Madrid Desk, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Coronavirus outbreaks continue to rise in Europe, with Spain and Germany detecting their highest daily figures in the last three months.
Spanish health authorities on Wednesday said a total of 3,715 coronavirus cases had been logged in the last 24 hours, the highest daily increase since the end of May, adding that 131 people had died from Covid-19 in the last week.
The new jump in cases brings Spain’s running total since the pandemic began to 370,867, making it the worst affected country in Europe in terms of infection numbers. Almost 28,000 people have died from the virus in Spain overall.
The majority of the cases detected Tuesday were reported from the capital Madrid, which accounted for some 41 percent of the national total in the last 24 hours, a total of 1,535.
The Spanish government on Wednesday called for the “utmost rigour” in applying additional coronavirus prevention measures.
Madrid is due to follow several other Spanish regions in adopting smoking bans in public when social distancing cannot be observed as well as limiting restaurant opening hours and nightlife.
Other European nations are becoming weary of Spain as infection numbers rise.
Belgian virologist Steven Van Gucht on Wednesday advised the citizens of this country not to travel to Spain, saying that the measures being applied to contain a second massive wave of coronavirus are not strict enough.