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Europe frets over COVID-19 spikes



European concerns were yesterday growing over spikes in coronavirus cases in Germany and France but the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the continent should be able to fight the pandemic without re-imposing full lockdown measures.

  Germany, which has fared better than most of its neighbours, announced it would extend its quarantine rules to parts of Croatia, a popular holiday destination for many Germans, strengthening the idea that the new spread of COVID-19 is being fuelled by returning holidaymakers.

The full extent of the virus spread in India was once again under the microscope as a new study suggested that more than a quarter of Delhi’s 20 million people may have been infected without showing symptoms, following on the heels of several similar studies.

There was more encouraging data from Africa, where health officials said they were “hopeful” after a drop in the number of infections last week.

According to Head of African Union’s Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, this poses a new danger.

 “We have begun to bend the curve slowly… it’s important to recognise those slight tendencies that are positive. The continent has suffered far less harm than most other regions from the pandemic, which has now infected more than 22 million and killed hundreds of thousands since it first emerged in China late last year,” she said.

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