COVID-19 : Second wave of infections sweep across some countries

Some European countries including France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Malta, Spain , Belgium, Hungary, and Austria have reported an outbreak of new COVID-19 infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO), had earlier warned that the disease “may be with us for a long time“,  especially if people return to normal life without much consideration for social distancing.

Health experts say, the virus was only suppressed in most of these countries, and not eradicated.Then lockdowns were soon eased, and the virus  continues to spread.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control recently said that Spain had 300 cases of COVID-19 in 100,000 people.

France and the U.K. have joined the list of countries with high rates of new infections, but authorities are imposing additional restrictions, to keep the virus check .

On September 12, France reported 16, 000 new cases- the highest single record since the pandemic was first reported in the country. As of September 28, new cases in the U.K. stand at 5, 693, and a total of 43,969 cases.

But UK scientists have warned that more people are likely to die from the virus if measures to contain the virus are not strictly respected .

No Africa country has yet reported an increase in new infections, but experts say Africa like Europe, may witness fresh infections if people continue to flout  preventive measures .

 

Kathy Neba Sina 

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