THERE are fears Spain’s second coronavirus wave could be worse than the first one after parts of the country saw a rise in coronavirus infections.
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Another town in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla y León has been placed in confinement due to a surge in cases, according to El Pais.
Health authorities have detected 338 new cases in the region in the last 24 hours.
The Basque health chief, Nekane Murga, said: “The virus is gaining ground on us little by little.
“There are no reasons to believe that the virus is any weaker or less lethal right now. We are playing with fire.”
Ms Murga urged residents to wear a mask in public and follow social distancing guidelines.
The Aragón region – which has the highest cumulative incidence of Covid-19 of any region in Europe – has 567 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
It comes as 32,000 residents of Aranda de Duero, in Burgos province, will face another lockdown – effective from tomorrow – due to a recent surge in cases.
On Wednesday, Spain reported its highest number of new cases since it began easing lockdown restrictions in June, with 1,772 infections.
Today France has recorded its highest daily number of new Covid-19 cases since June, raising the prospect of it joining Spain on the Foreign Office’s quarantine “red” list.
With more than 30,000 deaths, France has the third-highest death toll in Europe, behind the UK and Italy.
Greece has also seen an increase in cases this week, with the Prime Minister describing the rise as “worrying”.
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a statement: “Any form of complacency is unjustified.
We still don’t know how […] many months we will be forced to live with the virus.”
The UK is also bracing for a second wave of Covid-19, as researchers warn it could be much worse than the first wave that peaked in early April.
Coronavirus deaths in the UK have risen by 49 to 46,413 – with cases jumping by 950 in the biggest rise for 41 days.
The high number of new infections puts the total number of positive Covid-19 cases to 308,134.