Novel coronavirus cases in Europe have skyrocketed an atrocious high in recent weeks, purging every hope of a return to normal, and instead forcing the governments to prevent a monstrous second coming.
COVID-19 cases have significantly increased in nations like Spain and France, with caseloads nearly touching the Spring peak when the pandemic began.
Axios noted, the sudden spike in confirmed cases is a part of the increased number of tests that are now being conducted, but the death rate has also increased.
Back in August, in the first two weeks, COVID-19 deaths were averaging at 668 people across Germany, Italy, UK, France, and Spain, which is much low as compared to the US, having the same population but recording nearly twice the number of deaths in the same time.
But now, two months later, the number of deaths has climbed to 4316 cases collectively in these nations, recording a whopping 6.5 times the numbers than what it was in August.
In April, the same number for these nations was 44,771 cases — 10 times of what they are recording now.
As October shrugs of its second week, Europe is seeing a resurgence of the virus in Spain (1,622), UK (1,012), Germany (200), and France (1,018), Axios reported.
Stephen Kessler, a researcher at Harvard who predicts the spread of diseases including COVID-19 told Axios, the current trend of the virus in Europe is probably the onset of the more widespread.
Kessler however said the alarming caseload in Europe may not necessarily translate to unprecedented death tolls, since both testing and treatment have improved.
Europeans have been skeptical of a full lockdown, even as caseload is on the rise. The UK did not announce a sweeping lockdown and instead issued new restrictions.
Governments too are highly reluctant to impose a strict lockdown to control the spread — the fallen economy along with a weary population is adding to the dilemma.
“It’s time to step up. The message to governments is: don’t hold back with relatively small actions to avoid the painful damaging actions we saw in the first round,” WHO’s Europe director Hans Kluge said.
“The only thing that we know works and works very effectively is pretty strict lockdown. That said, I do think that there’s a lot we can do in the middle ground to mitigate the spread of the virus.”
As the COVID-19 case comes storming back in Europe, some politicians are urging people to stay back at home as much as possible. But the same leaders, a few weeks ago, were incentivizing people to dine out or travel domestically.
Healthcare experts have previously warned that the Northern Hemisphere winter poses a significant threat of wider spread as people will start to gather indoors after returning from the world, brewing more chances of indoor spread.
The indoor spread is much more common when it comes to COVID-19 than the spread in an open. In many countries, the spike in the case has been largely driven by the younger generation.
“It’s hard to be 20 in 2020,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.
Leaders in the European nations trying to halt the growing spread of the virus. Services in bars, restaurants, and eateries have been toned down in the Netherlands and Germany.
While Czech Republic — the hardest-hit nation in Europe as of now — has closed off its schools and bars. Poland hit hard during the second wave has introduced newer restrictions in a tired system.