Germany, Italy and seven other countries see record new coronavirus infections

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At least nine European countries have seen record coronavirus infections as a second wave grips the continent.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland all recorded record numbers of infections in the past day.

The daily death toll almost doubled in Italy, which today was added to the UK's travel quarantine list, along with neighbouring San Marino and Vatican City.

Italian authorities recorded a further 83 deaths on Thursday, up from 43 on Wednesday.

However, this is still far fewer than at the height of the pandemic earlier this year when more than 900 fatalities were recorded daily.

Increased testing capacities across Europe mean it is impossible to compare these figures with the first coronavirus wave in spring.

But fears are growing of a second wave affecting all the continent, including many parts of Eastern Europe which had much lower infection rates last time around.

Germany, which recorded a record 6,638 cases on Thursday, as well as 33 new deaths, triple the same figure last week.

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