COVID crisis in Europe skyrockets

France responded to its highest daily death toll since April by announcing a new lockdown of the country as Europe passed the 9 million mark in cases.
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Yes, we will. We turn now to the covid crisis overseas. Cases in Europe are skyrocketing surpassing the 9 million mark in cases. France responding to its highly daily death toll since April by announcing a new lockdown of the country. James Longman joins us now from Brussels, Belgium, one of the world's worst hot spots. Good morning, James. Reporter: Good morning. Belgium is one of the worst hit places on Earth right now. 21% positivity rate. A town at 41% near here. If the spread continues like this 1 in 1,000 citizens here will be in the hospital with coronavirus in just two weeks and so countries across Europe are clamping down with some pretty draconian measures. Here in Belgium they're launching undercover health agents who go into businesses to ensureictions are in force. They'll have the same powers as police to offer fines up to a thousand dollars. In France president macron announced a nationwide lockdown and said this wave is likely to be deadlier than the first and told his country that the virus is circulating in the population at a faster rate than even the most pessimistic M predicted. Schools and essential businesses remain open but citizens have been told leave your home for any reason and you'll need to show documentation this. Time, though, many are also fearing the economic and emotional consequences of further lockdowns. We've seen in Naples, Italy, where massive protests have been going on. It struck Europe hard and just like the summer it may be a sign of things to come for the united States.

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