France on Thursday reported its second-highest tally of new daily coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic and the most since the country’s strict lockdown ended, the latest signal that Western Europe is seeing a resurgence of coronavirus cases.
- There were 6,111 new coronavirus cases counted in France on Thursday, Reuters reported, with the total number of infections the country has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic now at 259,698.
- It comes as Parisians will be mandated to don face masks outdoors at all times in the French capital from Friday.
- Cases are rising elsewhere in Western Europe: the United Kingdom tallied 1,522 new cases Thursday, the most since mid-June, the BBC reported.
- Infections began rising in Spain in early July and in August began to top the daily numbers in the spring during the peak of the coronavirus - crisis in Europe, though officials attribute it partly to increased testing and say the country is better equipped to handle the cases now.
- New cases have also turned up slightly in Italy since late July, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and just over a week ago the country reached a new post-lockdown record for daily new infections.
Officials have warned of a new rise in cases since many of Europe’s strict lockdowns ended, with many putting the blame on partying young people and on people taking summer holidays, frustrated from staying cooped up for months. While the upticks are concerning, it’s still nowhere near the numbers that most European countries reported in the spring, when Europe was home to many of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, like Italy and Spain.