In Rome this week, people waited in line for 8-10 hours to get tested, while front-line medics from Kiev to Paris found themselves once again pulling long, short-staffed shifts in overcrowded wards.
“When the state of alarm was abandoned, it was time to invest in prevention, but that hasn’t been done,” lamented Margarita del Val, viral immunology expert with the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, part of Spain’s top research body, CSIC.
“We are in the fall wave without having resolved the summer wave,” she told an online forum this week.
Tensions are rising in cities where new restrictions have been reimposed, with hundreds of Romanian hospitality workers protesting this week after Bucharest once again shut down the capital’s indoor restaurants, theaters and dance venues.
For a growing number of Europeans, they are making it clear that they are experiencing "pandemic fatigue" as many grow weary and frustrated.
“We were closed for six months, the restaurants didn’t work and yet the number of cases still rose,” said Moaghin Marius Ciprian, Owner of the popular Grivita Pub n Grill who took part in the protest.
“I'm not a specialist but I'm not stupid either. But from my point of view it’s not us that have the responsibility for this pandemic.”
The second wave of coronavirus cases has triggered a rise in Covid-19 cases across many European countries, some — including Belgium, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain and France — are diagnosing more new cases every day per capita than the United States, according to the seven-day rolling averages of data kept by Johns Hopkins University.
On Friday, France, with a population of about 70 million, reported a record 20,300 new infections.