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Europe tried a scalpel on the second wave. Now it's going back to the sledgehammer

October 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

When the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic started to emerge over the summer, Europe's leaders pulled out out the scalpel, launching local lockdowns in an attempt to squash the outbreak before it gets out of countrol. It didn't work. Now they're bringing back the sledgehammer.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the local measures imposed on a number of major cities including Paris over the past few weeks were "not working anymore" and that a national lockdown was needed.

Macron's speech came just hours after Germany also gave up on local lockdowns, announcing a nationwide stay-at-home order starting next Monday after regional restrictions in major cities including Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart and a partial lockdown in the state of Bavaria failed to slow down the spread of the virus.

Professor Igor Rudan, the joint director of the Centre for Global Health and World Health Organization's Collaborating Centre at the University of Edinburgh, said the measures put in place over the past two months across most of Europe were "clearly insufficient" to prevent the fast spread of the virus.

Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, British housing minister Robert Jenrick said a national lockdown is not "inevitable," adding that the government favors "taking action in places where the virus is most concentrated and avoiding some of the actions you see happening in continental Europe. "

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