Photo taken on Oct. 30, 2020 shows the closed Louvre Museum in Paris, France. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
-- France reports 38,619 COVID-19 cases, 270 deaths;
-- Romania's COVID-19 caseload doubles to 300,000 in less than a month;
-- UK imposes stricter restrictions on visitors from Denmark over mink COVID-19 fears;
-- Albania's single-day COVID-19 cases top 500, a new high.
BRUSSELS, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in European countries.
PARIS -- France on Sunday registered 38,619 COVID-19 cases and 270 related deaths over the past 24 hours, data from the health authorities showed.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, a total of 1,787,324 COVID-19 infections have been confirmed, including 40,439 fatalities.
The number of people in hospital with coronavirus rose by 822 to 30,243, getting closer to a peak of 32,113 during the lockdown in the spring. Further 118 patients were placed on ventilators in the last 24 hours, bringing the total in intensive care to 4,539.
A man wearing a face mask shows his identity card before casting a vote during the local elections in Bucharest, Romania on Sept. 27, 2020. (Photo by Gabriel Petrescu/Xinhua)
BUCHAREST -- Romania's COVID-19 caseload topped 300,000 on Sunday, reaching 303,751, after another 6,752 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, according to the authorities.
Official statistics showed that the total infections in the country exceeded 150,000 on Oct. 10 and 200,000 on Oct. 23, respectively.
Meanwhile, 86 COVID-19 patients -- 40 men and 46 women -- died, bringing the country's total deaths from the coronavirus-caused disease to 7,879, according to the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official COVID-19 communication task force.
Currently, 12,295 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in specialist healthcare facilities, including 1,056 in intensive care, the highest number recorded so far.
An information screen in the Central Station of Copenhagen shows Danish health authorities' promotions on wearing face-masks on public transports in Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug. 24, 2020. (Photo by Anders Kongshaug/Xinhua)
LONDON -- Freight drivers who are not British citizens and have been driving through Denmark in the last fortnight are warned that they will be turned away from the British border, the BBC reported Sunday.
The measures were taken after people voiced their concerns over a new coronavirus strain that has spread from mink to human in Denmark.
British citizens can return from Denmark, but will have to isolate along with all members of their household for 14 days. Cabin crew are also no longer exempt from the rules, which Ryanair described as a "bizarre and baseless" move, according to the BBC.
The new rules, which began at 4:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Sunday, follow a ban on non-British citizens coming to Britain from Denmark.
People are seen on a bus amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Tirana, Albania, July 6, 2020. (Photo by Arben Celi/Xinhua)
TIRANA -- Albanian health authorities on Sunday reported 501 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, a record high since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the country.
The majority of the new cases, or 219 cases, were registered in the capital city of Tirana. Two patients diagnosed with COVID-19 lost their lives in the last 24 hours, bringing the country's total fatalities to 559.
By Sunday, according to the health ministry, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has reached 24,206.■