It would be an exaggeration to say that the anxiety gripping Europe as it confronts a second wave of the coronavirus is about to mutate into full-blooded hysteria. But the danger, previously asymptomatic, is there, bubbling beneath the surface. The frustration and anger of 450 million people who haven’t been able to live a normal life since March can only be held in check for so long.

The Continent – not to be confused in this instance with the European Union – is in a state of incipient revolt.