Latest news updates: France pushes boosters and tightens Covid restrictions as cases soar

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The president of the European Commission has said Europe needs to “step up” vaccinations, as infections surge across the continent ahead of the holiday season.

“Vaccination against Covid-19 saves thousands of lives in the European Union,” Von der Leyen said on Thursday. “But a new wave is hitting us and we need to step up vaccination further.”

EU agencies now recommend booster doses for all adults and the bloc has secured enough doses to support rollouts in members states, she added.

Germany, the EU’s most populous country, registered 63.8 new cases per 100,000 people on November 23, having reported lows of 11.2 average cases per 100,000 people as recently as October.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s main public health authority, 100,119 people in the country have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The virus is spreading even faster in Austria and the Netherlands, according to the

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