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New curbs as COVID-19 grips US, Europe

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US: Bars and restaurants in America’s biggest city will close early from Friday as the coronavirus outbreak surges across the United States and Europe, where Greece is being forced into a nighttime curfew.

It comes as the US, already the world’s hardest-hit country, experiences its third and worst-by-far spike in infections, and large parts of Europe shut down again to tackle the illness.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that all establishments licensed to sell alcohol, including bars and restaurants, should close at 10 pm.

Also launching new restrictions is Greece, which begins a nighttime curfew Friday after its leader said the country had been overwhelmed by a “tsunami” of infections.

New York was the early epicenter of America’s coronavirus pandemic, but hotspots have since popped up across the country, leaving practically no region in the US unaffected.

On Thursday, America’s third biggest city, Chicago, issued a new stay-at-home advisory, with the mayor calling on its 2.7 million people to scrap Thanksgiving plans and avoid travel.

“Every single one of us needs to step up and ‘Protect Chicago’ right now, or 2020 could go from bad to worse,” said a note on the city’s website.

More than 1,000 people are dying every day from COVID-19 in the US, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.

In embattled North Dakota, the governor has authorized COVID-19 positive medics who do not have symptoms to keep working in virus wards.- AFP