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Merkel Sounds Alert With Virus Resurgent in Europe’s Cities

  • France reports more than 20,000 new cases, most in pandemic
  • Spain orders travel curbs for Madrid over local opposition
Pedro Sanchez on Oct. 9.
Pedro Sanchez on Oct. 9.Photographer: Lluis Gene/AFP via Getty Images
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Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany is at a tipping point in Europe’s resurgent virus pandemic and France reported the most daily cases yet, signaling the potential for rising economic and human costs heading into the winter.

Record cases in many parts of Europe are stoking tension as governments increasingly restrict public life in major cities, where local officials are facing a lockdown-weary public. One focus is Spain, where the government declared a state of emergency for Madrid on Friday to curb outbound travel ahead of a long weekend.