Coronavirus second wave? Which countries in Europe are experiencing a resurgence of cases?

Countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases after successfully slowing outbreaks early in the year.

But how strong has the coronavirus comeback been and does it compare to the infection numbers seen in the spring?

Some countries — such as Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, North Macedonia — are seeing higher case numbers in August than they did earlier in the year.

Belgium, Italy and the UK — among Europe’s worst-hit countries — are seeing a resurgence but, so far at least, nothing like March and April. Of the three, the UK’s figures look the most worrying. It registered 2,919 cases on September 10.

France, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain are likely dealing with the much-feared second wave and have started taking action to curb it. France, for example, declared 9,843 new cases on September 10, the highest figure it has ever recorded.

But some of the case spikes could be simply down to more testing – many countries didn’t have the capacity to carry out tests earlier in the year.

*ECDC Methodology