British officials said Monday that COVID-19 infection rates were heading “in the wrong direction.” The warning came as governments across Europe re-impose tougher measures to try to stem new outbreaks of the coronavirus.

The U.K. government’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said Monday that the infection rates across Britain had, “in a bad sense, literally turned a corner.”

Chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance warned, meanwhile, that if nothing is done to curb the spread of the virus, new infections could rise to nearly 50,000 daily by mid-October — up from nearly 4,400 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

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