just going to leave these charts here.

Cases per 100,000 people over past two weeks in Western/Scandi European countries and UK

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And no, it's not just differences in case ascertainment. Here are deaths over previous 2 weeks (corresponding to cases earlier in September)

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data from https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/data-daily-new-cases-covid-19-eueea-country