December 5, 2020

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Coronavirus live news: France reports record 60,486 new cases; Russia saw 9,798 Covid-linked deaths in September

France’s new infections more than 2,000 higher than previous record; Italy registers 37,809 new cases;...

France’s new infections more than 2,000 higher than previous record; Italy registers 37,809 new cases; Russia says Covid was main cause in 5,199 cases

8.18pm GMT

Europe’s number of coronavirus-linked deaths has surged past 300,000 and its number of infections surpassed 12 million, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The region’s 300,688 recorded deaths is second only to the 408,841 in Latin America and the Caribbean.

7.48pm GMT

Authorities in Slovakia say they hope a nationwide programme in which two-thirds of the country’s population were tested for Covid-19 in just two days last weekend will halve the number of cases of the virus in the country.

The Slovak testing programme has drawn interest from across Europe, as debates continue about whether or not blanket testing is the best way to fight coronavirus. A Downing Street team travelled to Slovakia last weekend to witness the testing, keen to draw lessons before a mass testing programme due to be launched in Liverpool this weekend.

Related: UK and others look for lessons from Slovakia’s Covid mass-testing project

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