As countries across Europe hunker down for their second lockdowns after an autumn resurgence of coronavirus outbreaks, France, Italy and Germany have all detected record-breaking numbers of new infections, following a handful of neighboring countries that marked the same grim watershed this week.
- France announced Thursday it had counted 58,046 new cases, an all-time high for the country and the second time the nation has broken its new case record in just the four previous days, Reuters reported.
- Italy, once the hardest-hit country in the world early on in the pandemic, also registered its highest count of new daily infections with 34,505, according to the Associated Press.
- While Germany was praised worldwide for beating back the coronavirus during the spring outbreak much more effectively than many of its European neighbors, it too counted a record high of 19,990 new cases on Thursday, outpacing the previous high recording Saturday, according to a Deutsche Welle report.
- On Monday, Spain saw its own daily case record broken Monday with 55,019 additional infections added to its tally over the past 24 hours.
- Sweden, a country that garnered headlines worldwide for not implementing harsh coronavirus crackdowns in spring like the rest of Europe, laid down new restrictions Tuesday after reporting a record-breaking 5,000 new cases in a single day last week.
- Greece on Thursday became the latest European nation to announce a new lockdown starting later this week after the nation registered 2,646 new infections Wednesday, a record for the country.
European countries aren’t the only nations struggling. They are all still faring better in terms of case counts than the United States, which registered a jaw-dropping 103,000 new infections on Wednesday alone.
While initial springtime lockdowns and strict crackdowns have been credited with the large decrease in new coronavirus cases and deaths countries across Europe saw earlier this year, many nations began to note an uptick in infections as summer began and restrictions were pulled back. As autumn brought surges in new cases, countries across the continent began locking down again or implementing new curfews and other measures in a bid to contain the virus once more.