PARIS (REUTERS) - France may be experiencing 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day - twice the latest official figure - Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic, told RTL radio on Monday (Oct 26). "There is probably more than 50,000 cases per day. We estimate, on the scientific committee, that we are more in the region of 100,000 cases per day," said Prof Delfraissy. France, the euro zone's second-biggest economy, is currently examining whether to tighten lockdown measures further to curb the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus, having already imposed night-time curfews on major cities including Paris. The health ministry reported on Sunday a record 52,010 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, as a second wave of cases surges through Europe. The new cases took the French total to 1,138,507, with France overtaking Argentina and Spain in registering the world's fifth-highest number of cases. The ministry said 116 people had died from coronavirus infection in the 24 hours to Sunday, down from 137 a day earlier, taking total deaths to 34,761. Related Stories:
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BERLIN (AFP) - Germany reported a huge jump in coronavirus cases on Thursday (Oct 22), with health experts warning of a "very serious" situation and regional disagreements hampering efforts to slow the spread. The country reported 11,287 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours - a large increase from the previous record of 7,830 last Friday. "The overall situation has become very serious," Dr Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre, told a press conference. It is still possible to bring the virus under control through "systematic compliance with restrictive measures", Dr Wieler said. But he urged people to observe the rules and cautioned that an "uncontrolled" spread could be unavoidable in some regions. Germany was praised for managing to contain the virus earlier this year, even welcoming patients from other countries where health systems were buckling under the strain. Patchwork of rules The figures are still well below those of many other European countries, but Germany has been facing a steady increase in cases for several weeks. There are currently 964 virus patients in intensive care, 430 of them on respirators,