Washington Post

The U.S. and Europe are losing the coronavirus battle

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President Donald Trump's White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, made a telling admission. "We're not going to control the pandemic," Meadows said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," suggesting that the spread of the coronavirus was a fait accompli and that containment was not a central plank of the White House's strategy. On Friday, the United States recorded a record single-day high of more than 83,000 new cases. The next day, it was just 39 cases short of the previous mark.

That's in part a reflection of a far more expanded testing regime in place than when America first reeled under the spread of the virus in March and April. But it is also evidence of an autumnal surge in the virus that's buffeting both sides of the Atlantic...

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