As infection-rates rise sharply across Europe, several countries have reimposed measures to tackle the pandemic. But the restrictions have also triggered a wave of new protests.
In Brussels thousands of people have rallied against the regulations and a possible vaccine mandate. There have also been demonstrations in other European countries – including Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia.
Despite these demonstrations, governments are looking at curbing the fourth wave with lockdowns and restrictions. Coronavirus cases are seemingly out of control in some countries here in Europe. But huge differences exist in infection rates across the continent.
Spain and Italy, two countries hit hard at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, are coping with this latest coronavirus wave relatively well. It’s a very different picture here in Germany or neighboring Austria, where a national lockdown begins on Monday. The WHO has warned Europe to act fast to avoid hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths.
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