Is Madrid leading Spain and Europe into a Covid second wave?

  • Madrid’s health system coming ‘under severe strain’ as cases grow and Europe looks on

Coronavirus outbreaks in Madrid are driving the country towards a second wave of infections amid fears across Europe over climbing caseloads.

Spain’s surge in new cases is a growing concern for the continent at a crucial time with the arrival of autumn and the reopening of schools and busier workplaces.

There are already fears that the Madrid region is on the cusp of a destructive second wave – one that could easily be extended around the rest of Spain – and potentially its neighbours – due to the capital’s role as a transport and socioeconomic hub.

According to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Spain has accumulated more than 103,000 confirmed cases over the past two weeks, compared to 62,000 in France, the only other European country that comes close.