Deaths in Europe jumped by 18% during the past week in comparison to the previous one.
Here's a look at where things stand in some countries across the continent:
- A mink farming ban in Denmark: Mink farming has been temporarily prohibited until Dec. 31, 2021. During the same period it will also be forbidden to import or export live minks to or from Denmark and between herds in Denmark. This temporary ban is part of an agreement reached between the government and parties supporting the government. The move follows fears that coronavirus mutations can pass between minks and humans.
- Record cases in Poland: The country recorded a record number of new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The Health ministry tweeted that new 19,883 daily cases were registered, adding that "112 people had died due to COVID-19, while 491 people had died due to the coexistence of COVID-19 with other diseases."
- Protests over restrictions in Germany: An anti-corona measures demonstration is taking place in central Berlin. Several thousand demonstrators assembled near the parliamentary district, according to a Berlin police spokesman. Police are using water cannons at the demonstration, television pictures show.
- Christmas plans in the United Kingdom: UK medical adviser Susan Hopkins said on Wednesday that some sort of Christmas is possible this season — however it requires everyone to abide restriction and get the number of cases as low as possible. Hopkins added that the final decision rests with the government. Hopkins stressed that if mixing during the Christmas were to happen, everyone would have to be very responsible and reduce those contacts again.