As a second wave of coronavirus infections takes hold in Europe, the continent’s governments are determined to avoid large-scale blockades and instead seek less disruptive ways to live with the new disease.
France and Spain are on the verge of a resurgence of Covid-19 cases across Europe in the wake of the summer travel season, in some cases reaching incidence levels on par with those in the United States.
In response, authorities are taking tailored and localized measures to combat outbreaks, urging citizens to protect themselves and others by behaving cautiously.
This marks a contrast to the sweeping blockades imposed when Covid-19 first hit Europe earlier this year. Those moves ultimately contained the spread of the virus, but brought the region̵
The new wave of infections is concentrated among young people. Most of those who have tested positive in the past few weeks have no or only mild symptoms. Health experts warn that the pandemic could become more dangerous in the winter as people spend more time indoors.