the advance of the coronavirus in Europe raises fears of a second wave worse than the first

The second wave of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 it is already a worrying reality throughout the European continent. After managing to control with different degrees of success the outbreaks that hit the different countries with virulence between the months of March and April, the end of summer began a new period in which the sprouts They have been happening and, with them, the restrictions and measures to contain the spread of the virus have gradually returned.

The summer season has meant a relaxation of the measures in most countries that has resulted in the different moments in which each of the nations have had to face the second hello. Spain was the first. The epidemiological situation in our country became complicated about three weeks earlier than in the rest of our European neighbors, but the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES) alerted him on September 29, Fernando Simon: “On an international level the evolution in Europe is similar to that of Spain. Almost all European countries are reporting increases in the number of cases ”, ensuring that what was happening in our country could be a reflection of the situation that would be experienced in other regions of Europe a couple of weeks later.

The data on the epidemiological situation in Spain in this second wave are already higher than in the first. It is true that the situation is not the same and now detection capacity has been increased, but the incidence and positivity with which we have started the autumn, a period in which this second wave should have started, are not at all favorable. In this sense, it should be noted that the figures for hospitalizations and deaths, for the moment, are not increasing at the same rate as new cases.

The latest report released by the WHO indicates that in the last week the highest number of cases has been registered to date: almost https://www.consalud.es/700,000, that is, 34% more than just seven ago days

A similar situation is lived in France. Our French neighbors beat their own record of daily infections last Thursday after the notification of 30,621 new infections in 24 hours (more than 809,680 since the beginning of the pandemic) and 88 deaths (more than 33,100 since the beginning of the pandemic). The incidence rate at the national level is 193 per 100,000 inhabitants and the rate of 12.6% positivity and since last Friday the curfew in Paris and eight other major cities French.

BEYOND SPAIN AND FRANCE

The World Health Organization (WHO) has shown its concern at the figures that are being reported throughout the old continent and fears that the second wave may be worse than the first. The positivity rate is increasing across Europe as a result of increased detection capabilities in all countries that suffered from a lack of preparedness and supplies during the first wave.

In recent weeks Spain has been the most affected country, but in a matter of days others such as Czech Republic The Netherlands (about which we will talk later) have taken the lead in relation to the number of infected for each test performed. Regarding the excess mortality (mortality registered in 2020 compared to the normal average of previous years) does not seem to have experienced a notable increase compared to the months of March and April; although it has increased significantly in the most affected countries such as Spain.

The great concern in this sense of the health authorities and governments is that the high number of new infections, despite the fact that a high percentage of the disease is mild, may affect the most disadvantaged population groups and the elderly.

The WHO warned last Thursday of the “exponential growth” of the pandemic in Europe. Not only Spain and France are being affected. Last October 15 Germany reported 6,638 new infections in 24 hours, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic. The German authorities are already working on a number of norms that will be applied when the country reaches 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. These include the mandatory use of masks whenever the safety distance cannot be maintained. If the incidence rate rises to 50, the measures would be tougher with the closure of nightlife in the country at 11:00 p.m.

Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, announced last Tuesday a “partial confinement” for four weeks in the Netherlands to stop the second wave in the country that reported 43,904 new positive cases last week, becoming the third country in the Union European with worst figures

Czech Republic recorded 9,544 new infections in 24 hours on October 15, his biggest data since the start of the pandemic. The country is in State of emergency since last October 5 and the government has enabled 500 beds for Covid patients at one of the fairgrounds in Prague.

Since yesterday Ireland prohibits home visits nationwide after registering 1,095 new infections in 24 hours October 14. Our Portuguese neighbors have been in a calamity phase since last Thursday and want the use of masks and the Stay Away mobile application to be mandatory (penalties of up to 500 euros). October 14 Portugal it marked a record of infections with 2,072 new positives.

Hungary closed its borders a little more than a month and a half ago, but days before this decision, it began to experience an increase in daily cases until it reached a 800 daily average.

CONCERN FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE NETHERLANDS

The situation of United Kingdom. The British Ministry of Health notified last Wednesday 19,724 new infections. Its about second worst data since the start of the pandemic in a scenario in which different measures and restrictions are being applied in areas of the country ranging from closure of schools and bars in Northern Ireland at restrictions on movement in Wales.

Boris Johnson, has assured that “nothing is ruled out”, and measures with a “local and regional focus” will be applied, with the aim of “avoiding the misery that another national confinement would entail.”

The country has already exceeded the threshold of 650,000 cases with a death toll above 43,150. The first Minister, Boris Johnson, has assured that “nothing is ruled out”, and measures with a “local and regional focus” will be applied, with the aim of “Avoid the misery that another national confinement would entail”.

Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, announced last Tuesday a “Partial confinement” valid for four weeks in the Netherlands to stop the second wave in the country that reported 43,904 new positive cases last week, becoming the third country in the European Union with the worst figures. Among the measures adopted are the mandatory use of masks indoors and the closing of bars and restaurants from 8:00 p.m.

After approving this week a new package of measures to combat the virus, Italy, until recently an example of how to avoid the second wave after having been one of the great global foci at the beginning of the pandemic, recorded 7,332 new cases last Wednesday. Record figure after performing more than 152,000 PCRs in 24 hours.

One of the few countries that seems to stay safe from the second wave, as it already did with the first, is Greece. The data since the beginning of the pandemic report 431 deaths and just over 21,000 infected in a population of 11 million people- Your secret? The speed and prudence in facing the virus, being aware of having a public health system that has been greatly weakened by the economic crisis and one of the oldest populations in Europe.

The situation in Europe is increasingly worrying. The latest report released by the WHO indicates that in the last week the highest number of cases has been registered to date: almost https://www.consalud.es/700,000, that is, 34% more than just seven days ago. Figures increased by the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Russia that agglutinate 51% of new infections. Despite this, the WHO believes that action can still be taken to bend the curve of the second wave.

Because we all need health … ConSalud.es

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