Europe prepares for extra ache as Covid instances surge

Milan, October 26

European leaders warned of difficult months ahead as the resurgent Covid pandemic forced authorities to impose new restrictions to try to curb the spread of the disease.

Word that a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc produced immune responses in both elderly and young people offered some positive news. However, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock cautioned that the vaccine would not be widely available until next year.

France posted more than 50,000 daily cases for the first time on Sunday, while the continent passed the threshold of 2,50,000 deaths.

“We are facing very, very difficult months ahead,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

China’s Xinjiang reported 137 new cases. — Agencies

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