Several European countries have been providing data on growing infections for several days.
Spain reported on Wednesday a new rise in the number of cases of coronavirus detected in a day, reaching 1,772 positive.
The British government reported Wednesday the detection of 892 Covid-19 infections in 24 hours, a figure that contrasts with the 670 positives that had been reported the previous day.
The situation is even worse in France. France’s public health department announced on Wednesday that it had counted 1,695 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. This is an increase in a day that would be unprecedented since May 30, when 1,828 more cases were announced.
In Italy, there has also been an increase in infections, although with lower rates. The transalpine authorities reported 384 new cases on Wednesday, double the number detected on Tuesday.
Germany, which held up better than other countries during the toughest months of the pandemic, is one of the few territories escaping the daily increase in cases, although every day this week it has reported hundreds of new positive cases. On Tuesday, there were 879, a number that dropped slightly to 741, according to data collected by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which monitors coronavirus information in the country. More than 212,000 people have already been infected during this pandemic in the German landers, according to this same source.
The situation is worsening at times in other regions of the world, such as Russia, which on Wednesday reported 5,204 new cases of Covid-19 in just 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections close to 900,000.
With this scenario, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday that reopening schools in those countries where transmission of the coronavirus is still high “will only make the situation worse.
WHO’s Director of Health Emergencies, Mike Ryan of Ireland, advised that schools should only be reopened if levels of transmission are low and there are prepared measures in place to respond to the appearance of positives in the classroom. “We all want the children to go back to school,” the Irishman said, although it is necessary that “they and the teachers do so in a safe environment,” he added.
Ryan took advantage of his public appearance to address the world’s young people again in the face of increasing Covid-19 transmission in that age group. He called on them to act responsibly and ask “do we need to go to parties” and other mass events.
“Ask yourselves if you need to go to that party, that club… if community transmission is low, the risk is low, but in areas where it is high, everyone is at risk,” Ryan warned. “We need to work together to reduce the risks, and young people have an important role in bringing transmission down,” he said.