Europe, U.S. watch case totals grow, debate new restrictions

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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample at a COVID-19 testing site at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles in July. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) – Confirmed coronavirus infections are continuing to soar in many parts of the U.S. and Europe.

So has anger over the restrictions governments put in place to try to stem the tide and avoid overwhelming hospitals.

Oklahoma, Illinois and Michigan were among states announcing new record highs in daily confirmed cases Saturday, a day after a nationwide daily record of more than 83,000 reported infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.

German authorities reported a record one-day total of new coronavirus cases this weekend while leaders in Spain and Italy debated how to control the resurgent virus amid public pushback to curfews despite a global death toll topping 1.1 million people.

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