Coronavirus: why are Western countries like the US and Britain still not learning from Asia’s success?

Coronavirus: why are Western countries like the US and Britain still not learning from Asia’s success?

While the French and English are barred from leaving their homes except for essential work, medical reasons, grocery shopping and exercise, South Koreans frequent restaurants, sing karaoke and drink at bars.

As the United States watches daily Covid-19 cases near 200,000, Vietnam reports infections in the single digits.

And as one Western country after another struggles to recover from its worst recession on record, Taiwan expects to exit 2020 without experiencing any economic contraction at all.

After failing to handle the initial stages of the pandemic as well as many of their East Asian peers, Western authorities are again struggling to handle the virus as it returns in its second wave, seemingly resigning themselves to soaring cases or imposing lockdowns they had previously ruled out due to their heavy economic and social costs.