Thursday August 13, 2020

Comment: Parts of US are on same pandemic path as developing world

Covid-19 is sweeping through developing countries, many of which lack the resources to stay locked down while the virus is spreading, but the US has no such excuse for allowing the crisis to spiral out of control

2nd July, 2020
A beach-goer at Miami Beach, Florida, where a mandate to wear face masks in public spaces went into effect this week. Cases in Florida are doubling at a rate below 19 days. Picture: Johnny Louis/Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic arrived in waves, starting in Asia, where it quickly spread from mainland China to South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

These governments all reacted quickly with aggressive tracking, tracing and containment programmes, and China induced a massive but short-lived economic contraction to stop the virus more or less in its tracks.

Meanwhile, a second wave, now in its middle to late stages, has swept mostly through the developed economies of Europe, North...

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