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European Leaders Driven to New Lockdowns by Surge in Virus

  • Johnson will try to reassure MPs England curbs time-limited
  • Italy’s Conte faces pushback from regions on tougher measures
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WATCH: Large swathes of Europe enter lockdown this week.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Large swathes of Europe enter lockdown this week, with England joining nations from Austria to Greece in concluding that tougher action is needed to stop the coronavirus spreading out of control.

Over the summer, leaders attempted to strike a balance between protecting public health and fostering an economic recovery. But in a region which has seen more than 220,000 deaths from Covid-19, their hands have been forced by the sheer number of infections, with a winter peak threatening to be even worse than the initial wave in the spring.