Editorial

Second wave in Europe

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/18/2020 12:13:39 PM IST

 Countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases after successfully slowing outbreaks early this year. Europe's second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of COVID-fatigue. Media citing report by John Hopkins University stated that Russia, Spain, France and the U.K. are leading with the majority of new cases. Each of their epidemiological curves are showing steep increases, with new daily cases surpassing previous records observed at the onset of the pandemic. Multiple European countries are announcing greater public health restrictions in response to increased coronavirus transmission across the continent. Along with the Americas, Europe is experiencing an uptick in new cases following a slowdown during summer months after initial outbreaks in February and the following spring. From France to Russia, from Britain to the Czech Republic, European leaders are confronting a surge in coronavirus cases that is rapidly filling hospital beds, driving up death tolls and raising the grim prospect of further lockdowns in countries already traumatized by the pandemic. After easing lockdowns, the reopening of some social spaces, including restaurants and university campuses, helped fuel a second surge in new cases - not unlike the wave of new infections hitting the U.S. As the United States approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths and the seven-day average for new cases has been steadily rising, some top health experts are warning that the country could be headed into dangerous territory in the fall(September to November). The vast majority of countries are declaring more cases each day now than they were during the first wave early this year. The increase in infection numbers could be due to increase in testing capacity. Many governments around Europe are ramping up restrictions in a desperate bid to stem the resurgence of Covid-19 and avoid more damaging lockdowns and ever-tighter rules. Some countries are in a better position than others while the World Health Organization said that the soaring numbers of Covid-19 cases in Europe was of "great concern." The continent, which once compared favorably to the United States in its handling of the pandemic, is being engulfed by a second wave of infection. With an average of more than 100,000 new infections per day over the past week, Europe now accounts for about one-third of new cases reported worldwide. To some extent, Europe’s setback is hardly a surprise. Public health experts have long warned that the virus could roar back when the days grew colder, driving people indoors, where the risk of transmission is far greater. In several European countries, lockdowns were lifted abruptly, sowing complacency among people who felt they could return to their normal lives. In the face of intense political pressures, European leaders have been reluctant to impose new, economically damaging lockdowns, often opting for the lightest possible measures. The other fear is that COVID-19 could mutate in some animal species into a form of resistant to future vaccine before being passed back to humans. If this happens and there is more possibility of being so, then nations across better not pin their hopes on the expected first prototype vaccine.

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