Covid-19 testing

Europe’s second covid-19 wave is here but is it bigger than the first?

Covid-19 testing in Strasbourg, France

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In Europe, the long-predicted second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is now well under way. Several countries are reporting more daily covid-19 cases than they did during the first wave in March, though the higher numbers may be due to more people being tested.

“In some member states, the situation is now even worse than in the peak during March,” said Stella Kyriakides, the European Union’s commissioner for health and food safety, on 24 September. “This is a real cause for concern.”

Spain, the Czech Republic, France and the Netherlands are reporting …