France, Spain and Greece were among the European countries to record marked increases in new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, fuelling fears of a second spike in infections during the holiday season.
France added another 1,695 new cases within 24 hours, its highest number of daily coronavirus infections in more than two months, taking the total to 228,576.
In Spain, there were a further 1,772 infections during a 24-hour period, pushing the country’s total number of cases to 305,767.
Meanwhile in Greece, an additional 124 cases were detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 4,973.
Coronavirus cases have been on the rise since countries began to ease lockdown restrictions that sent the global economy into a tailspin.
As governments try to ease the economic damage caused by the pandemic, social-distancing measures designed to curb the virus are becoming harder to enforce.