US: Ten of the 50 states reported record one-day rises in cases, including the Midwestern states of Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio. Wisconsin and Illinois recorded over 3000 new cases for a second day in a row – a two-day trend not seen even during the height of the previous outbreak in the spring, according to Reuters data.
France: The ministry reported 26,896 new infections, taking the cumulative total to 718,873 since the start of the year. The number of deaths increased by 54 to 32,684.
Ireland has reported 1012 new cases, the highest number in a day since the start of the pandemic and almost double the average for the past week. The government last Monday banned indoor restaurant dining nationwide and limited the number of visitors to people’s homes. But it rejected a recommendation from public health officials to impose a much stricter lockdown.