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Germany's new virus cases fell to below 500 a day for weeks. Now they've topped 800

July 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Health workers take a test in a coronavirus COVID-19 car testing station for residents in Mamming, southern Germany, after an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus at a farm on July 27, 2020. - A total of 174 seasonal workers on a large Bavarian farm in the municipality of Mamming have tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19 and some 500 are in quarantine to contain a mass coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Just as it seemed that Europe was getting to grips with Covid-19, the virus appears to be spreading again, with more than 800 new cases reported in a day in Germany.

The number of new daily cases had dropped to around 500 a day in recent weeks, but rose to 815 on Friday, the RKI said.

It said the new cases were linked to large gatherings, workplaces and community facilities, as well as to travelers returning from other countries.

France, which is offering free tests, has seen new daily cases creep back to the same level as when its lockdown lifted on May 11, Health Minister Olivier Veran told the French newspaper Le Parisien Sunday.

Veran said the country was not yet in a second wave of the pandemic, but warned that cases were rising sharply -- exceeding 1,000 in 24 hours last week.

On Friday, the French Health Ministry said the "R" rate had risen to 1. 3 and warned that "the virus is circulating throughout the country. "

But Belgium is tightening restrictions nationwide until the end of August after new infections increased in the country by an average of 193 a day last week -- up 91% compared with the previous seven days, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told CNN.

As for Italy, once the epicenter of the pandemic, the country's health minister said last week that it was now "out of the storm," although it has some way to go to eliminate the virus.

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