Global Cases Top 200,000

As COVID-19 continues its worldwide attack, few pockets remain untouched. Here's a grim, global tour:

South-East Asia
WHO is calling for ramped-up response as COVID-19 spreads to 8 of the 11 countries in the region, and more countries head towards community transmission. Adding to challenges, millions of poor and homeless people across Asia face a heightened risk of contracting the virus, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
 
Africa
The pandemic is moving relatively slowly in Africa, but cases are climbing steadily—reaching 410 across 30 countries, The New York Times reports. Several countries have enacted travel bans from Europe and the US—but social distancing is not yet the norm.
 
The Americas
West Virginia reported its first case, meaning COVID-19 has now reached all 50 US states, with 5,600 cases total, NPR reports.
 
With 940+ cases across South America, governments are tightening restrictions—including a nationwide quarantine announced by Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro; the country’s collapsed health system and doctor shortage is cause for grave concern.
 
In Mexico, COVID-19 is sure to test a recent overhaul of the medical system, Americas Quarterly reports.
 
Middle East
Iran remains one of the worst-affected countries anywhere, as detailed by TIME. While it appears the virus has not gained as a strong foothold elsewhere in the region, there’s a troubling lack of information-sharing from countries, WHO warned—and official case counts may be underestimating its spread,Reuters reports.
 
Europe
The European Union took its most drastic steps yet to contain the virus, imposing a 30-day lockdown on non-essential travel for EU citizens—with some exceptions, NPR Goats and Soda reports. Rights groups are urging European governments to do more to protect migrants and refugees from the pandemic—from ending deportations to making soap and hot water available. NGOs are preparing for dire staffing shortages, The Guardian reports. Europe has 76,000+ confirmed cases; 3,000+ have died.

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