The Preexisting Conditions That Doomed Britain’s COVID-19 Response

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, London, Sept. 30, 2020 (AP photo by Alastair Grant).
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, London, Sept. 30, 2020 (AP photo by Alastair Grant).

This week, the United Kingdom recorded more than 7,000 new coronavirus cases and 71 fatalities. That’s the country’s highest single-day increase in new cases yet, and its biggest one-day death toll since July. It’s all part of an ongoing COVID-19 resurgence that Britain has been experiencing since early September. In response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has tightened lockdown measures in the country’s coronavirus hot spots. The U.K. has been one of the hardest-hit countries, with the fifth-largest death toll from COVID-19 in the world. Tom McTague, a London-based staff writer for The Atlantic, recently wrote that Britain’s key institutions […]

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