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Virus update: Europe locking down as US passes 99,000 cases a day

Virus update: Europe locking down as US passes 99,000 cases a day


England will follow other countries with a monthlong lockdown starting next week after being warned that a resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals in weeks without tough action. 

European countries such as France, Germany and Belgium began imposing a second lockdown amid surging caseloads. 

The U.S. death toll from the pandemic topped 230,000 on Saturday. The U.S. reported 99,321 new Covid-19 cases on Friday -- the highest single day number of cases recorded for any country. The top five records in daily cases all occurred within eight days, and an expert says he worries the upward trend will push hospitals past capacity. 

Friday's number surpassed the previous daily record held by India, which reported 97,894 coronavirus cases in a single day on September 17, according to India's health ministry. The total number of U.S. COVID-19 cases has reached at least 9,079,125, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Click or tap stories below for full coverage. Scroll to the end to see eight charts showing spread in the U.S. and world.

Meanwhile in the U.S., ghosts, skeletons, princesses and black cats roamed the streets as usual this Halloween, but they kept their distance, wore face coverings and carried hand sanitizer in their quest for treats.

Like with everything else this year, the pandemic also left its mark on Halloween. Parades, parties and haunted houses were canceled due to bans on large gatherings and concerns that spooky celebrations could spread the coronavirus.

In other news, college sports considered to struggle to contain virus spread with teams and staff, and states began restoring or enacting measures to block a third wave of COVID-19.

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