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The European Union has successfully flattened the COVID-19 case in the spring, but a second wave could occur in some parts of the EU, according to both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the German Diseases Agency.
“I’m afraid you’re seeing signs of a second wave of pandemics in some parts of Europe,” Johnson said on Tuesday.
“We don’t know yet if this is the beginning of a second wave, but of course it could be,” said Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute at the German Agency for Infectious Diseases. His comments were reported by Deutsche Welle.
Wieler said he was “very concerned” about the increased prevalence of COVID-19 in many parts of Germany, accusing negligence. In its latest situation report, the Robert Koch Institute said many cases involved people returning to work, family celebrations and leisure.
“There have been more than 500 new cases a day in the last two weeks. This is a slight increase over the previous month, and local outbreaks have contributed to the increase, ”said NPR robot Schmitz from Berlin.
Both Johnson and Wieler argued that a second wave could be avoided if people took precautions such as wearing face masks, washing their hands, and maintaining physical distance.
“Everyone knows the rules,” Johnson said. “Yes we will help ourselves.”
Almost completely blocked in the spring, Europe began to travel more and more this summer. Many internal border restrictions were lifted in June. From July 1. The block also allows international tourists to visit from certain countries, depending on their epidemiological condition.
An alarming sign is that the latest European COVID-19 statistics show that the average number of coronavirus cases per 100 days is rising over 100 days. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, there are now 47 cases per 100 000 people in Spain.
Both Germany and the UK have identified Spain as a potential source of new cases due to the severity of its transfer rate and its popularity among summer holiday travelers. The German Foreign Ministry advises people not to visit the regions of Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia. The UK has taken a more formal step by introducing a 14-day quarantine regime for all those coming from Spain.
“What we need to do is take urgent and decisive action when we think the risk is starting to bubble again,” Johnson said.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has sharply criticized the British move, calling it a mistake and “injustice” on Monday night’s appearance on national television. The UK’s policy is wrong, Sánchez said, adding that the Spanish spike is concentrated in two areas in the north-east, while much of the country has a lower infection rate than the UK and EU.
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There are currently more than 300,000 cases of coronavirus in the UK, mostly in Europe. Spain lags behind by almost 280,000 cases. There are about 207,000 cases in Germany.
Although the EU’s most populous countries, such as Germany, France and the UK, have reported 16 cases per 100,000 population or less in the last 14 days, many of their close neighbors continue to struggle. In Sweden, there are almost 35 out of 100,000 new cases; Belgium has almost 30. Both Bulgaria and Portugal report high percentages – and Romania is one of the worst in the EU at 66.7.
The EU is home to around 116 million people. More people than the US. Taken in conjunction with the UK, the European bloc currently reports around 1.7 million. There are far fewer than more than 4.3 million cases of coronavirus. Cases approved in the US.