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Ferdinando Giugliano

From Leicester to Lisbon, Coronavirus Outbreaks Follow a Pattern

The Covid-19 epidemic is no longer the ‘great leveler’ it seemed to be during the spring.

Leicester became the first place in England to face a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.

Leicester became the first place in England to face a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.

Photographer: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

The first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic hit especially hard in the most affluent cities of Europe, including Paris, London, Madrid and Milan. The virus seemed to be a “great leveler” that did not distinguish between the rich and the poor.

The continent’s latest string of outbreaks appears very different. Most flare-ups are now occurring in some of Europe’s most deprived neighborhoods, often those inhabited by minorities or immigrants who work in low-paid jobs that are crucial to buttressing the economy.