The picture across Europe as coronavirus cases increase
Spain is the largest country in Europe to continue to record the clearest evidence of a steady increase in new coronavirus cases – though other countries in western Europe are beginning to show a similar pattern, albeit at a lower level.
Over the past four weeks, the weekly rate of new confirmed cases in Spain has risen steadily, from 13.5 per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 17 to 25.9, 34.3 and most recently 55.1 in the seven days to August 7.
The rate is now roughly half the level it was at peak of the outbreak, when nearly 120 new cases per 100,000 people were being recorded weekly in late March.
In France, the seven-day rate for the past four weeks is still well below that of Spain, but it has increased from 5.6 to 8.3, then 10.7 and 13.5.
Unlike Spain, France remains on the list of countries from which people do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK.
Belgium was taken off the list last week, and the latest numbers suggest the country is experiencing a similar rise to Spain.
Over the past four weeks, its seven-day rate of new confirmed cases has jumped from 10.0 per 100,000 people to 17.9, 30.7 and 35.5.
Figures have been calculated by PA news using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.