Not out of the woods: COVID cases rising in Western Europe

  • A man walks into a pharmacy that offers coronavirus tests Friday in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Santa won’t be getting his traditional welcome in the Dutch city of Utrecht this year. The ceremonial head of Carnival celebrations in Germany’s Cologne had to bow out because he tested positive for COVID-19. And Austria is planning a lockdown on unvaccinated people in two hard-hit regions.