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People stand outside a Madrid metro station at the start of September 21. Oscar Del Pozo / AFP / Getty Images

Last week, the World Health Organization warned that coronavirus cases were alarmingly increasing in Europe, with infections reaching new highs. Many European governments have imposed strict local measures in response and have started weighing new lockdowns in a bid to stop a second wave of the pandemic.

Here’s what we know about the pandemic situation and the new restrictions this week:

  • A new lockdown in the Spanish capital: Parts of Madrid are subject to new lockdowns, which will affect around 850,000 people in the city over the next two weeks. During a press conference today, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “We are ready to consider other scenarios if necessary. “
  • Points in France: French coronavirus cases are increasing sharply, according to the French health authority website. A total of 453,763 cases have been reported so far in France, including 10,569 new cases in the past 24 hours from Sunday evening. The positivity of the test is 5.7%, according to Sante Publique France, the French health authority.
  • Twice a week in the UK: The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is doubling roughly every seven days, Chief Science Advisor Patrick Vallance said, stressing that the measure was approximate. That would result in around 50,000 new cases a day by the end of October and more than 200 deaths a day by November, he said.
  • What Germany is doing to prepare for fall: The German Minister of Health plans to introduce additional measures to fight Covid this fall. Jens Spahn, in an interview with the Rheinische Post newspaper, described the measures as the introduction of so-called ‘temperature ambulances’, places where people with symptoms of Covid can undergo Covid testing on site.


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