The European countries worst-hit by Covid-19 may already be over the peaks of their second waves thanks to draconian nation lockdowns being reinstated across the continent, data suggests. After enjoying a lull in transmission throughout the summer and early autumn – thanks to the first round of nationwide shutdowns – most European countries were hit with a tsunami of new infections in mid-September. The blitz of cases triggered a domino effect right across the continent, with nations one-by-one announcing national lockdowns in October and November, albeit shorter and less restrictive than the measures in spring. And now that the interventions have had more than a week to take effect, most of these nations are seeing infections either decreasing dramatically or flatlining. But EU countries that ignored calls for another national lockdown and instead stuck with regional Covid-19 strategies – most notably Italy and Spain – are still seeing infections rapidly rise. Belgium, which went into its second lockdown on November 2, appears to have come out the other side of its second wave. In the days leading up to the shutdown, the country was recording almost 2,000 daily infections per million people, which was the highest on the continent. But… Read full this story
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