New outbreaks of covid-19 in Spain, the United Kingdom and France, above all, are of concern in Europe, faced with the increase of contagions in several countries, three months after the continent ceased to be the center of the pandemic in the world.

In addition to these three countries, one of the most affected by the covid-19 pandemic in Europe, others are experiencing new outbreaks or new contagion chains of the new coronavirus, although with less expression.

+++ SPAIN +++

The number of new contagions in the last few days is seven times higher than that registered when, a month ago, the state of emergency was lifted and circulation, social relations and economic activity were resumed.

On June 21, when the state of emergency ended, Spain had 141 new cases in 24 hours.

Since then, 369 outbreaks have been recorded in all the autonomous communities of the country, but with special seriousness in Aragon and Barcelona (northeast).

This Thursday, 971 new cases were recorded, with 281 active outbreaks across the country involving 3,200 new cases of infection.

+++ FRANCE +++

France has recorded in recent weeks an increase in cases of infection that has led the authorities to issue alerts to the population about the need to maintain the hygiene and safety rules that contribute to limit contagions.

In the most recent bulletin, published on Thursday, France counted 1,062 new cases in 24 hours and indicated that, compared to last week, there was a 27% increase in positive tests for covid-19.

Since the beginning of the deflation in May, 570 outbreaks of contagion have been identified, 10 of them between Wednesday and Thursday, although only 120 remain active, with 450 outbreaks considered resolved.

+++ UNITED KINGDOM +++

The United Kingdom is the country in Europe so far with the most deaths associated with covid-19 and the third worldwide, with 45,554 deaths, in almost 300,000 confirmed cases.

The most serious outbreak in activity occurred at the beginning of the month in the city of Leicester, which for a week accounted for 10% of all cases in England.

The authorities decreed the closure of schools and non-essential commercial establishments for 15 days.

With the number of deaths remaining high in the country, the British Government has adopted new measures to stop the spread of the virus, such as the mandatory mask, starting today, in stores, supermarkets, banks and post offices.

+++ ROMANIA +++

Romania has seen a sharp increase in cases, with a daily record of 1,112 new infections reached on Thursday.

According to the latest official balance sheet, 25 people died between Wednesday and Thursday, in a country that has recorded a total number of deaths since March of 2.126.

The contagions started to increase in the beginning of June, after a sharp fall in May, evolution that the authorities attribute to the less careful of the population to maintain protection rules after the lifting of the state of emergency and the confinement, on May 15th.

+++ GERMANY +++

Two weeks ago, Germany recorded the most serious outbreak, with about 1,800 new cases among workers in a slaughterhouse, an outbreak already considered controlled.

In the last 24 hours, 815 new cases have been reported, a moderate number for a country with 83 million inhabitants.

However, the authorities expressed concern about the cases recorded in people from abroad, namely from Spain.

+++ BELGIUM +++

Belgium decided not to proceed to the next stages of deflation due to an increase in new cases, which, according to today’s figures, translates into a daily average of 220 new cases in the last seven days.

The increase in cases was detected in mid-July in localized communities, but currently extends to the entire Belgian population.

The authorities decided not to go back on the measures for easing restrictions already in force, but some have hardened, such as the mandatory use of a mask, until now only in closed spaces and now extended to the most frequented shopping streets.

+++ ITALY +++

In Bologna (north) a new outbreak was identified on Thursday in a residence for the elderly with 21 infected people and, on the same day, an outbreak in Molise (center), where seven Venezuelans from the same family tested positive.

The Italian authorities, the country that in the first months of the pandemic in Europe was the most affected and counted 35,092 deaths and more than 245 thousand cases until Thursday, are also attentive to the island of Capri (south), following the contacts of three tourists from Roma who visited the island over the weekend and tested positive.

In Rome the authorities are conducting tests among the natural community of Bangladesh, among which 39 cases were detected earlier this month.

+++ NETHERLANDS +++

According to the most recent official figures, between July 15 and 21, 987 new cases of infection were reported, almost double the previous week.

Between July 4th and 7th, the number of new cases rose 0.29% and between July 16th and 19th, 0.72%, which suggests a new trend of increasing cases.

Since June 1, anyone with mild symptoms can get tested, but officials admit that the actual numbers of infections are still higher than positive tests.

+++ GREECE +++

Greece is experiencing a slight but steady increase in the number of new cases in a country that was least affected by the pandemic, with 4,100 cases and 201 deaths.

In the last week there was a daily average of 25 new cases, almost a third (27.8%) of which were related to travel to or from abroad.

Greece resumed air links with 29 countries on 15 June, a list that expanded to 46 countries on 1 July, and the United Kingdom on 15 July, and plans to open its airports to US flights later this month. , the country in the world with more cases and more deaths associated with the new coronavirus.

Of the 46,893 tests carried out on passengers arriving in Greece last week, only 0.2% tested positive, according to official figures.

+++ AUSTRIA +++

Austria reintroduced, as of today, the mandatory use of masks in commercial establishments, 39 days after limiting the measure to public transport, hospitals and clinics, in view of the drop in contagions.

As of Thursday, the country had 170 new cases, the highest number since mid-April, then in May and June the new daily cases remained below 50.

+++ CZECH REPUBLIC +++

Czech authorities recorded 235 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily number since June, after several days in a row with an average of 200 new contagions.

In light of the figures, the Government decided to reintroduce restrictions, including the use of a mask in closed spaces with more than 100 people or the limitation of concentrations to 500 people (so far 1,000).

+++ POLAND +++

Poland recorded 458 new positives today, the highest number since June 17 and the second consecutive above 400 new cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Most cases are registered in the provinces of Silesia and Lesser Poland, in the south of the country. In Silesia, where 184 of the cases in the last 24 hours have been detected, the authorities admit “enough” new infections in the coming days.

However, the Government rules out the possibility of reintroducing restrictions, stressing the need for greater respect for rules such as the use of a mask, physical distance and hand washing.

+++ PORTUGAL +++

Portugal had 206 active outbreaks on Monday, the biggest concern in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, where most of these outbreaks are concentrated (almost 65%).

In nineteen parishes in the region, the state of calamity is in force, with the duty to collect at home, and in the rest, measures were imposed, such as the closure of most establishments at 20:00 and the prohibition of the sale of alcohol after that time.

The rate of contagion in the whole of Portugal has been decreasing, with the last five consecutive days registering less than 300 new infections per day, which has not occurred since May, when there were 19 consecutive days with less than 200 daily cases.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 627,000 deaths and infected more than 15.2 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a balance sheet today from the agency France-Presse (AFP).

Europe surpassed 3 million cases on Thursday, registering 206,000 deaths.

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