FAST FIVE: France Joins Germany In Reviving Nationwide Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Soar Across Europe: Live Updates
* * * Update (1220ET): As some Italians take to the streets to protest the most restrictive nationwide measures since the end of the lockdown, Italy has reported another daily record, with 24,991 new cases reported in the last 24 hours on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the AP has published a lengthy update on the situation in Europe, which included comments made by EU President von der Leyen after a pan-European meeting on Wednesday.
In response, owners of restaurants and bars planned to stage a protest demanding more government support if their establishments are forced to close down again.
Here are the details (courtesy of Reuters) of the “lockdown-lite” proposed by Merkel, which will focus on closing bars, restaurants and public events to slow the second wave of the virus.
France, widely seen as Europe's epicenter as it booked upwards of 50k new cases a day over the weekend, reported 523 new deaths, including 235 in nursing homes and other government facilities, the highest total death toll since April.