Whereas the Asia-Pacific area treads water till a coronavirus vaccine is discovered, the West’s largest economies are drowning as a second wave firmly establishes itself in Europe.
Europe is now reporting extra every day infections than the US, Brazil, or India — the international locations which have been driving the worldwide case rely for months — as public apathy grows in direction of coronavirus tips. A number of international locations are seeing an infection charges spiral once more after a summer season lull that noticed measures to comprise the virus and journey restrictions relaxed.
In the UK, for instance, questions are being asked about whether or not Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s determination to carry the nation’s lockdown in June was untimely. Northern England’s present excessive charges of Covid-19 are right down to the truth that infections “by no means dropped as far in the summertime as they did within the south,” Jonathan Van-Tam, Britain’s deputy chief medical officer, told a press conference on Monday.
It’s simply the most recent drawback to beset Britain’s slapdash pandemic response. There at the moment are extra sufferers in hospital with Covid-19 in England than there have been in March, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, in response to Johnson and well being officers.
France and the Netherlands broke their own records over the weekend, reporting the very best numbers of confirmed Covid-19 circumstances for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
Within the US, there have been extra new constructive circumstances within the White Home on October 2 than in the entire of Taiwan, after President Donald Trump grew to become the second G7 chief (after Johnson) to check constructive for Covid-19. Regardless of his sickness, Trump has continued to downplay the severity of the virus and probably endanger the well being of these round him, holding a marketing campaign rally on Monday.
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