Germany, France, Italy and Spain have seen their highest number of coronavirus infections in months, raising fears that a second wave is hitting the continent.
Germany has recorded 1,707 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since April, while French authorities say “the transmission of the virus is on the rise”.
Meanwhile, Spain has set a new single-day record for Covid-19 cases since the country emerged from a three-month lockdown in mid-June.
Germany has so far been more successful than many European neighbors in suppressing the virus, but like elsewhere, the number of cases has increased dramatically during the summer break.
Much of the increase was blamed on returning vacationers as well as parties and family reunions.
The latest figures, from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI), bring the number of infections in the country to 228,621 since the start of the pandemic.
This brings the daily toll to a level not seen since the end of April, when the pandemic was considered to be at its peak.
The daily record for new cases in Germany is just over 6,000, recorded in early April.
Ten new deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 9,253.
Faced with an increase in the number of cases, Germany earlier this month introduced free and mandatory testing for anyone returning from areas deemed to be at high risk for COVID-19 infections.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that there could be no further easing of coronavirus restrictions
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that there could be no further easing of restrictions on coronaviruses.
She urged Germans to follow the rules on hygiene precautions and reminded travelers returning from risk areas that quarantine was not an option “but a must” as long as they could not test negative. .
Some experts, however, said the rise in the infection toll could be explained by a sharp increase in the number of tests being carried out in the country.
France has recorded more than 3,700 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Health officials say it is 1,500 more than the day before. The number of hospitalizations and intensive care was down slightly. But health officials say “transmission of the virus is increasing” among all age groups, especially young adults.
President Emmanuel Macron told Paris-Match magazine that “we cannot stop the country”
President Emmanuel Macron told Paris-Match magazine that “we cannot stop the country”. But he would consider a “targeted reconfiguration if the situation required it”.
French officials have confirmed nearly 30,500 deaths from COVID-19, the seventh highest in the world.
Meanwhile, Italy on Wednesday recorded the biggest increase in coronavirus cases since the end of May, the health ministry said, after 642 new coronavirus infections were reported in 24 hours.
The total number of Italian cases recorded since the start of the pandemic is now 255,278, while the death toll stands at 35,412.
Spain’s health ministry said 3,715 coronavirus infections had been diagnosed in the past 24 hours, a new one-day high since the country emerged from a three-month lockdown in mid-June.
With 136 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks, Spain tops the European ranking for the highest cumulative incidence. It is one of the main indicators closely monitored by epidemiologists.
New regulations, including on hours of nightlife and smoking outside, will come into force on Thursday in the Spanish capital.
The country added 127 deaths to reach nearly 28,800 confirmed victims. However, the number does not count those who suffered from the coronavirus but were not tested.
In Eastern Europe, Ukraine on Thursday reported a record daily increase in coronavirus infections, exceeding 2,000 new cases for the first time.
Health authorities registered 2,134 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing Ukraine’s total to 98,537.