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Europe Is Facing New Coronavirus Surge As Countries Ease Up Restrictions
Public health officials in Europe are warning residents not to get complacent as they see local resurgences of the coronavirus as the continent’s countries ease lockdown restrictions for both residents and some international travelers.
The increase is being seen in some countries that were hit the hardest, including Spain and France.
In France, health officials stated that a recent rise in new coronavirus cases in the country has “erased” much of the headway made since the country crept out from their lockdown, The Telegraph reported.
There are at least 1,130 new daily cases reported since July 24 and France is currently working on mitigation efforts such as working from home.
Spain officials are also concerned about a potential second wave, with cities like Barcelona experiencing. Catalonian officials announced they would stop nightclubs for two weeks to try and stop the spread.
In Germany’s, Michael Kretschmer, Saxony’s Minister-President told the Rheinische Post that “the second coronavirus wave is already here.”
The rising infection rates could be “quite strongly linked to the relaxation of lockdowns,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, told the LA Times.
Health experts also attribute the rise in cases to young people who they say are piling up into bars and beaches while ignoring social-distancing rules, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.