As a second wave of coronavirus hits Europe, authorities worry widespread “COVID-fatigue” is setting in.
Eastern European countries are seeing new case records, with the Czech Republic now experiencing the highest per-capita infection rate on the continent, the Associated Press reported. Some Western countries, including Belgium, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain and France, are diagnosing more new cases every day per capita than the US.
“We’re seeing 98,000 cases reported in the last 24 hours. That’s a new regional record. That’s very alarming,” said Robb Butler, executive director of the WHO’s Europe regional office. While part of that is due to increased testing, “It’s also worrisome in terms of virus resurgence.”
In Spain, a state of emergency was declared for Madrid. In Germany, soldiers were called up to help with contact tracing in new hotspots. And in Italy, where a new outdoor mask mandate went into effect this week, concerns about the hospitals filling up are rising for the