England is back on lockdown - and Greece is next

Purple, foggy skies marked England's first day of a new month-long coronavirus lockdown Thursday (November 5).

The streets looked very different from the hustle and bustle seen the night before - as Brits flocked to enjoy a final night out in pubs and restaurants before their stint indoors.

Britain's virus death toll is the highest in Europe. It is also grappling with more than 20,000 new cases a day.

Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced fresh government support in an attempt to slow a surge in unemployment - including an extension to its furlough program.

Many other European nations are in the midst of nationwide lockdowns - and Greece is set to join them next.

It ordered a three-week nationwide lockdown on Thursday to help contain a resurgence of cases - its second this year after a spike in infections this week.

Under the new restrictions - which will take effect from Saturday - retail businesses will be shut with the exception of supermarkets and pharmacies.

Greeks will need a permit to venture outdoors at allocated times - and though primary schools will stay open, high schools will shut.

Meanwhile in the French capital, delivery and takeaway services for prepared food and alcohol will be banned between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. local time from Friday.

Authorities say that the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks in public spaces would be banned at night too.