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A couple walks past a sign announcing the mandatory use of masks in central Brussels as Belgian government meets to announce new restrictive measures after a spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, Belgium October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Police officers patrol Brussels' Grand Place during a nighttime curfew imposed by the Belgian government as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brussels, Belgium October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An ambulance worker wearing a full personal protective equipment (PPE) is disinfected by a collage outside the emergency unit of Severo Ochoa hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Leganes, outside Madrid, Spain, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
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Police officers wearing protective masks look at a dog, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester, Britain October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A member of the medical personnel looks on as patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are being treated at the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle hospital, in Liege, Belgium October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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An ambulance worker wearing a full personal protective equipment (PPE) is disinfected by a collage outside the emergency unit of Severo Ochoa hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Leganes, outside Madrid, Spain, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
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Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-8 unit's female nurse Elena Tena gets help from technician Jose Sevillano with her full protective gear after examining a patient in his home amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, October 19, 2020. Picture taken October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-8 unit's nurse Elena Tena wearing full protective gear walks to treat a patient in his home amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, October 19, 2020. Picture taken October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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People walk past a mural, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Manchester, Britain October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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People wear protective masks as they ride on a tram, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester, Britain October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a signage amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chelmsford, Britain October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs
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People wearing protective masks walk in a shopping street as Belgian government meets to announce new restrictive measures after a spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in central Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A member of the medical personnel adjusts gloves as patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle hospital, in Liege, Belgium October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-8 unit's technicians Jose Sevillano and Ignacio Crespo push Araceli, 83, in a wheelchair to the 12 de Octubre Hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, October 19, 2020. Picture taken October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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An informational sheet of paper is seen as patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle hospital, in Liege, Belgium October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-8 unit's nurse Elena Tena and medical resident Mireya Nadal take a swab sample from Leoncia, 86, in her home amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, October 19, 2020. Picture taken October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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A man walks past a sign announcing the mandatory use of masks in central Brussels as Belgian government meets to announce new restrictive measures after a spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, Belgium October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Updated 20 October 2020

Virus cases surge across shaken Europe

European nations are imposing curfews, closing schools, and enlisting student medics as overwhelmed authorities face the nightmare scenario of a COVID resurgence at the onset of winter.