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Lionel Laurent

Is the Worst of the Coronavirus Behind Us Now?

Fears of a flare-up in virus cases after lockdown haven’t come to pass, though some caution is warranted.

Not quite normality, but we’re getting there.

Not quite normality, but we’re getting there.

Photographer: NurPhoto via Getty Images

The story of Covid-19 has been pretty bleak, from the scale of the novel coronavirus’s death toll to the pain of draconian lockdowns imposed by, in many cases, unprepared and under-resourced governments.

But several weeks after the tentative lifting of tough stay-at-home restrictions in several major European countries, there are reasons to be optimistic about the risk of a second wave of cases — with a dose of appropriate caution.