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Here’s How Europe Is Reviving Lockdowns to Halt Covid Resurgence

  • Germany, Austria face dire months as hospitals fill up
  • Campaigns for booster shots underway from Italy to Norway
A Covid-19 test center in Munich, Germany.
A Covid-19 test center in Munich, Germany.Photographer: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

Europe is once again resorting to lockdowns and imposing restrictions on the unvaccinated to stem the latest wave of Covid-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm the continent’s health systems.

The situation, a dramatic reversal from just a few months ago, is turning into a race against time as hospital wards fill up and infections explode in countries like Germany and neighboring Austria. But governments are responding at different speeds and different rates of intensity, with some essentially abandoning any hope that crackdowns can be limited to the unvaccinated, while others rush to administer booster shots.