A World Veering Off Course

Too many governments are “headed in the wrong direction” in their response to the pandemic, the WHO warned yesterday as the world’s cases hit a record daily high of 230,000.

Nearly 80% of the latest cases are in 10 countries; half of those cases are in the US and Brazil.

“The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, adding that mixed messages are hurting the response.

Hotspots and highlights:

  • Hong Kong, slammed by its 3rd wave, has rolled out aggressive measures in response to new restaurant-linked clusters.

  • Spain is battling more than 100 active clusters, many of them in Catalonia region, but authorities rejected a mandatory lockdown.

  • The Philippines saw cases triple after loosening up restrictions June 1; Manila’s hospitals are filling up.

  • Mexico passed Italy to become the country with the 4th highest death toll.

  • South Africa, the country with the 9th highest case count (12,058 new cases yesterday), ordered a nighttime curfew and has tightened mask requirements.

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