New infections are surging across Europe, especially in big cities. Is a second lockdown inevitable? Guests: Mira Fricke (DW), Martin Mair (DLF), Richard Friebe (Der Tagesspiegel)
Despite efforts to standardize information about COVID-19 threat levels in Europe, it's hard to compare data. Countries count rates of infection differently.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a lack of discipline surrounding COVID-19 had put Germany back in a "difficult" situation. She is set to meet state leaders to decide on new restrictions to curb the pandemic.
France's interior minister has warned the public to prepare for "difficult decisions" ahead of a Cabinet meeting on COVID-19. Calls are growing for tighter lockdown restrictions amid surging cases.
The German government had hoped to avoid a second virtual standstill, for the sake of the economy as well as the people. But with rapidly rising coronavirus cases, a U-turn seems likely.
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