Spain reported around 26,000 new coronavirus infections over the weekend making its total amount of COVID-19 cases more than 500,000 on Monday.
It is now the first country in Western Europe to surpass this number.
According to Voice of America, experts believe the sudden rise in the infection is due to Spain’s “highly social culture.”
According to an Axios report, European countries fear a second wave will be upon them as COVID-19 cases rise recently.
France and the UK also observed spikes in the COVID-19 cases in their own countries.
In fact, as per a Reuters report, hospitalization has been on the rise in France recently.
Last week, France reported almost 9,000 new COVID-19 cases in the country.
The number is higher compared to March when France was still in lockdown and coronavirus was still at its first peak in the country.
In the UK, the numbers are also becoming a great concern for its top health experts.
Currently, there are now more than 300,000 confirmed cases in the country and more than 40,000 deaths due to the coronavirus.
However, according to these countries in Europe, the rise in the number of cases is also due to increased testing.
Spain is one of the countries in Europe that imposed stringent lockdowns in March during the peak of the pandemic in Europe.
Parents Refuse To Send Their Kids To School
Schools in Spain are set to reopen this month, at the same time, COVID-19 cases in the country are rising.
Because of this, many parents are refusing to send their kids to school.
“You have your whole life to learn,” says Aroa Miranda, a mother of two boys, as per an AFP report.
However, “if you lose your health, that’s it,” she added.
Miranda, along with other parents in Spain risk the threat of sanctions of not sending their kids to school.
Last month, the country’s education and health ministers announced the safety measures for schools to follow.
Some of these measures require students ages six and above to wear masks and follow social distancing.
However, these measures did not lessen some parents’ worries.
It’s like being treated as an “experiment,” Miranda said, as per AFP.
Miranda pointed out that people are not allowed to meet with “more than 10 people” in their houses.
“I don’t understand why my son has to be in class with 25 children,” she said.