A sudden surge in new cases in parts of Europe is imperiling the continent's progress in containing the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The big picture: Young people are going to bars and ignoring social-distancing rules, as authorities decry what they view as a lack of concern for older generations to whom the virus poses more risk, WSJ writes.
What's happening: Health authorities said the incidence rate for coronavirus in France between July 20 and July 25 for people age 20-29 was at 19.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 9.7 per 100,000 for the population as a whole.
- The median age for new infections in Italy dropped to around 40 over the past month, compared to over 60 during the lockdown in April.
- People between ages 15 and 29 made up more than 27% of Spain's cases in July, compared to 6% at the end of March.
The bottom line: The uptick among young people catching the virus has lead to an overall spike in the number of new cases in some countries.
- Germany has been recording around 900 new cases daily since last week, compared to its average of about 300 in April.
- France has reported more than a thousand daily cases, while Spain reports more than 2,000 new cases a day.