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Nurses and other health care workers in New York mourned colleagues who have died during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus deaths in San Francisco vs. New York: What causes such big differences in cities’ tolls?

Why one city suffers significantly more deaths than another isn't always obvious. A simple experiment shows how failing to consider certain factors can point policy makers in the wrong direction.
New research hints at why Germany’s death toll from COVID-19 was relatively low while Italy’s and America’s spiked. Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the German Federal Parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin. Germany has managed the coronavirus crisis more successfully than its neighbours. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Why women leaders are excelling during the coronavirus pandemic

Female leaders have shone in the response to the coronavirus pandemic but is there more to it than simply having women in charge?
In the rural South, chronic illnesses are common, the population is older and health care options have been declining as hospitals close. All put the population at higher risk from COVID-19. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Coronavirus is spreading through rural South’s high-risk population – reopening economies will make it worse

Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.
California is working with Oregon and Washington on coordinated plans for phasing in the reopening of restaurants, stores and other parts of their economies in a way that can keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay. Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan for states to reopen their economies

How and when the US economy reopens will look different state to state, and for good reasons. This Q&A explains why, and why some states are working together.
Joe and Jill Biden address the press the evening of the Idaho, Missouri, Michigan, Washington, Mississippi and North Dakota primaries. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Biden’s win shows the power of Democratic moderates

It is becoming clear that this election season, the Democratic Party will likely adopt a center-left agenda.
Electoral commission officers count votes after the polls were closed during the 2019 General elections. Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria: why having fewer political parties isn’t enough

Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission recently deregistered some political parties, leading to debates over whether this was a step in the right direction.

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