RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Spain was the exception during the month of August. Covid-19 infections were growing gradually but steadily, while the rest of Europe watched its southern neighbor with concern. In fact, the incidence began to rise in late July, when cases were two to three times higher than in France or Germany. But they were still not many; the situation seemed manageable.
By late August, Spain was alone. With the curve rising, the country was clearly experiencing a second wave, different from the first, but also disturbing. It was a matter of time before the rest of . . .