While infections by Covid-19 continue to increase throughout Spain, with Madrid as the epicenter of the pandemic, the second wave advances unstoppably through Europe, where it has already hit other countries such as France, the United Kingdom or Italy, which this Saturday have recorded record figures.
In the Gallic country, the worsening of the health situation has caused that since this Saturday there has been eight cities in the country, including Paris, in maximum alert, a classification that implies, among other measures, the total closure of bars and a reinforced protocol in restaurants. The answer has been much more restrictive than the measures taken by the Spanish Government in the Community of Madrid, especially considering that the maximum alert has been declared in France when the cumulative incidence rate in the last seven days has exceeded 250 positives per 100,000 inhabitants among the general population and the hundred cases between the elderly, as well as when at least 30% of the beds in the ucis are occupied by Covid-19 patients.
This saturday, France has registered a new record of infections after adding 26,896 in one day, in addition to 54 deaths, which brings the number of positives to 718,873 since the start of the coronavirus epidemic and to 32,684 that of deaths.
“The health situation continues to deteriorate in France. The same is true in many neighboring countries“, warned this week the French Minister of Health, Olivier Veran.
This is the case of the United Kingdom, who this Saturday has also registered the second highest figure since the pandemic started: 15,166 new positives. The latest bulletin from the British authorities also includes 81 new deaths, with a total of 57,347 deaths and 590,844 confirmed cases, according to official figures.
Italy, meanwhile, is approaching the figures of the peak of the first wave of the pandemic. This Saturday, the authorities reported 5,724 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, a new record for the second wave.
Before this last balance was known, the head of Civil Protection of Italy, Angelo Borrelli, has admitted that the transmission curve in the country is shooting up, but he has clarified that “the situation is different from that of March and April” because there are fewer patients in intensive care units. Also the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has recognized that Italy is experiencing a rebound in its cases of Covid-19: “We have not yet left the most difficult phase. We must energetically maintain all prevention measures to continue having figures even lower than those registered in other European countries “, he pointed out.
Cases continue to rise in Germany
In Germany, the infections continued to rise this Saturday, while the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the mayors of the eleven largest cities in the country, Berlin among them, have agreed to the adoption of new restrictions against the coronavirus in those localities where infections exceed 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week.
The country moves in figures of daily cases that they haven’t seen each other since April: according to the latest balance of the Robert Koch Institute, in the last day they have been detected 4,721 new cases, a new increase from the approximately 4,500 declared on Friday, and another 15 deaths.
Berlin on Friday exceeded the standard adopted by the Robert Koch Institute, with an average of 52 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days, and for that reason it has agreed to close the nightlife this Saturday. Frankfurt and Cologne are also above the 50s. The same is true in other districts of the Land from North Rhine-Westphalia (west), the most populated in the country, and from Bavaria (south), mainly.
Concern in the Netherlands, which accumulates record days
The Netherlands, one of the European states that best weathered the pandemic in the months of March and April, has accumulated this Saturday the fourth consecutive day of a daily record of infections – with 6,504 new positives – and a curve that draws a clear ascending path much higher than the first wave.
The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, expressed concern about the figures: “We are among the three worst hit countries in Europe and it is worse than in the United States,” he has settled.