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Naples riots over Covid curfew see protesters hurl missiles at cops, batter patrol cars with bats and torch garbage

PROTESTERS hurled missiles at police and torched rubbish bins in Naples, Italy last night in clashes over new curfew coming in to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Violence erupted in the streets as hundreds came out - many wearing face coverings - to oppose the latest measures being brought in curb the spread of the virus.

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Footage from last night shows crowds of people chanting and marching through the city centre with smoke filling the air.

Car horns can be heard in the background as demonstrators hit out at the curfew measures.

Protesters attacked police cars with baseballs bats and other missiles were thrown at cops who used tear gas as tensions escalated.

The marched through the streets of the regional capital and chanted as the curfew started at 11 pm, with some lighting smoke bombs.

One carried a makeshift sign that read: "If you close, you pay."

Regional president Vincenzo de Luca had called for stricter measures to contain the virus in Campania, which recorded 2,300 cases over the last day.

He said: "We are on the verge of tragedy, we need a national lockdown."

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has so far avoided reimposing the kind of restrictions that saw the entire nation confined to home quarantine for two months earlier this year and precipitated the country's worst post-war recession.

These are the first demonstrations in Italy since the start of the outbreak eight months ago.

Coronavirus cases have skyrocketed since the start of October as 19,143 new cases were recorded yesterday - stoking fears the virus is spiraling out of control.

The government is trying to get a grip on the outbreak by putting in restriction in cities across the country such as Naples, Milan and Rome.

Italy was the first European country to be badly hit by the virus.

It has now registered nearly 500,000 cases and 37,000 deaths, according to health ministry figures.

As a result, restrictions are being imposed not just in Naples but also in Milan and Rome. 

Europe is facing a rough winter as millions have been plunged back into lockdown as coronavirus surges - with the number of daily cases on the continent hitting 200,000.

Spain has started to impose night-time curfews in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus as the official count hit one million.

It became the first European nation, and only the sixth in the world, to reach the grim milestone.

And yesterday, its daily cases surged to an all-time high of 20,986.

Across Europe, coronavirus cases have doubled in just 10 days - going from 100,000 to 200,000.

Europe now has more Covid cases per capita than the United States, and daily deaths have crept to almost 2,000 since the start of October.

Daily records were set for cases in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.

France has extended its coronavirus lockdowns to 46million, while Germans have been seeing panic buying amid the second wave.

France had a record 41,622 cases overnight as the second wave of the virus continues to take hold in Europe.

The French curfew, which runs from 9pm to 6am, will begin at midnight tonight and will affect around 46 million people.

It had been predicted the winter would lead to a resurgence in virus cases, with the cold weather meaning people are spending more time indoors.

Meanwhile in Germany, panic-buying shoppers have been hoarding essential supplies like toilet paper amid a rise in Covid cases.

Sales of disinfectant are also on the rise - prompting the German statistics office to warn that "hamster purchases" were beginning again for the first time since the pandemic started.

Toilet paper sales spiked by 89.9 per cent in the past week, while disinfectant sales were up 72.5 per cent and soap rose by 62.3 per cent.

Coronavirus case numbers have rose steadily in Germany in the past few weeks.

The country reported more than 10,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time yesterday.

The World Health Organisation warned Europe is facing a "very serious situation" as new cases have doubled in more than half the countries in the EU.

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