Second coronavirus wave strikes Europe as countries reimpose strict lockdowns

According to the head of Germany’s doctors’ union, the country is already experiencing a second wave of the deadly pandemic as people fail to follow social distancing rules

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    A second coronavirus wave has struck Europe as countries reimpose strict lockdowns, experts say.

    According to the head of Germany's doctors' union, the country is already experiencing a second wave of the deadly pandemic as people fail to follow social distancing rules.

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 879 to 211,281, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday.

    The reported death toll rose by eight to 9,156.

    Susanne Johna, head of the doctors' union, said: "We are already in a second, shallow upswing."

    France's top scientific committee warned the virus is under control as it stands, but it "could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control."

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    Destinations such as  Spain, Greece and Italy, who opened their borders to tourists, are also fearing a second wave.

    Greece recorded 121 new cases in the last 24 hours – the highest daily tally since April 22.

    Italy – once the coronavirus hotspot of Europe – has managed to avoid a resurgence so far, but two cruise ships are now quarantined in the Civitavecchia port in Rome.

    Spain saw 8,500 new cases over the weekend.

    An all-inclusive resort in Majorca was shutdown and two towns north of Madrid have placed in lockdown.

    The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen by 65 to 46,364.

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    There have also been 892 further cases of the virus officially recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 307,184.

    The rise in deaths is 18 fewer than the 83 recorded across the UK seven days ago, as deaths continue to slowly decline.

    But the number of infections is up on the 763 reported this time last week fuelling concerns that the virus is bubbling up again in a number of towns.

    It comes after the number of deaths in hospital in the last 24 hours was 15 – a smaller increase than last Wednesday when 19 hospital deaths were recorded.

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    The figures come out as a second local lockdown is put in place – this time in Aberdeen after a cluster of at least 54 cases linked the Hawthorn Bar.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the rise in cases heightens fears the Scottish Government is "dealing with a significant outbreak in Aberdeen that may include some community transmission".

    A five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are being told not to enter each other's houses.

    All indoor and outdoor hospitality venues have been told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.

    The measures, which apply to the Aberdeen City area, will be backed by government regulations, the First Minister said, and will be enforced if the rules are not followed.

    According to the First Minister, more than 20 other pubs and restaurants are involved in the cluster not just the Hawthorn bar.

    Devastating statistics show England has the highest level of excess deaths in Europe.

    Analysis by the Office for National Statistics shows England had "the longest continuous period of excess mortality of any country" which led to the country having the "highest levels of excess mortality in Europe for the period as a whole."


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