FRENCH health bosses have raised the alarm about an impending second wave as a new spike plagues Germany, Greece and Spain.
The warning came after more than 7,000 new infections were recorded in France in the last week.
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The Health Ministry published a worrying report from the country’s scientific committee after more than 7,000 new infections were recorded in the last week.
In the past three days alone 3,376 new cases have been detected.
A ministry spokesman said: “The situation is precarious and we could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain.
“It is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter.”
But they added that if people failed to respect social-distancing rules, it could not rule out a renewed second wave arriving in the next month.
The surge in cases comes after an increasing number of French cities decided to make mask-wearing mandatory in crowded outdoor areas.
Paris could be next, with Mayor Anne Hidalgo having submitted a formal request to state authorities to make masks mandatory in shopping streets, the banks of the river Seine and parks and gardens, Le Monde reported.
In light of the second wave fears, president Emmanuel Macron said: “It’s important to continue to respect guidelines against kissing and shaking hands.”
He added wearing masks, washing your hands with antibacterial gel was crucial.
Meanwhile In neighbouring Germany, the doctors’ union said it was already contending with a second wave.
They said widespread disregard for social-distancing guidelines was risked squandering the country’s early success in containing the virus.
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Greece, which also had success in the past controlling the bug, recorded 121 new cases yesterday, which is the highest daily tally since April 22, and the prime minister urged the country to maintain social distancing.
And Spain saw 8,500 new cases over the weekend; an all-inclusive resort in Majorca was shutdown and two towns north of Madrid have been put under strict lockdown