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The WHO’s warning comes as a number of European countries are facing a spike in infections

The global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used, the World Health Organization has warned.

Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies head, said the figure could be even higher without concerted international action.

The number of Covid-19 deaths is fast approaching one million – nine months after the outbreak started in China.

Mr Ryan also urged Europeans to ask themselves whether they had done enough to avoid the need for lockdowns.

He questioned whether all the alternatives had been implemented, like testing and tracing, quarantine, isolation, social distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing.

Earlier, Spain’s capital Madrid brought another eight districts under tougher coronavirus restrictions, which now affect a million people in the city.

In France, staff from bars and restaurants in the southern city Marseille protested against the closure of their workplaces which was brought in on Saturday.

And in the UK, tougher restrictions were announced in several regions as new daily infections rise.

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