Covid’s second coming: how did Britain get back in this mess?

Some nations have suppressed the virus. Others have stabilised their outbreaks. In the UK, infections are soaring again. Why?

It is the kind of scene that is now a distant memory in the UK. Some 6,000 miles away, Taipei’s Pawnshop club is crammed every Friday and Saturday evening with sweaty crowds dancing under wreaths of smoke, and jostling each other at the bar for drinks.

Here, the only reminders of coronavirus are on the door, where punters have their temperatures checked and scan a QR code to enter their contact details.

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