SPAIN, France and Germany are seeing worrying u-shape trends as all three countries recorded their largest increase in daily coronavirus infections since lockdown ended.
Coronavirus cases increased by over 3,300 in France over the past 24 hours. New infections rose by over 3,700 in Spain and Germany hit a milestone it had not reached in months – a daily increase of 1,500.
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France, Germany and Spain have all recorded their highest Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours [/caption]
Germany’s infectious diseases agency described the trend as “very concerning”.
North Rhine Westphalia is the worst affected state, having recorded 55,375 cases since the start of the pandemic.
The national R rate has been consistently above 1.0 since mid-July but it could be as high as 1.23.
Outbreaks are said to have continued in nursing homes and refugee facilities, but the average age of those infected has decreased over the past few weeks.
This has fallen to 34, the lowest on record.
Coronavirus had spread to all but 22 of Germany’s 294 districts, it was reported earlier this week.
Germans have been advised to avoid public gatherings and to restrict celebrations with friends.
The German government issued a blanket warning on all travel to Spain.
An inspector on a train in Germany checks if passengers’ masks are covering their nose[/caption]
Commuters wearing face masks seen disembarking the train at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz station[/caption]
In the past week, Spain has recorded 55 new infections for every 100,000 people, narrowly above the German government’s risk threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 people.
The figure in the Balearics is 77 per 100,000.
Tens of thousands of Germans, including around 30,000 in the Balearics alone, will have to self-isolate when they return home if they cannot provide a negative test result.
Last month, a leading German virologist warned that the country has no chance of avoiding another wave of the virus.
Dr Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit warned that the country of around 83million is facing “drastic” measures if Germany’s hospitals struggle to cope with a new influx of Covid-19 cases.
Germany is not the only country that has seen a rise in coronavirus cases.
Spain reported 3,715 new cases of the virus yesterday, bringing its total to over 387,000. It’s feared that the daily number of infections could be over 6,600.
Madrid overtook Catalonia as the worst affected region in Spain, recording at least 97,000 infections since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the health ministry.
The Spanish government announced last Friday that face masks must be worn in public and smoking is banned when social distancing cannot be maintained in a bid to curb the spread of infections.
These measures have sparked anger and protests as well as conspiracy theories.
Thousands gathered in the streets of Madrid to protest about the compulsory wearing of masks, with some claiming the virus doesn’t exist.
Pilar Martin, a 58-year-old housewife who travelled almost 200 miles to attend the protest, said: “They are forcing us to use a mask, they want us to stay home practically locked up.
“It’s obvious that they are continuously tricking us with talk of outbreaks. It’s all a lie.”
Transmission of the virus in France is affecting all age groups, in particular young adults.
Cases among people aged between 25 and 35 have spiked in the country, prompting the decision to make masks compulsory in offices and enclosed work spaces from next month.
Last week the country recorded 16,546 new cases, compared to a rise of 11,251 the week before.
People returning from summer holidays will be required to cover their faces in all enclosed work spaces – including corridors and lobbies.
Masks are mandatory on public transport and in enclosed spaces such as shopping malls and government offices – but the government has left mask wearing up to the discretion of employers.
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It is not certain whether there will be a resurgence of Covid-19.
Margaret Harris of the World Health Organization said it was not helpful to use phrases such a “second wave” as governments continue to grapple with the virus.
“People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and this one is behaving differently,” she told a briefing in Geneva last month.
“It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit. The best thing to do is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet,” she said.
Masks will be mandatory in the office from next month in France[/caption]
One protester in Madrid held a placard that read: No vaccine, no 5G, no mask[/caption]
Another claimed that the virus didn’t exist[/caption]
A man is stopped by police on Las Ramblas, Barcelona for not wearing his mask. Catalonia is one of the worst affected regions in Spain [/caption]