Europe: Several nations tighten measures as COVID-19 cases rise

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    France reported more than 6,000 new cases on Thursday – its second-highest daily caseload since the outbreak began.
    Infections are also rising in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.
    Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.

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