COVID-19 cases soar in Europe as testing increases

European countries are attempting to stave off the worst of the looming crisis while trying to avoid full national lockdowns.
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cases. They're also rising over in Europe and governments there are cracking down. ABC's Julia Macfarlane is on the story from London. Julia, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Europe really thought it had beaten the worst of coronavirus but cases are once again soaring as testing has increased and don't forget, as winter and flu season draws closer, the hospitals are filling up. They're at pains to stave off the worst of this looming crisis while trying to avoid full national lockdowns. Here in London, 9 million people have been ordered not to socialize indoors with people not living in their households. Prime minister Boris Johnson last night warning that the spread of covid-19 in north of England is grave and that time is of the essence. Elsewhere in Europe, France recording its highest number of daily cases and today imposing a curfew on the capital of Paris and eight other areas. The finance minister there warning that all of these closures are going to cost the state more than a billion dollars. Meanwhile, Germany and the Czech Republic, they have also recorded record rates of infections in recent days with more testing taking place. And in Madrid, take a look at this hotel converted into a hospital to try to treat coronavirus patients who can't self-isolate at home including two mothers who very recently gave birth. Whit. Drastic measures to keep people safe. Julia Macfarlane, thank you. Joining us now from los

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