Throughout August, the British government subsidized diners up to £10 per person to encourage the public to patronize restaurants. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Boris Johnson’s response is likely to blame for the country’s record-high case counts.
After a relatively quiet summer, the United Kingdom is now suffering a new onslaught of Covid-19. Where the seven-day rolling average for much of the summer was regularly below 1,000 cases a day, it began increasing in September, and by October 5, the new average had reached 15,505. The counts are complicated by test shortages and changes in the way cases are counted, but it’s clear the country is going through a serious second wave.
None of this was supposed to happen.
Last year, before Covid-19 hit, the Global Health Security Index judged the preparedness of countries around the world to prevent new infectious diseases from coming in,
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