Summary

After a year of loss, lockdown, and grinding economic adversity, global populations were hoping that 2021 would bring back some semblance of normalcy. However – and predictably – a slow global vaccine rollout has conspired with lockdown fatigue and rampant variants to make 2021 appear a lot like the previous year. And as we enter the fourth month of 2021, the policy conversation in many developed countries is less about getting back to normal and more about when the next inevitable lockdown will come down.

Here are some countries grappling with newly resurgent COVID-19 outbreaks: