The Next Wave is a Tidal Wave

Surging cases in Europe, the US, and Asia are pushing health systems to their breaking point, spurring dramatic measures in response:

Central Europe: American National Guard troops are heading to the Czech Republic to help out doctors; in Poland, soldiers are administering COVID-19 tests, and Warsaw has just 12 ventilators to spare. AP

Germany: Citing record daily cases of 16,700+, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a partial lockdown and warned that the health system is close to being overwhelmed. She told angry lawmakers: “Freedom isn't being able to do whatever you want. Freedom is taking responsibility.” Deutsche Welle

India: Confirmed cases have passed 8 million—making it the second worst-hit country behind the US and stirring alarm just as the Hindu festival season approaches. Scientists warn that  distancing measures are being abandoned prematurely. Al Jazeera

England: ~100,000 people are being infected with COVID-19 daily, according to Imperial College London scientists who warn the outbreak is doubling every 9 days, and “something needs to change before Christmas.” Euronews

US: ~72,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 every day over the last week, breaking records and putting the pandemic center-stage ahead of next Tuesday’s election. Axios
 
But the “tidal wave” of US cases is affecting states of all political stripes, The Washington Post reports. It cites a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia forecast published yesterday that warned COVID-19 is spreading exponentially across at least half of the states; only Hawaii will escape a rise hospitalizations over the next month.

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