Covid-19’s Next Target: The World’s Poor

Barring action from world leaders, the horror engulfing India could soon be mirrored in many South American, Asian, and African countries, The Guardian reports

  • “Nearly one in three (30.7%) recorded deaths from Covid-19 worldwide are now occurring in poor and lower-middle income countries – a month ago they accounted for only 9.3% of global deaths.”

India

A record 400,000+ reported cases on Saturday, buckling hospitals, Reuters reports

  • Overall, India’s cases are nearing 20 million—but that’s likely a vast undercount; the true numbers are thought to be 5-10 times higher,according to another Reuters report.

  • The peak may be near: Positive cases relative to the tests conducted fell today for the first time in at least 2 weeks.

Africa

  • Higher Covid-19 mortality is being seen in countries like Kenya (674% increase since the end of January) and Djibouti (up 550%), according to The Guardian.

  • Health experts in Africa are worried about an India scenario. “We do not have enough healthcare workers, we do not have enough oxygen,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC warned last week.

Indonesia

  • Indonesia found 2 cases of the B1617 variant first discovered in Jakarta, prompting officials to implore people not to travel for Eid. – The Straits Times

South America

  • Argentina reports that hospitals are full, as COVID-19 cases hit 3 million.Reuters

  • In Brazil, ebbing deaths and slowing hospitalizations bring a measure of relief, but experts warn the situation is still precarious. AP
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