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Germany records largest increase in new cases









Sweden sees greatest daily increase in infections





Russia records most daily cases since pandemic began

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Germany has recorded the greatest number of cases in a day since the pandemic began, with more than 23,500 new infections registered since Thursday.

Tighter restrictions to dampen the spread of the virus were introduced at the start of November, but appear to have so far failed to have an effect.

A debate about the extent to which people will have to be prepared to lower their expectations regarding Christmas celebrations is being given a lot of attention in the media. Christmas markets, traditional St Martin parades and the carnival season, which should have started this week, have all been cancelled.

Current restrictions, which have led to the closure of sport facilities and hospitality venues across the country are almost inevitably going to be extended beyond the 30 November deadline, and likely extended into December and possibly beyond.

More than 300,000 school pupils are in quarantine – up from around 50,000 in late September – along with about 30,000 teachers, prompting calls for schools to close. But the government has insisted they should remain open, along with other childcare facilities, such as nurseries and after-school clubs.

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