The second wave of the coronavirus lands in Europe. As predicted by many epidemiologists and medical institutions, after the hiatus experienced by the summer vacations, the COVID-19 has been noticed and the number of positive results is continuously growing, motivating executives from countries all over Europe to take virus containment measures again.
“There is no doubt, we now see a second wave coming. We see it in France, in Spain, all over Europe. It is inevitable that we will see it in this country too,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last Friday. And it is not for less, since the figures at European level are alarming: the record of positive in one day occurred on September 11, with 54,000. Until then, the highest figure recorded was for the month of April, when there were 43,000 infections in 24 hours.
According to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the number of positive cases reported has been growing for more than 50 consecutive days. From the organism they admit that it has coincided with the return to the school of millions of children, together with the return to a certain level of presence in the works, but they also attribute it to a relaxation on the part of the European population of the measures of prevention of the Covid-19.
In a ranking that nobody wants to lead, the one with the highest rate of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, Spain is not only in the first position, but it has also forced to change the established rates to qualify an area as ‘high risk’. On September 4th, the European Commission established a color code to identify the areas with the highest incidence of the virus, in which it was determined that those places with more than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days would be considered as such. The current reality is that Spain has twice as many, 300.5 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with some districts in Madrid exceeding 1,000 cases. Thus, it has pulverized the European reference taken just two weeks ago.
The case of France also exceeds the criterion initially established by the European Commission, since the rate of infections in the last 14 days is 185.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, the daily positives do not stop growing, to the point that last Saturday September 19th registered its maximum number of cases in 24 hours, with 13,498. In addition, cities like Paris already have a hospital pressure of 20%.
For the United Kingdom the epidemiological situation is also worrying. In the last two weeks, its rate of new cases is 69.3, a much better data if compared to Spain and France, but it is a concern in the country. In addition, last Friday it registered 4,422 new cases, the highest number of daily infections recorded in the United Kingdom since last May. For this reason, Boris Johnson has banned meetings of more than 6 people, has launched new restrictions that focus on leisure and has pointed out: “I would not like to enter into a second national closure. The only way we can avoid it is for people to follow the prevention guide”.
For their part, Italy (33.5) and Germany (25.8) are at low levels in terms of the 14-day contagion rate, but they are not letting down their guard as in recent days they are returning to a number of positives similar to the May data. Portugal is in the wake and last Friday reported its highest number of new positives since the peak of the pandemic, with Lisbon as the main affected city, and studies are underway to expand prevention measures.