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Here's the latest:

Britain is expected to issue a new shutdown plan with three tiers of restrictions in parts of its northern region, including the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, that have experienced alarming spikes in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

The plan, which is similar to the one set to take effect in New York City, would mandate the closure of hundreds of pubs and restaurants in areas with the most infections, according to the BBC. But schools and places of worship would remain open.

The new proposal comes after more targeted local lockdowns were reported as having little impact on reducing the spread of the virus, with infections doubling in those cities and towns.

England has recorded more than 500,000 coronavirus cases to date, but the country has been gripped by a second wave of cases, with an average of more than 13,000 new cases in a day.

In the northwest region, hospital admissions have soared, growing sevenfold since the start of September, the Guardian reported.

Other parts of Europe are also battling a resurgence. In Paris, bars and most cafes were ordered to close on Tuesday for a period of two weeks after the French capital reached its warning threshold of cases, with over 3,500 new infections a day. Restaurants were allowed to stay open as long as they followed certain safety rules. Gyms and indoor swimming pools were closed to adults only.

France recently reported nearly 17,000 new cases in one day.

Meanwhile, Madrid saw its highest regional court on Thursday reject a lockdown imposed by Spain’s central government. The ruling argued that while travel restrictions in and out of the cities might be necessary to curb the spread of the virus, they violated residents' "fundamental rights and freedoms." Spanish officials had been seeking to fine people for leaving their municipalities and businesses that stayed open beyond a curfew.

Spain is suffering one of the worst resurgences of the continent, with around 12,000 average new cases in a day.

And on Thursday, Germany reported a 43 percent jump in new coronavirus cases, the highest number since April.

In a news conference in Berlin, Health Minister Jens Span called the sharp rise to 4,058 daily cases “worrying” and blamed it on an increasingly lax attitude among some segments of the population.

“People think that the virus isn’t as serious because we got through the summer well,” he said. “But that’s a false conclusion. It was because we took preventative measures that we did well.”

All told, Europe has reported over 6.2 million coronavirus cases and over 240,000 deaths since the pandemic started, according to the World Health Organization.

The WHO recently issued a report showing that as many 60% of Europeans in some cases are now experiencing pandemic fatigue.