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Regional News • Europe
WHO envoy warns of third Coronaivurs wave in Europe if governments don't build necessary infrastructure

David Nabarro, a World Health Organization special Coronavirus envoy, has told the Swiss newspaper Solothurner Zeitung that Europe could face a third wave next year if governments "don’t build the necessary infrastructure."

He praised Asian countries such as South Korea: “People are fully engaged, they take on behaviors that make it difficult for the virus. They keep their distance, wear masks, isolate when they’re sick, wash hands and surfaces. They protect the most endangered groups.”

“Another element that is very clear in East Asia is that once you have brought down the case numbers … you don’t relax the measures,” he said. “You wait until the case numbers are low and stay low. You have to prepare the necessary measures to stop future outbreaks.”

Regional News • Middle East
Kabul: Rockets strike residential areas, several killed

Twenty-three rockets have struck Kabul, Afghan, hitting areas in the centre and the north. According to Tariq Arian, spokesman for the interior ministry, the rockets were fired from a small truck. The regional Islamic State group claimed responsibility. At least eight people have been killed, over 30 wounded.

Regional News • Europe
Italy: 33,979 Coronavirus cases and 546 deaths

Italy reported 33,979 Coronavirus cases and 546 deaths on Sunday, a slight decrease compared to Saturday. The Lombardy is one of the hardest hit regions of the country.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Coronavirus: 47.5 million global cases, 1.2 million deaths worldwide

There are now 47.5 million cases of Coronavirus globally. 1.2 million people have died of the virus. America is the country with the highest case count, followed by India, Brazil and Mexico.

This data comes from the Johns Hopkins University.

Regional News • Africa
American hostage held in Nigeria rescued by US forces
American hostage held in Nigeria rescued by US forces
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An American abducted in Niger on Monday and taken to Nigeria has been rescued by the US Navy's elite SEAL Team 6.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman: "U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation."

Climate & Environment
Turkey, Greece: 7.0-magnitude earthquake hits Aegean Sea
Turkey, Greece: 7.0-magnitude earthquake hits Aegean Sea
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On Friday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece and Turkey. The earthquake caused buildings to crash and triggered a mini tsunami.

At least 27 people were killed – 25 in Turkey, 2 in Greece – and at least 804 people were injured. 470 aftershocks have been recorded.

Regional News • Europe • France
Compulsory masks for schoolchildren aged 6 and over in France
Compulsory masks for schoolchildren aged 6 and over in France
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France makes masks mandatory in class for schoolchildren aged six and over, PM Castex said. Up until now, masks were only mandatory for children aged 11 and older.

"From Monday, when children return to school, the sanitary protocol will be made stricter. The requirement to wear a face mask will be extended to primary school children over the age of six."

Regional News • Europe
Poland: Coronavirus cases tripled in less than a month
Closed border crossing between the Czech Republic and Poland during the COVID-19 pandemic
Closed border crossing between the Czech Republic and Poland during the COVID-19 pandemic Credit: Darwinek (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Poland's Coronavirus cases have tripled in less than a month. The country has exceeded 300,000 cases as of Thursday, with a new highest daily count of 20,156.

14,631 hospital beds are currently occupied by Coronavirus patients and 1203 ventilators are in use.

Regional News • Asia • India
India surpasses 8 million Coronavirus cases
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment while caring for patients with coronavirus infection in the Indian state of Kerala.
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment while caring for patients with coronavirus infection in the Indian state of Kerala. Credit: Javed Anees (Public Domain)

Over 8,040,000 Coronavirus cases have been recorded in India, making it the second-worst hit country. 120,527 people have died due to the Coronavirus.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: 16,282 Coronavirus cases, daily record
Germany: 16,282 Coronavirus cases, daily record
Credit: Courtesy of Risklayer

Germany has reported 16,282 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. This is the country's highest daily case count. Death toll rose by 97. The data comes directly from the regional health authorities and has been aggregated by risklayer.

Previously the highest recorded number of new cases had been 14,964.