The new wave of infections is concentrated among younger people. Most of those testing positive in recent weeks have no or only mild symptoms. Health experts caution that the pandemic could turn more dangerous in the winter, as people spend more time indoors.
Still, politicians are largely ruling out new lockdowns.
‚ÄúAt most‚ÄĒif things go badly‚ÄĒwe might need to intervene with targeted, restrictive measures in very limited parts of the country,‚ÄĚ said Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. His country had one of the most stringent lockdowns this spring, which included shutting down much of industry....
"When anyone is overcome by horror and repugnance in the presence of a sick person he should take courage and strength in the firm assurance that it is the devil who stirs up such abhorrence, fear, and loathing in his heart. He is such a bitter, knavish devil that he not only unceasingly tries to slay and kill, but also takes delight in making us deathly afraid, worried, and apprehensive so that we should regard dying as horrible and have no rest or peace all through our life. And so the devil would excrete us out of this life as he tries to make us despair of God, become unwilling and unprepared to die, and, under the stormy and dark sky of fear and anxiety, make us forget and lose Christ, our light and life, and desert our neighbor in his troubles. We would sin thereby against God and man; that would be the devil‚Äôs glory and delight. Because we know that it is the devil‚Äôs game to induce such fear and dread, we should in turn minimize it, take such courage as to spite and annoy him, and send those terrors right back to him. And we should arm ourselves with this answer to the devil. ‚ÄúGet away, you devil, with your terrors! Just because you hate it, I‚Äôll spite you by going the more quickly to help my sick neighbor" (M. Luther on Deadly Plagues)