BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Lockdowns have been re-imposed in cities from Western Europe to the Pacific Ocean, and hospitals in America are once again overwhelmed, sounding the alarm for an even deadlier coronavirus resurgence.
The United States, whose entire 50 states partially reopened in May, is experiencing a renewed resurgence in infections, with daily new cases in the states of Florida, California and Texas breaking new records.
People sit by the roadside in Burlingame, California, the United States, July 4, 2020. (Photo by Li Jianguo/Xinhua)
Photo taken on June 20, 2020 shows a roller coaster at the reopened Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, the United States. (Photo by Lie Ma/Xinhua)
People lounge on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the United States, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)
In a statement published on June 25, WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said that 30 countries in the European region had seen increases in cumulative cases over the past two weeks, and in 11 of these countries, the accelerated transmission has led to "a very significant resurgence."
Regional governments in northern Spain re-imposed restrictions over the weekend to contain a spike in new cases, while Croatia saw a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases last week after the easing of lockdown measures and reopening of borders.
The Serbian capital of Belgrade declared a COVID-19 emergency on Friday in order to suppress a resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks, while the municipal government adopted prevention measures, including fines for not wearing masks and ban of gatherings.
People walk across a street in Barcelona, Spain, June 25, 2020. (City Hall of Barcelona/Handout via Xinhua)
People wearing face masks get on a bus in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 25, 2020. (Emica Elvedji/Pixsell/Handout via Xinhua)
People stroll along a street in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Nemanja Cabric/Xinhua)
The Australian state of Victoria announced a six-week lockdown on Tuesday in addition to the border closure of the entire country.
Tokyo, Japanese capital with a population of around 14 million, has been grappling with a resurgence of infections recently since the government lifted a nationwide state of emergency in late May.
People wearing face masks wait for the bus in Tokyo, Japan, on July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)
Photo taken on March 25, 2020 shows marks on the sofa reminding people of social distancing at a clinic in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Gui Qing/Xinhua)
Turkey has witnessed a worrying jump in infections since June 12, after the country reopened public areas on June 1. As the country continues to register over 1,000 new cases daily, the wearing of face masks in public places was made mandatory to curb the spread.
The resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic also continued in Iraq, while Iran has reintroduced some restrictions to parts of the country amid the resurgence of COVID-19 infections and fatalities.
Palestine has renewed a lockdown of the West Bank territory for five days amid a new spike in the novel coronavirus cases in the territory.
The Israeli government reimposed several restrictions, including closing gyms, bars, night clubs and event halls, as well as limiting the number of worshippers in synagogues on Monday, just weeks after relief of strict measures.
People wearing masks walk on a street in Ankara, Turkey on July 8, 2020. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua)
A man works at an oxygen refilling station in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 7, 2020. (Xinhua)
An empty restaurant is seen in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv amid the COVID-19 pandemic on July 6, 2020. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)
People wearing face masks walk beside Chitgar Lake in Tehran, Iran, July 5, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)
A Palestinian boy wearing a mask rides a bicycle on an empty street in the West Bank city of Nablus, July 4, 2020. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)■