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Coronavirus infections rise across Europe

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/24/20, 04:00 pm

Spain recorded 971 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the nation’s highest daily count since officials lifted a state of emergency at the end of June. In Belgium, infections rose by 89 percent from the previous week, and officials reported the death of a 3-year-old, the nation’s youngest victim. Italy reported more than 300 new cases on Thursday, the most in one day since mid-June.

How are officials handling the resurgence? Belgian authorities on Thursday tightened restrictions and enforced the use of masks outdoors. Britain’s mask rules went into effect on Friday, imposing a $100-plus fine for those who refuse to wear a face covering in public. Totana, Spain, on Thursday returned to the first phase of lockdown after authorities traced 55 cases to a bar.

Dig deeper: Read Julie Borg’s report in Beginnings on positive changes in the virus’ mortality rate in intensive care units.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 07/25/2020 05:04 pm

    I wonder if any of this has to do with increased testing. That important fact is often left out of reporting. As far as masks go, the US has had lots of mask mandates around the country over the last several months but we are still seeing increases in cases and infection rates.

  • GC
    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 01:15 pm

    Since we're speculating, I wonder if the reason there have been increases in cases and infection rates in the spite of "lots of mask mandates" is because of non-compliance. I was in a local store last week where signs clearly stated that masks were required, but in the checkout line I counted 3 out of 14 people who were wearing masks, and one of those was not covering the wearer's nose.

    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 05:04 pm

    The media & Dems won't blame any of it on rioting. 

    Also, I believe there is more testing being done. Some people might be curious if they got it. Some people might be ok with going to see the long put off doctor appointment. You know the doctor will test the person. They might even test them before they enter the doctor's office or clinic.

    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 05:09 pm

    Masks are required for businesses and stores in Arizona. But one checkout clerk at a Dollar Store was not wearing a mask even though the store has a sign that you must wear a mask before entering. Maybe that store has no one to enforce masks and I don't think that woman was going to confront someone not wearing one. (We have a lot of "homeless" people here.)