A surge in novel coronavirus infections in Europe is forcing some of the continent’s biggest economies to clamp down on their populations, a sign of how the region is becoming an epicenter of the global crisis.

Over the weekend Spain ordered an Italy-like lockdown that bars people from leaving their homes without a valid excuse. France closed down restaurants, bars and all nonessential shops. Faced with an influx of French shoppers, Germany closed its borders with France and a host of other countries.

Read More