Your Friday Briefing

Europe’s restrictions, India’s smog, U.S. voters: Here’s what you need to know.

By Carole Landry

Good morning.

We’re covering new coronavirus restrictions in Europe, a double health crisis in India and long lines of eager, early voters in the U.S.

‘Absolutely necessary’ virus restrictions in Europe

London will join other big cities in Europe, including Paris and Berlin, in tightening restrictions to beat back a rising new wave of coronavirus infections.

The weekly number of new cases in Europe is now at its highest point since the start of the pandemic, rising to seven million from six million in just 10 days, according to the regional director of the World Health Organization’s Europe office, Hans Kluge. The number of daily deaths have passed the level of 1,000 for the first time in months, he said.

Restrictions on social gatherings were “absolutely necessary,” Mr. Kluge said, and more drastic action might be needed. Business owners were worried.

Here are our latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

Singapore and Hong Kong have reached a preliminary agreement to establish a travel bubble. Under the agreement, travelers must test negative for the virus and fly only on designated flights to avoid having to quarantine.

Two officials in Qingdao, China, have been fired and are under investigation after a new outbreak there, the city government said on Thursday.

Barron Trump, President Trump’s 14-year-old son, was also infected with the coronavirus, according to his mother, Melania Trump.

The coronavirus meets smog season in India

As New Delhi enters the fall pollution season, doctors and scientists are warning that deteriorating air quality may make the city’s Covid-19 problems even worse.

Both assault the respiratory system and are peaking at the same time. “We’re just sitting ducks,” an environmental activist said.

India’s coronavirus outbreak continues to spread and is on track to outpace that of the United States, which has the world’s biggest caseload.

Toxic air: The spring lockdown gave the country its clearest skies in years, but the pollution is back. In the fall, air temperatures and wind speeds drop, condensing pollutants over India’s cities, especially in the north. And farmers in rural areas burn stalks and refuse from their crops, sending up huge clouds of smoke that drift for miles.

Countermeasures: The Delhi government is doing more this year to fight pollution, including setting up a war room to track pollution hot spots and turning to anti-smog guns that blast mist into the air to knock down the dust.

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