Global: “With Coronavirus Spreading, It’s a Bizarre Time to Open Nightclubs”

Europe has been praised for keeping the pandemic in check while reopening its economy. Unlike in the U.S., a combination of responsible individual behavior and smart public policy has delayed a resurgence of the new coronavirus.

However, economies and citizens can only take so much of closures and extreme social distancing. From Germany to Greece, an increase in new cases is threatening to turn into a more serious second wave of Covid-19. Some of this is inevitable as shops and businesses reopen, and the younger profile of the newly infected means the latest cases have been less serious. But Europe can’t afford to let the pandemic overwhelm its hospitals, especially in the autumn and winter when more of life is forced indoors.