France has reported a large jump in new Covid-19 cases which have jumped to 30, 621 infections confirmed on Thursday.
The World Health Organization, WHO, has warned that tough restrictions are “absolutely necessary” to save lives.
Millions in Europe have been told they must live under strict new measures as governments battle a second wave.
France, Italy, Poland and Germany all recorded their largest daily rise in new cases on Thursday since mass testing began.
From Saturday, socialising indoors will be banned in London, as the UK capital and other areas of England will be put under a higher Covid alert.
Russia recorded its highest number of daily fatalities since the start of the epidemic with 286 people reported to have died from the virus.