Europe scrambles to avoid a second coronavirus wave, as infections rise
Meanwhile, German health officials have called a rise in infections in the past two weeks deeply concerning.
“People are being infected everywhere,” said Ute Rexroth, head of surveillance at Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, which sounded the alarm on rising numbers on Tuesday. “Weddings, meetings with friends, sadly, also nursing homes or health institutes. We are worried that this could be a change of trend.”
The reported rise in cases across several countries follows weeks of stability that had ushered in a growing sense of normalcy. A wave of reopening measures had come and gone without significant ill-effect. People went to movies, dined at restaurants and started working from offices again.
But virologists had always warned that successful reopening was dependent on citizens remaining vigilant with mask wearing and distancing measures. And there are signs adherence has been slipping.
On the tree-lined streets of Brussels, masks have been a rare sight. In Berlin, famed for its 24-hour pre-pandemic party scene, police have struggled to break up …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]