Europe Overtakes Latin America As Region With Most COVID-19 Cases; Some Countries Reinstate Lockdowns As Cases Rise Again

Devex: Latin America no longer region with most COVID-19 cases
“The world region with the highest COVID-19 caseload is no longer Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa Etienne announced Wednesday. A resurgence of the disease in Europe means it has overtaken the Americas, which had led in the number of coronavirus cases for months…” (Welsh, 10/22).

Washington Post: Why countries are resorting to pandemic lockdowns again
“The lockdowns are back. On Thursday, Ireland is set to become the first country in Europe to impose a second national lockdown as cases of the novel coronavirus surge once again. … The return of lockdowns highlights an uncomfortable reality: Despite significant medical advances in the treatment of covid-19 and an unprecedented race to find a vaccine to beat the virus, the only proven measures to stop its rampant spread as of yet are crude, perhaps draconian limits on human interaction…” (Taylor, 10/22).

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