Coronavirus spikes in Ireland, France, Spain and Italy put Europe on high alert

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Europe, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, has been hailed around the world for the strict lockdowns on its countries and the way they appeared to have fended off the damage from the virus – but months after the initial cancellations restrictions on coronaviruses, many countries on the continent are reporting an increasing number of new cases, which is keeping officials in the loop.

HIGHLIGHTS

Ireland had the highest number of new coronavirus cases (174) since May on Saturday, a far cry from the 58-per-day average seen last week, and officials said they were mostly linked to counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly where the coronavirus crackdown was put back in place on Friday to avoid a new resurgence.

A rise in local infections has prompted Paris officials to announce a new face mask order on Saturday, ordering people over the age of 11 to cover their faces in many Parisian public spaces from Monday.

France as a whole on Wednesday counted 1,695 new cases daily, a two-month high and the most diagnosed since the country reinstated its lockdown.

Spain on Friday became the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Western Europe after a recent spike was enough to push it beyond the UK’s total number of infections, although the Spain is widely believed to have passed the worst of their outbreak with a strict spring lockdown.

Germany counted 1,045 new infections on Thursday, the first time the daily number of cases has reached a four-digit figure in three months.

Italy is also reaching daily totals not seen for months, after counting 552 confirmed cases on Friday after reporting only around 200 a day just a few weeks ago, the Associated Press reported.

Key context

European countries that have seen massive declines in new infections and coronavirus deaths after strict lockdowns in the spring are starting to report new and small increases in cases that have encouraged officials to once again consider implementing guidelines. social distancing. Many of the new outbreaks have been linked to young people going to parties. However, while European officials are concerned about the new clusters, the new daily totals are nothing compared to those seen in battered countries like the United States and Brazil, the worst-affected countries in the world that report thousands of new cases per day.

Further reading

Ireland reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May (Reuters)

Paris makes masks mandatory in busy outdoor areas as virus breaks out (Reuters)

Spain leads UK in coronavirus cases amid new outbreaks (Forbes)

Germany will test all arrivals from ‘at risk’ countries like the United States, as new daily cases reach 1,000 for the first time in 3 months (Business intern)

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