A country’s actions can determine whether a coronavirus surge takes hold

October 08, 2020

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A doctor is shown looking directly into the camera and wearing goggles, a face mask and a face shield.

Dr. Oleh Hornostayev walks through a corridor at the hospital in Stryi, Ukraine, Sept. 29, 2020. Coronavirus infections in Ukraine began surging in late summer, and the ripples are hitting towns in the western part of the country.


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