In Case You Didn’t Follow the News — Here’s What Happened During the 2nd Week of October

Cases Still Rising

Last week was an eventful one, to say the least. The world pandemic is far from slowing; according to the WHO, last week saw the biggest one-day increase ever. Overall, 1 in 10 people is estimated to have had the virus. 

Not surprisingly, some countries are experiencing record numbers. France, for example, reached an astounding 27,000 new infections in 24 hours, the Czech Republic was on the verge of a second lockdown, and England’s cases had more than doubled from the previous week. Portugal’s infections were also rising, Spain imposed a state of emergency in Madrid, and the Netherlands were discussing new measures to contain the disease. 

While Europe as a whole isn’t doing too good, though, they’re not the only continent struggling.

In Asia, Russia broke all domestic records for three consecutive days, and India’s cases kept rising and approached the 7 million mark — although the contagion pace slowed down. The US, on the other hand, had more than 50k cases a day, and even Canada broke a new daily record

About the Disease

The good news is that every week that passes, we know more about COVID-19. Research has finally started to outline how this epidemic might play out in the future – and people have started to call for dedicated policies. The IMF and the World Bank, in particular, have been accused of not acting fast enough in the past, and have been called to take swifter actions now. 

We also have a clearer idea of how the disease is transmitted — although even in this case, policies are lagging. As more and more evidence seems to point at the fact that COVID-19 is spread through airborne particles as well as droplets and transmission patterns are more widely understood, some nations have different priorities. The CDC, for example, was barred from requiring masks on public transport – and most of the international policies on contagion avoidance are well behind the science

The Good News

On the bright side, all this newly acquired understanding has brought us leaps forward in the fight against the virus. New vaccines are being developed continuously, and last week was no exception; China, moreover, endorsed the effort for a global vaccine – and their national experimental vaccine seems safe

Testing might also become available to most. A global partnership has been issued, vowing to bring 120 million rapid tests to low- and middle-income countries. That’s good news because these countries will be the most vulnerable to the wave of extreme poverty expected by the World Bank thanks to the coronavirus. 

All in all, nations are having a strong response to the pandemic — and in some cases, it shows. China, after the outbreak, is successfully containing the virus. New Zealand is also having an outstanding response — with pictures in stadiums to show. Finally, regardless of the rise in overall cases, COVID-19 deaths seem to be lower worldwide.

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