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July 30, 2020 - Europe is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases and renewed lockdown measures, as the World Health Organisation warned that young people could be driving spikes in infections across the continent.
Dr Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, said that “we see from reports both nationally and sub-nationally that now the spike in cases in quite a number of countries is primarily in age cohorts between 20 and 39”.
In several countries, including France and Germany, health experts have said that more young people are testing positive for the virus. Officials said that young people have been social distancing less often and have more contacts.
Several countries in Europe have tightened restrictions once again amid fears that a second wave of Covid-19 is approaching.
Germany’s public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said Wednesday it was very concerned about rising cases of coronavirus in the country. It has already introduced tests for travellers returning from high-risk areas.
Belgium has reimposed stricter social distancing rules after a spike in infections, while France had consecutive days with more than 1,000 new cases.
Spain, meanwhile, has seen a rise in cases in Catalonia, prompting the region to go into lockdown.
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