Europe is looking beyond omicron despite wall of infections

Germany, France and Italy reported almost 800,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, showing the restrictions that have dominated daily life for the past two years are having little effect in slowing omicron.

Customers at a restaurant in Berlin on Jan. 14, 2022. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi.

With curbs looking porous, or even futile, in the face of the highly transmissible strain, European governments are calling for fresh approaches to Covid-19. Some want to treat the virus as an endemic, rather than pandemic, problem.

The urge for that is growing as vaccinated people -- the overwhelming majority in the region -- seek to get on with their lives and omicron inflicts a generally milder illness than previous variants...

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