In a study sent to the European Commission in early September, the “Germas Trias i Pujol” University Hospital in Badalona and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) report that Spain is going through a “second wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it could reach the rest of Europe in the coming days.

According to the authors of the study, quoted by EFE and Agerpres, this wave is most likely caused by the fact that Spain lifted the restrictions too early, at a time when “the rate of positive cases could have been three times higher than the officially detected figures”.

The study also warns of the “effect of bars and restaurants”, where preventive measures – such as physical distance and the use of a face mask – are much less respected than in other circumstances.

According to the study’s authors, the current time is crucial to stop a second wave and that otherwise a similar situation could return to March, when the new coronavirus spread uncontrollably.

Spain has so far recorded more than 517,000 cases of infection with the new coronavirus, of which more than 29,500 are fatal.