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Europe Can’t Shake Off Covid as Variant Fuels Summer Spike

New wave of cases is being driven by omicron subvariant BA.5

A tourist bus passes a Covid-19 testing tent on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France.

A tourist bus passes a Covid-19 testing tent on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France.

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It was supposed to be a post-Covid-19 summer in Europe. Masks are gone in most places, and vacation season is in full swing as workers rush for the beaches and cities they missed in the two years marked by the pandemic. But instead, the reality confronting people is that the virus never went away.