Amid strong resurgences in a number of European countries, including Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg and CroatiaVéran echoed comments from the World Health Organization on Tuesday that Europe was still in the midst of the first big wave of the pandemic.
France has recorded 15 new deaths in hospitals from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,223 since the start of the pandemic.
“We are not facing a second wave – the epidemic continues,” Véran told LCI television. “Some people don’t play by the rules. We must not let our guard down. We don’t want to resort to another lockdown. We look at the situation on a case-by-case basis.
“The war is not over… People have to understand that we are going to live with this virus for quite a long time,” he added.
Spain had diagnosed 1,153 other coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday, as the country continued to fight a rapid rise in the rise in new cases. The cumulative total rose to 282,641 cases, the ministry said. The figure was up 2,031 the day before and included the results of antibody tests on people who have reportedly already recovered.
Countries around the world are trying to head off the resurgence in the number of cases with reimposed restrictions, as researchers continue human testing of potential vaccines.
With global cases having doubled in the past six weeks, the persistence of the virus has undermined optimism that any return to prepandemic normality is in sight.