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7.27pm BST

The US state of Wisconsin will open a field hospital outside of Milwaukee to deal with the surge in Covid-19 cases that have overwhelmed hospitals across the state, the governor Tony Evers said on Wednesday.

The hospital will open within the next week after hospitalisations across the state nearly tripled over the last month. There were 853 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 71 from the day before, Evers said in a statement.

In April, we announced the construction of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternative Care Facility to help support healthcare systems in the southeast region and across the state, should there be a surge in #COVID19 cases.

Unfortunately, today, we announced that we have received a request to open that facility as our healthcare systems are becoming overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 cases, especially in the Fox Valley and northern regions of our state.

We hoped this day wouldn’t come, but unfortunately, in just a month our hospitalizations have nearly tripled with 853 Wisconsinites hospitalized as of yesterday.

Learn more about this announcement and the facility here: https://t.co/ZzxLtUxCrx

7.09pm BST

French health authorities reported 18,746 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over 24 hours on Wednesday, a new all-time daily high, and almost double of Tuesday’s tally of 10,489.

The number of people who have died from Covid-19 was up by 80, at 32,445, and the cumulative number of cases now totals 653,509.

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