The second wave
UK Prime Minister Boris John told reporters on Friday that the UK was “seeing another wave coming” and that it was “inevitable” as the number of daily cases had crossed 1,000,000 for the first time since May.
“Naturally we are watching the spread of the epidemic very carefully as it develops in the last few days.” “There’s no question, as I’ve said for weeks now, that we can (and) now see another wave coming. We’re seeing it in France, in Spain, all over Europe. It’s absolutely inevitable that we’ll see this. In the country.
“I don’t want to go to another national lockdown. The only way we can do that is if people follow the guidance.”
More than 40,000 people have died in Europe and new restrictions on social gatherings have been imposed in England this week.
New sanctions were also announced in Madrid on Friday, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health, accounting for about a third of all new cases in Spain. As of September 11, there were 12,183 daily cases reported in the country, and more than 600,000 people died in Europe, including more than 1,000,000 cases.
A record 3,130 daily infections were reported in the Czech Republic on Friday as masks were again made compulsory in schools, and a record 1,977 cases were reported in the Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a news conference that the country’s daily infections are doubling in just one week. “1. With 1. No R, that number will increase to more than 10,000 daily in three weeks,” he said.
“You don’t have to be a mathematician or a virologist that such numbers will inevitably work in hospitals,” he warned.
Rest restaurants, cafes and bars in six Dutch regions will face new restrictions from Sunday.
On Friday, Italy recorded the highest number of cases per day since May at 1,907. In Poland, 1,002 cases were reported daily on Saturday.
Where it went wrong
Hans Cluj, director of WHO Europe, warned this week that there were “terrible transition rates” and a “very serious situation” in the region, adding that the number of weekly cases exceeded the number reported during the March summit.
In late August, Cluj said the gradual increase in cases in Europe could be explained by “relaxing public health and social measures, where authorities have eased some restrictions and people are leaving their guard.”
He said he was “very concerned that more and more young people are being considered in reported cases,” advising against large gatherings and parties.
In some countries, cases are increasing rapidly, especially in densely populated cities, where people are returning to offices, schools and public places after taking mild steps following Spring Tuna’s peak.
Like Spain, Austria has seen the biggest spike in its capital. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told the national Rian Strian news agency APA last Sunday that the situation in Vienna was “particularly dramatic”, with more than half of the registered new infections.
“We are at the beginning of the second wave. We are facing difficult months in autumn and winter. The number of infections is increasing day by day, “he said in a tweet, urging people to reduce social contacts as the obligation to wear face masks has been extended to more public places.
Turkey recorded 63 deaths in 24 hours this week, its highest one-day death count. Turkey’s Health Minister Fahretin Koka said in his weekly coronavirus news briefing on September 2 that the country was “at the second peak of the first wave.”
“Because of the holiday period and the movement around wedding occasions, which are an integral part of our traditions, we are at this height today.”
Italian officials said in late August that about 50% of new infections were contracted during summer vacations, mainly among young adults who were not wary of social distance and mask-wearing guidelines.
But Europe can take a break from the experience. Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh, told CNN earlier this month that the initial lockdown was “never going to solve the problem for us in Europe or anywhere else; it was just postponing it.”
CNN’s Seb Shukla, Laura Perez Maestro, Ingrid Formanek, Eva Tier Piro, Mick Craver, Valentina de Donato, Vasco Cotovio, Tasmas Itzler, Nadine Schmidt, Isil Sarius and Melissa Belle contributed to the report.
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