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Several European countries confront second Covid-19 wave

CAPE TOWN- Several countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases as the rate of daily new infections have increased in countries such as France and the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday, it was reported that cafes in Paris, France, have closed due to a potential second wave of coronavirus infections. Around 17,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday alone, the highest daily number since the country began widespread testing.

According to EuroNews, other countries — such as Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, North Macedonia — are recording higher case numbers than earlier in the year. Countries such as France, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain are possibly facing their second wave and have started taking action to curb it.

Associate professor of microbiology at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York, Eric Yager, PhD, told Healthline in an interview that the potential second wave of infections across Europe could be due to the relaxation of certain lockdown measures, including the disregard of mask wearing, sanitisation, and social distancing.

In response to the second Covid-19 surge in Europe, several countries and cities are considering another round of quarantines and lockdowns.

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that coronavirus lockdown restrictions could continue past Christmas and into 2021. Meanwhile, the city of Liverpool and surrounding towns in northern England have already been placed back on lockdown.

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