France records second highest number of daily coronavirus cases amid signs of resurgence in Europe



France announced its second-highest number of new daily coronavirus infections on Thursday since the start of the pandemic and the largest since the end of the country’s strict lockdown, the latest signal indicating that Western Europe is experiencing a resurgence in cases of coronavirus.


There were 6,111 new cases of coronavirus enumerated in France on Thursday, Reuters reported, with the total number of infections the country has recorded since the start of the pandemic now at 259,698.

It comes as Parisians will be mandated to don face masks outside at any time in the French capital from Friday.

Cases are increasing elsewhere in Western Europe: The UK counted 1,522 new cases on Thursday, the most since mid-June, the BBC reported.

Infections began to rise in Spain in early July and in August began to exceed daily figures in the spring during the peak of the coronavirus crisis in Europe, although officials attribute it in part to an increase in testing and say the country is better equipped to handle cases now.

New cases have also increased slightly in Italy since the end of July, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and just over a week ago the country hit a new record after the lockdown of new daily infections.

Key context

Officials have warned of a further rise in cases since the end of many strict lockdowns in Europe, with many blaming young revelers and people taking summer vacations, frustrated with being locked up for months. While the increases are concerning, the numbers that most European countries reported in the spring are still far from close, as Europe was home to many of the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, such as Italy and Spain.

Further reading

France reports 6,111 new COVID-19 infections, second highest daily tally to date (Reuters)

Masks imposed in Paris; 20% of France in viral red zone (Associated Press)

Coronavirus: Highest daily cases since mid-June (BBC)

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