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The new wave is reality in Europe and the maps show it

The first week of July the coronavirus was once again increasing in incidence in Spain. Contagions were growing strongly in Catalonia, Castilla y León, Cantabria and Navarra, with a cumulative incidence in the first case of more than 700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days, and above 400 the last.

A new wave of infections was approaching Europe through the Iberian Peninsula, after in early June the United Kingdom was alerted to a new expansion of the virus caused for the Delta variant, between 30% and 60% more transmissible than the original strain.

Maps from July 1 and July 22 showing how coronavirus cases have been increasing on the continent.  (ECDC)

Maps from July 1 and July 22 that show how coronavirus cases have been increasing on the continent. (ECDC)

But although an increasing number of positives began to register in communities such as Catalonia, especially since the beginning of July, the maps of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC, for its acronym in English) show that the spread of this new wave it is already spread throughout Europe.

The european map has been staining red and yellow as the month of July progressed. With data from July 22, Cyprus is at the forefront in infections, according to this center, with an incidence of more than 1,400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the Netherlands follows with more than 670, in the last 14 days.

After them, Spain is the third country with the highest cumulative incidence (624), followed by Portugal (407), Malta (379), Greece (292), Luxembourg (276) and Ireland (205). In total, in the 30 countries monitored by the European center, the incidence is 151 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 14 days, with more than 740,000 deaths in the last week.

In just 3 weeks in July, Spain has gone from a cumulative incidence to 14 days of 134 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on day 1 to 659 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on day 22, with more than 312,000 infections diagnosed in the last two weeks and with Catalonia in the lead (94,600), which exceeds an incidence of 1,200 cases per 100,000 population. A situation similar to that experienced by other nations on the continent.

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The rebound in infections is marked on the continent.  (Photo By Rosa Veiga / Europa Press via Getty Images)The rebound in infections is marked on the continent.  (Photo By Rosa Veiga / Europa Press via Getty Images)

The rebound in infections is marked on the continent. (Photo By Rosa Veiga / Europa Press via .)

Europe faces a new spike in contagion, mainly starring by the youngest population in the middle of a vaccination campaign that started limply but has picked up speed in most of the European countries.

Thus, despite its high incidence, Malta has more than 82% of its population with the complete schedule, Portugal or Cyprus 49% and the Netherlands 46%, while 54% of Spaniards have already received both doses, according to data from Our World in Data.

In June the alarms began to sound with cases such as that of infected students in a macro shoot in Mallorca and currently it is possible to confirm a new peak of infections characterized, of course, by lower mortality as a result of the progressive vaccination of the most vulnerable.

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