Pandemic Hits Economies Hard In South Africa, Czech Republic; ASEAN Talks Discuss COVID-19 Impacts; Americas Hold More Than Half Of Global Deaths

AFRICA

Markets Insider: South Africa’s GDP plunges over 50% as COVID-19’s ‘punch in the gut’ triggers the steepest decline since 1960 (Nagarajan, 9/8).

ASIA

AP: ASEAN talks tackle pandemic, sea feud amid U.S.-China rivalry (Dinh et al., 9/9).

UPI: North Korea’s silence on pandemic arouses skepticism in South (Shim, 9/9).

EUROPE

AP: U.K. government tries to sharpen virus message in England (Pylas, 9/9).

Reuters: Czech government seeks to keep economy running as COVID-19 cases rise (Lopatka, 9/8).

Washington Post: Italy’s Bergamo is calling back coronavirus survivors. About half say they haven’t fully recovered (Harlan/Pitrelli, 9/8).

LATIN AMERICA

Newsweek: Map Shows Americas Doing Worst in COVID-19 Pandemic, Making Up 55 Percent of Global Deaths (Gander, 9/8).

NPR: Peru Locked Down Early. Now It Battles One Of The Worst Coronavirus Outbreaks (Reeves, 9/8).

MIDDLE EAST

AP: Virus puts new strain on Gaza’s overwhelmed health system (Akram, 9/8).

NORTH AMERICA

Washington Post: ‘Worst case scenarios’ at Sturgis rally could link event to 266,000 coronavirus cases, study says (Shammas, 9/8).

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