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New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

COVID-19 precautions are tightening in Europe as case numbers rise again.
Credit: AP
Medical staff takes a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus test center in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

BERLIN, Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday. 

New restrictions went into effect in several other European nations in an effort to staunch the resurgence of the pandemic.

 In Britain, a three-tier regional approach to battle the pandemic introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week went into effect, with each level bringing in progressively tighter restrictions. 

In Paris and eight other French cities, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other establishments were being forced to close early to reduce contact among people.