Magazine November 16, 2020, Issue

Europe’s Vanishing COVID ‘Success’

Members of the Czech army set up equipment and beds in a COVID-19 field hospital, October 22. (Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)
The best policies are not self-evident

In the Czech Republic, the government is building emergency field hospitals out of fear that the health-care system will be overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. With new reported cases exceeding 15,000 a day at the end of October, the Czechs were suffering the highest per capita infection rate in the world except for tiny Andorra. France reached the landmark of more than 1 million new cases after President Emmanuel Macron declared a new national emergency and imposed a nationwide curfew; Spain saw more than 1 million new cases, too, and imposed similar measures. Italy, Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom have

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