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PARIS: The number of people, who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in France, has surpassed 1 million, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) says.According to the university, the exact number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France stands at 1,000,369 as of 02:00 GMT.The death toll from Covid-19 in France amounts to 34,075 people, the university adds.France has thus become the second EU nation with more than 1 million coronavirus cases following Spain.The World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, more than 41.1 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 1.12 million fatalities, according to JHU.
ROME (BLOOMBERG) - Italy on Wednesday (Oct 14) reported a record number of new coronavirus cases, as the spread of the contagion surpassed levels reached at the peak of last spring's outbreak. New cases jumped to 7,332, higher than the 6,557 infections at the peak of the pandemic on March 21. The spike at least partly reflects more thorough screening. Daily tests totalled 152,196, almost 10 times the March daily average of 15,752. The resurgence in Italy, Europe's original epicentre for the virus, has so far been less severe than in neighboring France or in Spain, but the outbreak has been accelerating in recent days. Experts have cited the intensity and duration of the spring lockdown in Italy and the country's relatively late fall school reopening to explain the discrepancy. But with hospitalisations on the rise again - notably in southern regions that were largely spared from the initial outbreak - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government last week re-imposed the mandatory use of masks outdoors and this week added new curbs on nightlife, social events and amateur sports. The number of patients in intensive care units rose by 25 on Wednesday to 539. That compares
Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the "magic theories'' of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity and rejects war at all costs.