Second Wave of COVID-19 Drives European Countries Back into Lockdown

Once again, Europe reports a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with focal points in the United Kingdom, Spain, and France, each recording thousands of new cases daily. The level of infections is currently higher than in March and April across many countries after considerably reduced restrictions over summer.

 

The continent, which once compared favorably to the U.S. in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is now immersed in the second wave of infection, with an average of more than 100,000 new infections per day over the past week. Europe now accounts for about one-third of new cases reported worldwide.

 

The First Wave vs. The Second Wave

 

For the duration of the first wave in Europe, France daily new case numbers reached a peak of just more than 7,500 on March 31. Its new peak was documented last Sunday with 26,675 new cases in the previous 24 hours, over three times higher than the first peak.

 

Spain has recorded more than 30,000 cases in the last week, with more than 20,000 of these coming from the Madrid region alone. On the other hand, the UK had a peak number of 7,860 daily cases on April 10, which jumped to 17,540 on October 8.

 

The Current Situation

 

Several European leaders have imposed specific and localized restrictions in recent weeks, but there are still no national closures. In France, the government reimposed restrictions in many urban areas, limiting restaurants and classrooms’ capacity, and closed bars and gyms.

 

In Spain, the Prime Minister introduced travel restrictions to and from Madrid, which inspired protests and earned his government a “criminal and totalitarian” label from dissenters and their political opponents on the far-right.

 

Like France and Spain, the UK government is not planning to reimpose a national lockdown despite the second wave of cases. Instead, the government has opted for “a balanced approach,” enforcing a three-tier alert system across England — medium, high, and very high — depending on the severity of outbreaks.

 

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