More coronavirus outbreaks will come this winter but Europe will avoid ‘horror’ of a second wave

A TOP virus expert says Europe should brace itself for more Covid-19 outbreaks — but it will avoid the "horror" of a second wave. 

Dr Sergio Brusin, from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said the "horrible scenes" and deaths witnessed by the first wave might not happen again.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Dr Brusin, principle expert at European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said: "The resurgence in cases will go for quite a few months.

"[But] it will probably never get to the same level as the first big wave in Spring.

"Although we've seen hospitalisations going up in some countries it is not anywhere near to the situation in March and April. 

"The ICUs are not clogged and our health services now have much better planning and response times. 

"So, I am optimistic we will not see the big horrible scenes we saw in March and April, but we will see a lot more cases."

This time around there is social distancing and the ability of countries to react to local outbreaks and he thinks it is unlikely to be a repeat "of the big national lockdowns".

Confirmed Covid-19 case numbers were up in 18 countries including the UK.

Spain is the hardest it and has overtaken the US in new daily confirmed coronavirus cases per million people, according to new figures.

The country saw a surge of over 7,000 infections  — with tourist favourites Benidorm and Majorca emerging as major hotspots.

It comes as Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called on the army to help deal with the escalating crisis.

Mr Sánchez warned the pandemic could "take control of our lives" again should the surge in cases continue into the Autumn.

The French health ministry said it had registered 5,429 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a new post-lockdown high and a level of new infections not seen since the height of the epidemic in early April.

But its government wanted to avoid a new nationwide lockdown, even as a senior adviser warned that a second wave could hit the country in November.

Meanwhile Germany may extend a ban on major events until at least the end of the year as part of a package of measures to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The ban on events such as concerts, sporting events and festivals is currently set to run out at the end of October.

Germany has managed to keep the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths relatively low compared with some other large European countries.

But the number of new daily cases has been rising since early July and has accelerated in recent weeks.

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