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Spain said on Saturday it would let in foreign tourists and restart top league football in the coming weeks, accelerating Europe’s exit from strict virus lockdown, as South America was labelled “a new epicentre” by the World Health Organization.

Brazil led the surge across South America, its passing 21,000 on Friday from 330,000 infections, the third biggest caseload of any country in a pandemic that has infected 5.25 million globally and killed more than 338,000.

In Europe, which has now registered more than two million infections, the figures were stabilising in many countries, prompting