Friday, 27 Nov 2020

Afflicted by pandemic fatigue, Europeans challenge inconsistent Covid-19 restrictions

BERLIN – Anxious to avoid another lockdown, European politicians are struggling on two fronts. On the one hand the public is showing increasing signs of so-called Covid-19 fatigue and is questioning restrictions. On the other hand, an intense debate has set in over what political system is best equipped to fight a global disease – a federal or a centralised one.

In a recent survey the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that member states across Europe are experiencing exhaustion over the measures to fight the pandemic, sometimes amounting to 60 per cent of their populations. Although seen as a natural reaction to the prolonged nature of the crisis, “it poses a serious threat to efforts to control the spread of the virus”, the WHO says.

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