An ICU nurse attends to COVID patient in the Clinic for Infectious Diseases during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic [Visar Kryeziu/The Associated Press]

Why are cases rising?

As coronavirus infection rates rise across Europe again, experts are concerned another major outbreak, or so-called second wave, is around the corner.

The rise comes after a period of unprecedented lockdown during the first wave, which helped reduce cases and the death rate across the continent.

Linda Bauld, behavioural scientist and professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, said the relaxing of lockdown measures across Europe has contributed to the spike.

“Because the virus was not eliminated from Europe – it was suppressed – when you release lockdown, the virus spreads. The message then from

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