France, UK and Italy register further increases in Covid-19 cases

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As of 23 August 2020, 2 037 588 cases were registered across the European Continent.

Over the weekend Italy, France and the United Kingdom registered significant increases in coronavirus cases since the countries ended their respective lockdowns.

The UK recorded 1,041 new cases on Sunday. According to the statistics published Six people died after testing positive for the coronavirus within the previous 28 days, compared with 18 deaths announced on Saturday.

France reported 4,897 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Sunday, the highest daily level since the end of a two-month lockdown in May. Health Minister Olivier Veran warned earlier that the situation was risky, and said infections were essentially happening among 20 to 40 year-olds at parties. Cases among older people were starting to rise too, Veran said, but he ruled out another total lockdown in France. 

In Italy the number of new cases on Sunday was of 1,210. There were also 7 deaths. The total number of cases registered since the start of the pandemic in Italy was close to 260,000. So far the Italian government has resisted to undergo a new lockdown. On the other hand there are significant efforts to control the issue of excessive cases, which are linked to mass events and which are predominantly linked to the island of Sardegna, a hotspot for staycations.