Second Wave of COVID-19 Hits Europe

France has reached a record number of 52,010 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over this weekend and Spain has declared a new state of emergency in an effort to curb the rise in cases as Europe is engulfed by the second wave of outbreaks. 

France has a new total of 1,138, 507 confirmed cases, making it the world’s fifth-highest number of cases behind The United States India, Brazil, and Russia. The health ministry has reported that 116 people have died from coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 34,761 in addition to the 137 casualties reported on Saturday. 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new state of emergency this Sunday, imposing nighttime curfews and banning travel between regions. All regions in Spain, excluding the Canary Islands, are to impose a nighttime curfew and limit the number of people allowed to gather to 6. 

“We are living in an extreme situation … it is the most serious health crisis in the last century,” he told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

Catalonia was the first region to impose the new legislation on Sunday, requiring all establishments open to the public to close at 9 p.m and all residents to be in their homes by 10 p.m. Other regions later announced curfews, such as Cantabria and La Rioja. 

Over the summer Spain imposed one of the strictest lockdown procedures in order to curb case numbers. Now, like many other European countries, it is seeing its second wave hit. Now Spain has one of the highest numbers of infections in Western Europe. Total cases rose to 1,046,132 on Friday, while the death toll is nearing 35,000

Restaurants closed at 6:30 in Madrid Spain
Photo by Manu Fernadez, taken on Oct 23, 2020, Some rights reserved,