While the continent’s first spring outbreak hit the elderly, spreading in nursing homes and hospitals, these new infectious hordes seem to be tied to young people who are impersonating. bars, restaurants and other public places.
Spain takes the lead in this new battle. Earlier this week, Spain overtook the UK as the country with the second highest number of confirmed cases in Europe after Russia. The Spanish Air Force has deployed a field hospital to the city of Zaragoza, the capital of the Aragon region, where the number of Covid-19 infections has spiked in the past few weeks.
Data from the Ministry of Health of this country shows that the average age of people who test positive for coronavirus in Spain has decreased steadily in recent weeks, showing that more and more young people suffer from infection.
Young people are infected with the virus
Similar trends are seen in other European countries.
According to the ECDC, 40% of people who get the disease in Europe between January and May are 60 years or older. But in June and July, this age group accounts for only 17.3% of the total cases. The ECDC says the greatest summer incidence rate, 19.5%, was reported in people aged 20 to 29 years. The mean age decreased from 54 in January to May to 39 years in June through July.
However, Véran said the impact on the health system was not as bad as in the spring when France had similar rates of infection.
“The rate of complicated cases is much lower,” Véran told France 2 TV channel, adding that the age of people with the illness is one reason behind this. “The patient is diagnosed with [Covid-19] are now younger, 20 to 40 years old and less vulnerable, “he explained.
Greece is also seeing a new spike in cases. It has recorded the highest daily increase of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began on Wednesday, with 262 new cases recorded by the Greek National Public Health Organization.
According to a tweet from Vassilis Kikilias, Greece’s Health Minister, the average age of those infected in August fell to 36.
Starting earlier this week, visitors from Spain, Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands need to have a negative test to be admitted. There is also a new midnight curfew for bars and restaurants in 16 regions in Greece.
As schools in Germany begin to reopen, the government is urging people to abide by the rules of being away from society and wearing masks. It also started a massive campaign of free tests for anyone entering the country.
But starting Thursday, the restrictions will apply even to those from countries that Italy previously deemed safe. Travelers who have been to Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain in the past 14 days – even if they have just been in transit – can only enter Italy if they test negative within 72 hours of their arrival.
Farther north, the UK last week introduced new quarantine requirements for people from Belgium after cases there spiked. It also announced a number of partial shutdowns in parts of northern England where new outbreaks have been identified.
CNN’s Chris Liakos in Kefalonia, Livia Borghese in Rome, Fred Pleitgen in Berlin and Sharon Braithwaite, James Frater and Sarah Dean in London contributed to the report.