Panic increases in Europe as cases escalate and return to lockdown


Tourist wearing a surgical face mask by Trevi Fountain in Downtown Rome on August 19, 2020.

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LONDON – Growing concerns in Europe are being viewed as an alarming increase in coronavirus cases, with the number of new daily infections reaching record highs in some countries.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned on Wednesday that the 14-day case notification rate (number of newly reported cases) for the European Union, European Economic Area and UK has been increasing for more than 50 days , More than half of all EU countries are currently experiencing an increase in cases. ”

According to data collated by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Spain has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Europe at 614,360, reportedly determined to announce targeted lockdowns in locations where the virus is accelerating Is spreading from, and the movement has new restrictions. Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of new daily cases on Wednesday (9,784) in France was the highest recorded in the country. This was just below the all-time record of 10,561 new cases recorded on Saturday. The number of people treated in intensive care units for Kovid-19 also rose for the 20th straight day Wednesday, Reuters reported, to a three-month high of 803. The total number of cases in France is 404,888, according to the French Ministry of Health.

Commenting on the increase in cases, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that the virus was “spreading faster and faster” in some parts of the country, “Reuters reported.

According to JHU data, the UK, which has the third highest number of 380,677 cases in Europe, has seen an alarming increase in cases in various parts of northern England in recent weeks. It has resumed measures to restrict social ceremonies, with people limited to six being allowed to meet in England. The BBC reported that stricter measures targeting north-east England could be announced on Thursday.

Italy, which was the epicenter of Europe’s first coronavirus outbreak in February, now reported the fourth highest number of infections so far at 291,442, an increase in cases has also been observed. On Wednesday, the Health Ministry said Italy had recorded 1,459 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 1,229 new cases reported, though news was partially attributed to a sharp increase in coronovirus tests, news agency ANSA reported. The agency ANSA reported. However, the Ministry of Health stated that Italy has seen the highest number of active cases since June, with currently 40,532 people infected with coronavirus.

Germany, which was seen as a poster-child to deal with the first wave of coronovirus cases, managed to keep its death low compared to its own, has seen a small increase in cases.

The Robert Koch Institute, which monitored the epidemic in Germany, said on Wednesday that “the increase in the number of reported cases from mid-July was stabilized at slightly higher levels in calendar weeks 35 (starting 24 August) and 36, but the calendar Since week 37, a slight increase could be seen again. “It added In recent weeks more young people have become infected.

So far, the number of deaths from growing infections has been significantly lower than in spring and early summer, when the virus first arrived in Europe, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it may be as winter approaches Can change.

‘The epidemic is not over’

In part, the increase in the number of reported infections has been attributed to more sophisticated and proactive testing regimes in Europe, but the ECDC said on Wednesday that “although increased tests all contribute to better awareness of ongoing transmission, This is not the only reason for the increase of Kovid-19 cases. ”It is associated with relaxation of physical disturbances and other preventive measures.

The ECDC warned, “As schools reopen and more indoor activities take place, the increase of cases comes as a reminder that the epidemic is not over, as it reminds the public that viruses including hands Continue basic measures to stop the spread of “. Face washing, masking and self-isolation when feeling ill.

There are concerns that the healthcare system may be overwhelmed as winter draws near and the ECDC notes that as flu season, healthcare system readiness is “important” across Europe.

“This includes essential services, primary care facilities, and hospitals that ensure appropriate growth capacity planning in case of high demand for care of patients with respiratory distress.”

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