Other coronavirus outbreaks will occur this winter but Europe will avoid the ‘horror’ of a second wave

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TOP virus expert says Europe should prepare for more Covid-19 outbreaks – but that will avoid the “horror” of a second wave.

Dr Sergio Brusin, from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said the “horrific scenes” and deaths witnessed by the first wave may not happen again.

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A member of the SAMUR ambulance service in Madrid disinfects his colleague amid an increase in coronavirus cases in SpainCredit: Reuters

Speaking to the Telegraph, Dr Brusin, senior expert at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said: “The resurgence of cases will last for several months.

« [But] it will probably never reach the same level as the first big wave of spring.

“Although we have seen increased hospitalizations in some countries, it is not at all close to the situation in March and April.

“The intensive care units are unblocked and our health services now have much better planning and response times.

“So I’m optimistic that we won’t see the big, horrific scenes that we saw in March and April, but we will see a lot more cases. ”

This time around there is social distancing and the ability of countries to respond to local outbreaks and he thinks it is unlikely to be a repeat of “the great national lockdowns”.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases was on the rise in 18 countries, including the United Kingdom.

Spain is the toughest and has overtaken the United States in the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed daily per million people, new figures show.

The country has seen an outbreak of more than 7,000 infections – tourist favorites Benidorm and Mallorca have become major hot spots.

It comes as Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called on the military to help deal with the escalating crisis.

Mr Sánchez warned that the pandemic could “take back control of our lives” if the spike in cases continues until the fall.

France’s health ministry said it had recorded 5,429 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a new high after the lockdown and a level of new infections not seen since the outbreak peaked in early April.

But his government wanted to avoid a new nationwide lockdown, even as a senior adviser warned that a second wave could hit the country in November.

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Meanwhile, Germany may extend the ban on major events until at least the end of the year as part of a package of measures to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The ban on events such as concerts, sporting events and festivals is expected to expire at the end of October.

Germany has managed to keep the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths relatively low compared to other major European countries.

But the number of new daily cases has been increasing since early July and has accelerated in recent weeks.

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Health worker shows sample tube at Covid-19 testing station in Deggendorf, Germany

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A health worker shows a sample tube at a Covid-19 testing station in Deggendorf, GermanyCredit: EPA
Medical staff in full PPE using swabs test on a woman after a flight from Ibiza, Spain

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Medical staff in full PPE using swabs test on a woman after a flight from Ibiza, SpainCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

Spain calls army after 81,000 cases of coronavirus in 2 weeks as Prime Minister warns pandemic could “take back control of our lives”



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