Europe’s citizens are paying for their leaders’ late reaction to the coronavirus outbreak with their personal freedom. Their governments could have learned from Singapore.

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The coronavirus outbreak has turned the world upside down. Democratic and “free” European countries such as Austria have locked up their citizens and consider tracking their phones while, ironically, citizens in “unfree” Asian states like Singapore enjoy more freedom than in any Western European in the last few weeks.

Despite its economic and geographic links to China, Singapore has managed to keep virus numbers low and public life almost unaffected. Europe could have learned from that.

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