Minister Roberto Speranza saying “there is no other way if we want to reduce the numbers of dead”.

The death toll in Italy rose to 44,139, one of Europe’s highest, with 550 more dying in the previous 24 hours and 41,

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