France's COVID-19 cases top 1M_china

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 24, 2020

The country has reported 16,973 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest count from the Ministry of Health, which has raised the total to 1,005,295 since the first case was diagnosed on January 31 on the island of La Gomera, in the Canary Islands.

With more young people infected, this second wave of the pandemic is being less lethal in Spain than the first, which reached its climax between late March and early April, with about 800 deaths per day.

After Spain became the first European country to have reported over 1,000,000 cases of COVID-19, France has swiftly followed suit in reaching the grim milestone.

Austria reported its biggest daily increase of COVID-19 cases as a further 1,958 people tested positive in the past 24 hours. Emmanuel Macron's government announced that several more regions of the country see the 9 pm to 6 am curfew reimposed.

The new spikes have caused governments across the continent to reintroduce harsh restrictions on cities, regions, and entire countries.

After being brought under control during a nationwide lockdown in the spring, the virus started spreading again a couple of months after restrictions were lifted and people started to move around and socialize again.

France, meanwhile, is also projected to hit one million cases, after seeing a new all-time daily record of 30,000 new cases.

Dr Angela Hernandez Puente, who is the deputy secretary of Madrid's Amtys medical association, said the situation was very worrying, but not comparable with the overwhelming pressure that the health system came under in March when intensive care units were full and staff lacked personal protective equipment.

While the death toll also rose to 9,905, Wieler stressed that it had to be assumed that there would be more Covid-19 cases and fatalities in the coming days.

Spain was hit hard by coronavirus in the first months of the pandemic, and brought in some of the strictest measures to tackle it - including banning children from going outside.

Experts say the real number is probably much higher because insufficient testing, asymptomatic cases and other issues impede authorities from capturing the true scale of the outbreak.

Both stand in contrast to most Asian countries, where cases were brought low and stayed low, and life is often back to normal.

"We are at the doorstep of winter, when most activities are carried out indoors, when probability of virus contagion is higher".

Spain is in sixth place in the overall list of countries in the world with the highest number of detected infections - after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina.

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