Nov. 14 (UPI) — Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz introduced Saturday that the nation goes to enter a second lockdown whereas Greece plans to shut major colleges for 2 weeks and Iran plans to impose tighter restrictions as COVID-19 an infection charges rose across the globe.

On Saturday the World Well being Group reported 657,312 new instances of COVID-19 around the globe and 9,797 new deaths recorded within the earlier 24 hours. Johns Hopkins College’s coronavirus tracker reported 53.7 million complete infections and 1.Three million deaths around the globe for the reason that pandemic started.

The USA reported each the best variety of new instances — 1,142 — and the best cumulative variety of instances at 10.5 million.

However the price of recent infections in Europe has spiked sharply upward in current weeks, with a number of international locations reporting numbers of recent infections which are a number of occasions increased than they had been two weeks in the past and likewise exceed the variety of instances recorded throughout the spring.

In Austria, Kurz mentioned Saturday that authorities are failing to hint 77% of recent COVID-19 infections and that the nation’s goal an infection price has exploded to 10 occasions increased than anticipated — prompting a two-and-a-half week lockdown within the nation.Austria reported 9,586 new infections Friday — a quantity 9 occasions increased than on the peak of its preliminary wave earlier this yr. It has recorded greater than 191,000 instances complete for the reason that pandemic started, and 1,661 COVID-related deaths.

Its new restrictions will kick in Tuesday, and can embrace the closure of colleges and shuttering of all non-essential outlets and companies.

The Greek authorities plans to shut all major colleges and nurseries for 2 weeks after reporting its second highest variety of new infections — 3,038 — for the reason that starting of the pandemic.

The nation has additionally imposed a nationwide public curfew from 9 p.m. to five a.m., although people who have to exit for work, to see a physician or stroll a pet are exempted.

And Iranian deputy well being minister Alireza Raisi introduced by state tv Saturday that the nation will impose tighter restrictions on 100 cities and cities as its an infection price climbs.

Masks are already obligatory in Tehran, and Raisi mentioned non-essential companies — akin to cinemas, cafes, gyms and swimming pools — will shutter within the nation.

The nation introduced 7,820 new infections and 386 new deaths, bringing the whole variety of instances in Iran to 612,772 and the whole variety of deaths to just about 35,000.