PARIS (AFP) – Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
More than 1.1 million dead
The virus has claimed at least 1,133,136 lives worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Thursday, based on official sources.
At least 41,304,029 cases have been registered across the globe.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 222,220 deaths, followed by Brazil with 155,403, India with 116,616, Mexico with 87,415 and Britain with 44,158.
French curfew extended
France extends a curfew to two-thirds of the population, as it registers a record 41,622 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours on as the health situation continues to deteriorate.
The country’s public health agency also reports 165 new deaths linked to Covid-19.
Surge in Germany, Italy
Germany and Italy are among the other European countries facing record surges, registering their highest one-day tallies since the pandemic began.
German health experts warn of a “very serious” situation. Italy orders curfews in regions that cover the capital Rome and business hub Milan.
Greece declares a nighttime curfew from 00:30 am to 05:00 am that comes into force on Saturday for Athens, the northern city of Thessaloniki and other areas to curb the spread of the virus.
Airlines lose billions
American Airlines, which recently slashed 19,000 jobs, announces its earnings plunged 73 percent in the third quarter, causing a loss of $2.4 billion.
And IAG, the owner of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, announces it dived into a loss totalling $1.52 billion in the third quarter.
Belgium minister in intensive care
Belgium’s 45-year-old Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, is admitted to intensive care in a Brussels hospital after her condition worsened overnight.