(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden blamed Donald Trump for the deaths of more than 220,000 Americans in the coronavirus pandemic, saying the president doesn’t deserve re-election. The seven-day average of U.S. deaths on Wednesday hit the highest in a month.The surge in U.S. cases mirrors those seen in the Europe, where governments have started deploying curfews and other restrictions more widely. The outbreak gained momentum with France reporting record 41,622 new cases. This may force the European Central Bank to step up stimulus later this year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg.Remdesivir, given to President Trump as a Covid-19 treatment, received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Meanwhile, U.S. vaccine advisers questioned whether safety and efficacy standards set by FDA officials were high enough to warrant emergency authorization of a shot.Key Developments:Global Tracker: Cases pass 41.6 million; deaths exceed 1.14 millionCovid-19 deaths are increasing in the U.S. after months of declinePelosi, Mnuchin to talk stimulus again as Trump hints at failureGovernments around Europe began to deploy curfews more widelyEurope facing dearth of medical staff in test of virus readinessSweden’s Lax Covid Policy Is No Slam Dunk for Industrial SectorECB Seen Preparing More Aid as Spreading Virus Derails EconomyInvestors brace for barrage of Covid vaccine data to roil marketSubscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.Bulgaria Posts New Daily Record New Cases (02:57 p.m. HK)Bulgaria reported a new daily record of 1,595 new cases as the number of hospitalized is also at its highest.The Balkan country, where the new weekly cases and deaths doubled last week, will seek to have medicine students involved in the COVID treatment to help front-line doctors, health care Minister Kostadin Angelov said Thursday.The government, which seeks to avoid tightening nation-wide measures, ordered bars, restaurants and night clubs to reduce their capacity to 1 person per 2 square meters.Swedish Central Bank Reveals Grim View of Latest Covid Trend (02:36 p.m. HK)The Riksbank governor, Stefan Ingves, fears the economic outlook is deteriorating amid signs the coronavirus pandemic is tightening its grip across Europe, and ensnaring Sweden again too.“If you look at our forecasts, it will take a few years before GDP is back” at pre-crisis levels, Ingves said in an interview in Stockholm. “And those forecasts were done before the rather bleak situation that we are seeing in Europe today, so there’s reason to believe that the risks at the moment are skewed more to the downside.”Philippine Covid Cases Drop as Testing Falls Below Target (02:36 p.m. HK)The Philippines reported fewer coronavirus cases this week amid a slowdown in testing, with the Red Cross suspending most of its Covid-19 operations after it wasn’t paid by the state health insurer.Authorities reported nearly 1,500 new cases on Wednesday --- the lowest since 1,442 on July 20 -- with the daily tally below 2,000 in the past three days, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Samples tested plunged to nearly half of the 30,000 daily target at the start of this week, according to Department of Health data.Curfews Spread Around Europe as French Cases Top 40,000 (01:54 p.m. HK)European governments began to deploy curfews more widely, as the coronavirus pandemic gained momentum across the continent and France reported more than 40,000 new cases for the first time.Daily infections are hitting records around Europe, and cases in France surged by 41,622 Thursday. Against that backdrop, authorities are expanding a curfew beyond Paris and other large cities, with some 46 million people told to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Friday at midnight.“In France, like everywhere in Europe, the second wave is here,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said. “The situation is grave.”Italy May Have National Curfew in Week If Cases Rise: Corriere (01:51 p.m. HK)Italy’s government may enact a curfew as early as 9 p.m. nationally, possibly within seven days, if current virus trends are unchecked, Corriere della Sera reported Friday. Giuseppe Conte government could opt for even stricter measure of banning all but essential movement, it said.Poland to Restrict Movement of Elderly People, Youth: Wp.pl (01:35 p.m. HK)The Polish government wants elderly people to leave their homes only to do shopping or see doctors, Wirtualna Polska website reports, without citing anyone. Also, young people -- up to 16 years old -- will be banned from leaving their homes without an adult from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Taiwan Lawmakers Approve NT$210 Billion for Relief (12:59 p.m. HK)Lawmakers in a third reading give final approval to an additional budget of NT$209.95 billion for coronavirus relief measures, Taipei-based Central News Agency reports. That’s slightly lower than original plan of NT$210 billion, the report says, adding that the budget will be funded by government’s borrowing.Singapore, Germany to Start Green Lane for Business Travel (12：14 p.m. HK)Singapore and Germany have agreed to start a reciprocal green lane that allows for travel for business or official reasons, according to a joint statement.Residents of Singapore and Germany will have to follow coronavirus prevention and public health measures agreed by both countries, it says. This reciprocal green lane could serve as a model for future similar arrangements between Singapore and other countries in Europe.Operational details including health protocols and application processes will be announced in due course.Iran Virus Tracker: Cases 550,757; Deaths 31,650 (11:00 a.m. HK)The number of confirmed cases in the coronavirus outbreak in Iran stands at 550,757 as of 6:30am Tehran, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.The number of fatalities in Iran is 31,650, while 442,674 have recovered from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It has been about 35 weeks since the first case was reported in Iran.India Virus Tracker: Cases 7.71 million; Deaths 116,616 (10:00 a.m. HK)India added 54,366 cases in a day, government data showed. The number of confirmed cases in the south Asian country stands at 7.71 million as of 7:30 a.m. Mumbai, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.The number of fatalities in India is 116,616, while 6.87 million have recovered from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It has been about 38 weeks since the first case was reported in India.Trump Says Fauci Is a Good Person, But Made Mistakes (09:56 a.m. HK)President Donald Trump claims he “gets along very well” with Anthony Fauci, after harshly criticizing Fauci this week. “I think he’s a Democrat, but that’s okay.” He speaks at the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee.Biden Blames Trump for 200,000 Covid Deaths as Last Debate Opens (09:22 a.m. HK)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden opened their final debate by blaming Donald Trump for the deaths of more than 220,000 Americans in the coronavirus pandemic, saying the president doesn’t deserve re-election.“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” Biden said. “We’re about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter. And he has no clear plan.”Unlike their first debate, in which Trump repeatedly talked over Biden and Biden called him a “clown” and told him to “shut up,” the candidates initially complied with rules of the debate that called for them to allow each other time to speak.Biden said he would encourage all Americans to wear masks, contrasting himself with Trump, who has seldom covered his face before or after contracting Covid-19 himself. Trump defended his response to the pandemic to begin the debate, saying that spikes in cases in states including Florida and Texas have come down, his administration has directed the production of ample medical supplies, and the country is “rounding the turn.”South Korea Has 155 More Coronavirus Cases (08:38 a.m. HK)South Korea reports 155 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours versus 119 a day earlier, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. That was the biggest increase in more than six weeks.Brazil’s Bolsonaro Escalates Feud Over China-Backed Vaccine (08:12 a.m. HK)Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro stepped up criticism of a Chinese vaccine being developed in partnership with a renowned research institute in Brazil, saying the Asian country lacks credibility to come up with solutions for the coronavirus crisis.|“We won’t buy it from China, it’s my decision,” Bolsonaro said in a radio interview late Wednesday, adding that people wouldn’t feelsafe with Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s vaccine “due to its origin.”Bolsonaro said Brazil spent 2 billion reais ($359 million) to develop a vaccine with AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford University, which is in a similar trial stage. China’s Sinovac is partnering with the country’s prestigious Butantan Institute locally, which is under the watch of one of the president’s main rivals: Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria.Mexico Reports 6,612 New Covid-19 Cases (08:10 a.m. HK)Mexico reported 6,612 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 874,171, according to data released by the Health Ministry Thursday night. Deaths rose 479 to 87,894.FDA Vaccine Rules Challenged (07:53 a.m. HK)U.S. vaccine advisers questioned whether safety and efficacy standards set by Food and Drug Administration officials were high enough to warrant emergency authorization of a shot.About two dozen outside advisers to the FDA with expertise in infectious diseases met Thursday to weigh in on agency standards that require a vaccine to work in at least 50% of people and for drugmakers to collect two months of safety data on at least half of clinical trial volunteers.Many panel members and outside researchers who commented during the hearing worried that if a vaccine is rushed out that later turns out to have safety problems or to be less effective than promised, it could backfire in a big way, undermining public confidence in Covid-19 vaccines for years to come.Blood Plasma Didn’t Benefit Covid-19 Patients (07:13 a.m. HK)A trial found that infusing hospitalized Covid-19 patients with blood plasma from people who had recovered had no effect on whether they got sicker or died, Stat reports, citing a study published in the medical journal BMJ.The study was the first completed randomized trial of the treatments. An earlier study by the Mayo Clinic showed some benefit, leading the FDA to give the therapy emergency approval in August, but that trial didn’t have a control arm, the report said.WeWork Default Is a Real Possibility, Fitch Warns (06:44 a.m. HK)Fitch Ratings downgraded troubled co-working company WeWork and warned that the once high-flying startup could default on its obligations.On Thursday, the agency said it lowered the company’s long-term issuer default rating to CCC from CCC+. That indicates “substantial credit risk” and suggests “default is a real possibility,” according to Fitch’s rating scale.Fitch cited the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on WeWork’s already struggling business model. The startup tried and failed to go public late last year. The spread of the coronavirus worsened WeWork’s predicament as people opted to work from home, rather than in the communal offices the company rents out.Almost 60 Infected at Canadian Pork Plant (6:13 a.m. HK)A total of 58 people have tested positive for Covid-19 at an Olymel pork processing plant in the Canadian province of Quebec, but the plant remains fully operational, spokesman Richard Vigneault said on Thursday.“All those people have gone home and are on recovery, we hope,” he said. The pork plant, which processes roughly 37,000 hogs each week, employs 1,240 people.Illinois, Ohio, Utah and North Dakota reported daily records (5:17 p.m. NY)Utah reported a record 1,613 cases as Governor Gary Herbert warned that the medical system is near or at capacity. Texas is sending almost 500 medics, nurses and other personnel to the worst of the state’s hot spots in El Paso.The Dakotas -- the two states with the highest number of cases per capita -- broke more records Thursday. Ohio passed another record number of infections, prompting Governor Mike DeWine to take to Twitter to give statistics county by country and to beg cooperation from citizens.Chicago will implement a night-time curfew for non-essential businesses starting on Friday for at least two weeks to try to stop the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, calling it a “critical inflection point” for the city.New Jersey logged 1,182 new cases, for its fifth straight day surpassing 1,000, among the daily data that Governor Phil Murphy called “not pretty” at a Trenton news conference. Florida posted 5,558 new Covid-19 cases Thursday, the most since mid-August, excluding two days affected by technical issues.FDA Approves Remdesivir (4:21 p.m. NY)The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral therapy remdesivir on Thursday, granting broad clearance for the coronavirus treatment.Regulators had granted an emergency-use authorization for remdesivir earlier this year, and since then the drug has become a widely used therapy in hospitalized Covid-19 patients. It was given to President Donald Trump this month when he was diagnosed with the virus.Gilead shares rose 0.8% to $60.67 at 4 p.m. in New York.France’s Cases Top 40,000 as Curfews Widen (2:08 p.m. NY)France reported more than 40,000 new cases for the first time, as the government prepares to expand curfews beyond Paris and some other big cities as the virus gained momentum.Confirmed coronavirus cases jumped by a record 41,622, French health authorities reported on Thursday. The weekly pace of infections has been rising for 20 days.Daily virus cases are hitting records around Europe, including new highs in Hungary, Romania, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Greece. In France, authorities will expand a curfew to more regions, with 46 million people ordered to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Friday at midnight, as hospitalizations and deaths climb.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.