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World Coronavirus Dispatch: Europe steps up efforts to contain pandemic

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Yuvraj Malik New Delhi
Ireland and Wales imposed stringent lockdowns and Italy’s financial centre is planning a curfew, as Europe steps up efforts to regain control of the coronavirus pandemic. In Germany, tensions rose with parliamentary leaders sparring with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration over efforts to contain the spread of the disease. New cases in Europe’s largest economy rose to a record on Tuesday, and the first German region imposed stringent constraints. 

After leaders vowed to steer away from harsh lockdowns to protect the economy, Europe is reviving the measures in some areas. Piecemeal curbs have made little impact in slowing the disease, which has

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First Published: Oct 20 2020 | 4:08 PM IST

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