Europe grapples with lockdown backlash

The most recent wave of coronavirus instructions hitting major European countries like Germany, France and Britain comes with rising infections and intensive care units filling up.

But it's also coming with rising political opposition.

Britain is an example. It has over 46,000 dead -- the highest death official toll in Europe -- and around 20,000 new infections every day.

It's also re-entering a national lockdown starting Thursday (November 5) -- one almost as severe as the one it faced earlier this year.

While some - like opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer question why these curbs weren't brought in sooner - another political figure has announced his opposition.

Nigel Farage - a leading Brexit supporter and friend of U.S. President Donald Trump - said Johnson had - quote - 'terrified' the UK into submission to accept a lockdown.

On Sunday (November 1), he announced a rebrand to his Brexit Party - which will now be known as Reform UK - and it will now focus on opposing lockdown.

It is not clear how popular Farage's argument is within the wider population, but his opposition to new restrictions is reflected elsewhere in Europe.

In Italy there was violence at protests in Milan and Turin last week against new curbs.

Both France and Germany went back into lockdown last week, too.

On announcing new restrictions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised populists who argue that coronavirus is harmless as dangerous and irresponsible.

"Lies and disinformation, conspiracy theories and hate, damage not only democratic debate but also the fight against the virus."

Across the continent police are continuing to crack down on illegal gatherings such as large parties.

The challenge for national governments isn't just fighting the virus, but convincing others the benefits of restrictions outweigh the cost.