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France, Germany Head towards Lockdown as Virus Surges in Europe

France and Germany moved Thursday toward shutting down sectors of their economies as part of accelerating efforts worldwide to check a resurgent coronavirus and still limit the financial fallout.

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France Back in Coronavirus Lockdown as US Surges to Daily Record

France headed into a second lockdown on Friday as the resurgent coronavirus pandemic hit new heights in the United States with a daily record of more than 90,000 cases, just five days before the presidential election.

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Spain MPs OK 6-Month Extension of Virus State of Emergency

The Spanish parliament on Thursday approved the extension for six months of a state of emergency declared to fight a surge in coronavirus infections.

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French Students Age 6 and Up Must Wear Masks in Class, Says PM

French schools will require all students aged six and over to wear face masks in class, Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday ahead of a new coronavirus lockdown starting at midnight.

Until now masks were mandatory only for students 11 and older, but Castex told lawmakers in parliament that new efforts were needed "to protect all our children, teachers and parents."

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France, Germany Impose Drastic Curbs as Virus Surges in Europe

France was preparing to begin a new month-long national lockdown as Germany imposed drastic new curbs, with European leaders set to meet Thursday to discuss the explosive spikes in coronavirus infections on the continent.

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Merkel Eyes 'Lockdown Light' to Tame Virus

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to push for a "lockdown light" in crisis talks with Germany's regional leaders Wednesday, as the number of coronavirus cases soars and hospital beds fill up.

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'Hard Choices' as France Weighs New Virus Clampdown

French officials said Tuesday that tougher restrictions are looming to counter an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases as doctors warned many hospitals are just days away from being overrun with patients.

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Iran's Virus Deaths Exceed 33,000 with New Records

Iran's official novel coronavirus fatalities crossed the 33,000 mark on Tuesday, the health ministry said, as the country set new records in both daily deaths and infection cases.

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Anger over Italy Virus Rules as Curfews Enforced around Europe

Italian officials faced a backlash on Monday after imposing coronavirus restrictions aimed at "saving Christmas", as other hard-hit countries enforced curfews in a bid to avoid fresh national lockdowns.

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Free School Meals: A Political Football in England

A campaign by Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to feed England's poorest children during school holidays has turned into a political football, throwing the spotlight on increased poverty during the coronavirus outbreak.

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