France and Italy imposed nationwide lockdowns ahead of the Easter weekend as a surge of cases threatened to overwhelm intensive care units once again. Germany's government ditched plans for national Easter lockdown just a day after it was announced in late March amid public backlash.Daily new Covid cases in France have ballooned in a matter of weeks.
Over a year after the coronavirus first hit Europe, much of the continent spent Easter — usually a major holiday in the region — in lockdown as it grapples with a third wave of virus infections. "It is just a big mess. Everyone is frustrated with the government,"
Hannah Weiler, a medical student in Cologne, Germany, told CNBC.
Germany's government ditched plans for national Easter lockdown just a day after it was announced in late March, leaving measures up to the country's 16 federal states instead, amid backlash from the public. But Chancellor Angela Merkel urged residents to stay home over the long weekend. "Germany is a prime example of absurdity,"
Weiler said. "All 16 federal states do their own thing and the government appears unable to come up with a clear strategy." Post too long. Click here to view the full text.