AFP reports that more than 500 000 new coronavirus cases were reported worldwide on Tuesday in a new record, according to a tally from health authorities compiled by AFP.
In total, 516 898 new infections and 7 723 deaths were announced, according to the tally compiled on Wednesday.
AFP reports that business owners and opposition politicians in Italy rebelled on Wednesday against the latest restrictions imposed to combat a spike in coronavirus cases, after days of occasionally violent protests.
Musicians, who had financial difficulties due to the pandemic restrictions, gather at Parliament Square during a demonstration in London.
Scores of chefs and restaurateurs joined a rally in central Rome at lunchtime, kicking off protests in 24 cities organised by a business federation against rules forcing restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses to close their doors at 18:00.
Far-right and nationalist politicians ramped up their attacks on Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, accusing him of sacrificing the economy for measures that will not save Italy from the virus.
As he struggled to quell the anger late on Tuesday, Conte announced a package of tax cuts and support for the most affected businesses worth more than five billion euros.
However, warnings were growing that the health system was starting to struggle after the country registered 21 994 cases on Tuesday – the highest 24-hour count since the start of the pandemic.
Protests in several cities have turned violent in recent days as football hooligans, far-right activists and others have brought trouble to otherwise peaceful demonstrations.
Wednesday’s Rome protest, held in front of the Pantheon close to the Senate, drew politicians of all stripes keen to get on side with the burgeoning movement – even as its leaders insisted it was politically neutral.
Tunisia says Covid-19 spread ‘very dangerous’ with new curbs expected