‘There’s no way to sugarcoat it’: COVID-19 cases are surging; one American dies every 107 seconds

‘There’s no way to sugarcoat it’: COVID-19 cases are surging; one American dies every 107 seconds

John Bacon, USA TODAY Published 7:20 p.m. ET Oct. 28, 2020 | Updated 9:58 a.m. ET Oct. 29, 2020


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The U.S. set a record this week for new coronavirus cases over a seven-day period with more than 500,000 infections. An American is testing positive every 1.2 seconds.

Daily deaths are also climbing – one of us is dying every 107 seconds, according to Johns Hopkins data.

And daily hospitalizations have been rising steadily for more than a month, from 28,608 on Sept. 20 to more than 44,000 on Tuesday.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat it: We are facing an urgent crisis, and there is an imminent risk to you, your family members, your friends, your neighbors and the people you care about,” said Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, whose state is seeing one of the nation’s worst outbreaks.

As winter approaches, America is facing a crucial fork in the road, said Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease expert and professor at the University of South Carolina.

“We might see a larger surge due to the pandemic fatigue Americans are experiencing,” Nolan told USA TODAY. “Americans are tired of adhering to public health guidelines and getting tested.”

She repeated the familiar plea of public health experts: Masks. Social distancing. Hand washing. Risk mitigation strategies until a vaccine is developed. 

While the White House’s science policy office ranked “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” among President Donald Trump’s top achievements, the world isn’t buying in. Stock markets around the globe fell sharply Wednesday amid investor fears that global lockdowns are once again on the horizon.

“We’re well behind this virus,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, said this week. “We will have to get ahead of this virus, and that may require sacrifice for many, many people in terms of their personal lives.”


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Some suggest a national lockdown might allow a “reset” for states more severely affected to reduce their spiraling numbers, but that is unlikely to happen given the political climate, most experts agree.

“A national mandate from the federal government for universal masking is more likely to achieve the greatest impact to reduce deaths in the next several months,” said Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

That’s not very likely either, however. 

Meanwhile, states like Wisconsin suffer. State officials there are urging residents to stay home and avoid social gatherings – despite a series of legal challenges that have frustrated efforts by Evers to order restrictions.

“It’s a nightmare scenario, frankly, that this could get quite a bit worse in the next several weeks or months before it gets better,” said Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Experts say at least one vaccine candidate could win FDA approval by year’s end. But that could just be the beginning of questions related to vaccinating a nation of more than 300 million people. And a world of more than 7 billion people.

Grissel Franco, clinical coordinator, Cristian Franco, lead medical assistant and Brenda Vargas, medical assistant with Vo Medical Group in Calexico perform testing with patients wanting to know if they are COVID-19 positive on April 7, 2020.

Grissel Franco, clinical coordinator, Cristian Franco, lead medical assistant and Brenda Vargas, medical assistant with Vo Medical Group in Calexico perform testing with patients wanting to know if they are COVID-19 positive on April 7, 2020.  (Photo: Omar Ornelas, USA TODAY Network)

Nolan warns that until it becomes clear what type of vaccine clears FDA guidelines for mass distribution, it won’t be clear what problems  the nation faces in getting it to the public. For example, some vaccines require refrigeration – and, because this is how the world works in 2020, it turns out we are nearing a national shortage of clinical laboratory refrigerators.

We still don’t know how well any vaccines actually will work. And even if they do work, Americans must be convinced it is safe and effective before they line up to get the shot.

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Once the vaccine is available, “uptake issues” must be overcome, said Ogbonnaya Omenka, an associate professor and public health specialist at Butler University. Will the vaccine be mandatory or optional? And if mandatory, how will it be enforced “in view of the clash between individual liberty and public health?”

Also, there are questions of prioritization: figuring out who should get the vaccine first because there won’t be enough to go around for some time. Young, healthy people would seem to be last in line, but what effect will that have on in-classroom learning for students?

There is also evidence that vaccine hesitancy may be higher in minority communities, the communities that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic, said Dr. Anuj Mehta, a pulmonary and critical care physician at National Jewish Health in Denver.

“Convincing people that a vaccine is a safe and effective will be a critical part of widespread dissemination,” Mehta said.

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Trump, who recovered from COVID-19 earlier this month, continues to downplay the latest wave of infections

“We’re rounding the turn,” the president said at recent campaign stop. “We’re doing great. Our numbers are incredible.”

Trump points to daily death totals, which, while rising, have not reached numbers seen in April, when thousands of Americans died each day. Glatter said deaths have not reached those numbers during this surge because of increased testing, more judicious use of intubation and noninvasive forms of ventilation, and use of steroids and the medication remdesivir when indicated. 


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The world is also struggling.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday that he has gone into quarantine. India is second only to the U.S. in reported infections, nearing the 8 million mark.

In Europe, several nations are weighing tougher restrictions. European Union officials on Wednesday urged the bloc’s 27 nations to introduce common rules to test for the disease and track its spread to help prevent further damage to their virus-battered economies.

“We are seeing a large number of cases, we are seeing widespread disease” in Europe, Ryan said. “We are seeing very, very high positivity rates and an increasing lack of capacity to do any effective form of contact tracing.”

He said stay-at-home orders may be needed in some countries to take the “heat out of this phase of the pandemic.”

When will it all end? There are so many variables, it’s not easy to say. Glatter said it will take three years. 

Nolan went out on a limb: “Next spring,” she said.

Contributing: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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France is honoring nurses, ambulance drivers, supermarket cashiers and others on its biggest national holiday Tuesday. Bastille Day's usual grandiose military parade in Paris is being redesigned this year to celebrate heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.A health worker screens residents for COVID-19 symptoms at Devnar slum in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 11, 2020.A doctor measures the temperature of woman during a house-to-house new coronavirus testing campaign, in Avircato, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020.Palestinian health workers recite a prayer in front of the body of a woman who died after contracting the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus, before her funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus on July 5, 2020.A customer has her hair washed at Tusk Hair stylists in Camden just after midnight on July 4, 2020 in London, England.A volunteer from the #MissingLiveTheatre initiative wears a face mask as she wraps pink tape reading missing live theatre on the National Theatre in south east London on July 3, 2020, - Venues around the country, from the National Theatre to Manchesters Royal Exchange, will be wrapped in pink tape reading missing live theatre as part of a campaign to bring joy and colour to the buildings.A mask-clad camel guide stands before a camel near the Great Pyramid of Khufu at the Giza Pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 1, 2020 as the archaeological site reopens while the country eases restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Egyptians get tested for COVID-19 at a drive-through coronavirus-testing center at the Ain Shams University in Cairo on June 29, 2020. Egypt has so far registered 65,188 COVID-19 cases including 2,789 fatalities. Workers disinfect and clean the Zocalo square in Mexico City on June 29, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting this week Mexico City is allowing the reopening of shops, street markets and athletic complexes but with limited capacity and hours. Hotels and restaurants in the capital will reopen at about 30% seating capacity.A Chinese epidemic control worker wears a protective suits as she talks to a foreign resident as she and others arrive to a residential compound as part of quarantine measures after arriving in China on June 29, 2020 in Beijing, China. In an effort to limit imported cases China closed its borders to non-citizens on March 28, 2020 allowing only those with special permission to enter the country. Those who do are required to complete 14 days of quarantine and week medical observation. Health workers arrive to administer a free medical checkup in a slum in Mumbai, India, Sunday, June 28, 2020. India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world after the U.S., Russia and Brazil. Staff at Shiva's Signature hair salon wearing Personal Protective Equipment suits and face shields attend customers after personal grooming services were allowed to resume following relaxation of lockdown norms amidst COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai on June 28, 2020. India now has more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government figures released on June 27 that showed a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections.A man wearing a protective mask with rainbow colors takes part in a Pride March in Berlin on June 27, 2020.Health officials collect a sample from a man at a COVID-19 testing centre during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Chennai on June 26, 2020. Senegalese students wear masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus as they return to classes on the first day back after more than three months away, at the Sacre Coeur college in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, June 25, 2020.Mannequins are seen placed at tables to make customers sit according to social distancing rules at Elpaso Bar, which reopened after being closed for weeks, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ankara on June 24, 2020. - Turkey, a nation of some 83 million, has removed most restrictions, reopened restaurants and resumed mass prayers but officials have warned against complacency. Turkey's daily infections have risen in recent weeks to over a thousand, and authorities have made face masks mandatory in public in several cities including Istanbul. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images) ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1U12S2People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning.A health worker takes a moment after screening people  for COVID-19 at Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the U.S., Russia and Brazil.Agustina Cañamero, 81, and Pascual Pérez, 84, hug and kiss through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting the new coronavirus at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, June 22, 2020. The Ballesol Fabra i Puig elderly care center installed the screens to resume relatives' visits to residents 102 days after a strict, nationwide lockdown separated them. As she and her husband broke out into tears while kissing through layers of protective masks and the transparent plastic film, Cañamero said that the couple had never spent such long time with no physical contact in 59 years of marriage.People in their cars attend a show at the Las Vegas Circus in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil late on June 20, 2020. Closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Las Vegas Circus returned to activity with a drive-in show, which includes those circus artists with less risks of spreading the COVID-10 pandemic. Wuhan University graduates wear face masks during their graduation ceremony at Wuhan University on June 20, 2020 in Wuhan, China. More than 600 student representatives attended the graduation ceremony, while 15000 graduates watched the live webcast. Since June 13, 2020 the response level of public health emergencies in Hubei Province has been reduced to level 3. Wuhan's health commission said that the city had no asymptomatic cases as of June 15, and there are no more close contacts under medical observation.Health workers walk out of a mobile laboratory before analyzing samples collected during mass coronavirus tests in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 18, 2020.Vendors clean fish at Khlong Toei Market, the biggest fresh market in Bangkok, on June 18, 2020. A huge wholesale market has become the centre of focus for a new cluster of coronavirus cases in Beijing, where nervous local officials have begun mass testing, closing schools and neighbourhoods, and turned sharp scrutiny towards the food supply chain.A police officer stops motorcyclists from entering a restricted area that is sealed off to control the spread of the coronavirus, in Lahore, Pakistan, June 18, 2020. Chefs social distance while waiting to take a swab test for the COVID-19 coronavirus as officials conduct mass testing following a new cluster of cases last week, in Beijing on June 18, 2020.  Beijing reported another 21 cases of the coronavirus on June 18, as authorities rushed to contain a new outbreak in the capital and warned cases may keep rising.Indonesian firefighters spray disinfectant at the public area near an elephant enclosure at Ragunan Zoo prior to its reopening this weekend after weeks of closure due to the large-scale restrictions imposed to help curb the new coronavirus outbreak, in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 17, 2020. As Indonesia's overall virus caseload continues to rise, the capital city has moved to restore normalcy by lifting some restrictions, saying that the spread of the virus in the city of 11 million has slowed after peaking in mid-April.An Israir Airlines flight attendant wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment) prepares for take off from the Ben Gurion International Airport near the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv to southern Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on June 16, 2020.Undertakers carry coffins at the end of the funeral proceedings for COVID-19 coronavirus victims at a Mosque in Cape Town, on June 16, 2020.  Most of South Africa's infections -- around two-thirds -- are found in the Western Cape province, a popular tourist destination home to the coastal city of Cape Town. WHO said on June 11, 2020  that the pandemic was accelerating on the continent and that 10 of the 54 countries on the continent are currently driving the numbers.Young people sit in a restaurant with plastic dividers to apply social distancing rules amid concerns for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a shopping mall in Surabaya, East Java on June 16, 2020.A passenger, wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus, sits before boarding her flight at the Zaventem international airport during the partial lifting of coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown regulations in Brussels, Monday, June 15, 2020. Borders opened up across Europe on Monday after three months of coronavirus closures that began chaotically in March.Cemetery workers wearing protective gear against the new coronavirus, walk after carrying the coffin of 72-year-old Monica Lagos to her grave at the Manantial cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Monday, June 15, 2020. According to her grandaughter Ninoska Vasquez, who works as an assistant at a health center, Lagos died from complications related to COVID-19. Gondoliers go with customers for a gondola ride on a canal in Venice, Italy on June 12, 2020 as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus.Activists in costume dig symbolic graves on Copacabana beach as a protest, organized by the NGO Rio de Paz, against the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 11, 2020.COVID-19 patients lie on beds in a field hospital built inside a gym in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 9, 2020.Muslim worshippers, distanced safely from each other and clad in face masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, perform the noon prayers at a mosque in Kuwait City on June 10, 2020 for the first time since a lockdown was instated three months ago.Health workers from the city of Melgaco ride a boat ambulance on their way back after visiting eight families that live without electricity in a small riverside community at the Quara river, amid concern over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in the southwest of Marajo Island, Brazil, on June 9, 2020.Members of the Bangladesh police attend a yoga session to boost the immune system of police personnel during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Dhaka on July 8, 2020.A barber cuts the hair of a customer at a barbershop as it reopened after closing due to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Quezon City, Manila on June 7, 2020.Religious brother, Anil, wearing a face mask sanitizes a statue at Saint Joseph's Cathedral as government plans to reopen places of worship as part of the relaxation measures of the nationwide lockdown imposed against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Hyderabad on June 7, 2020.Medical workers wearing protective gear to protect against coronavirus infection, carry a patient at an infectious diseases hospital where patients with coronavirus are treated in St.Petersburg, Russia, June 3, 2020.Muslim men practice social distancing, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, as they attend Friday prayers at a mosque in Narathiwat, Thailand on June 5, 2020.A worker disinfects the houses of the Villa 21-24 on June 3, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Government-ordered lockdown was extended until June 7 due to increase in the number of positive cases.A masked waiter works at the terrace of the Cafe de la Mairie on the Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris on June 2, 2020, as cafes and restaurants reopen in France, while the country eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).A couple wears protective masks as they walk in a commercial street while shopping on June 2, 2020 in Beijing, China.Stranded migrant labourers gather at an assembling centre to get transferred to a railway station to board on a special train to Bihar after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on May 30, 2020.A doctor wearing a   face mask and protective gear  stands next to an ambulance at the Grigor Lusavorich Medical Centre in Yerevan on May 29, 2020,  amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus.Disinfection team disinfect a classroom at Ivory Park Secondary School east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, May 28, 2020, ahead of the June 1, 2020, re-opening of Grade 7 and 12 learners to school.A government medical worker, in a joint operation with military police, prepares to check passengers on boats in the Melgaco bay, southwest of the island of Marajo, Para state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. People onboard small boats, ferries and ships on the river had their body temperature checked as authorities try to combat the new coronavirus.Women in period dress and wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus walk outside the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference concluded its session in Beijing on Wednesday, part of the annual meetings of China's two top legislative bodies. A woman disinfects her hands from a mobile robot that carries a container of sanitization liquid at Central World, an upmarket shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Thai government continues to ease restrictions related to running business in capital Bangkok that were imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19.Healthcare workers demanding time off for COVID-19 fatigue stage a lie-in in front of Maisonneuve Rosemont hospital, Wednesday May 27, 2020, in Montreal.In this aerial photo taken with a drone, newly made social distancing circles are seen in a park on the last day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr during a four-day lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on May 26, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.Employees from Fatih Municipality disinfect Suleymaniye Mosque on the last day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr during a four-day lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on May 26, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.A woman visits her husband on May 25, 2020 at a retirement home in Bourbourg, France where a double entry bubble has been installed to allow visits without risk of contamination, as part of a prophylactic measure against the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Relatives and residents each enter the tent through a different entrance to find themselves in the same room, separated by a transparent plastic canvas. These bubbles were originally designed for tourism by the company.Indian health workers in hazmat suits bury a 55-year-old Muslim who died from the coronavirus, during Eid ul-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, on May 25, 2020 in Delhi, India. Eid-ul-Fitr, considered one of the most important festivals in Islam, lacked its traditional fervor as religious gatherings remain banned in India as the country reels under a lockdown imposed by the government on March 25 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Over 4,000 people have died and there have been over one hundred forty thousand infections so far. Ana and a fellow volunteer prepare food rations to be distributed to people in need at the Nazaret Association food bank in Madrid on May 24, 2020. The association who is attending to 600 people warned that due to the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak many people have barely any resources left. A protester is taken away by police officers during a rally against restrictions in place to limit the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on May 23, 2020 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Young children look out of the sun roof of a car ahead of the Stage X drive-in concert at KINTEX parking lot in Goyang, South Korea, Saturday, May 23, 2020. The concert's aim is to provide entertainment for South Korean citizens who have been craving for music events that have been suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.Women wearing protective face masks pray at a cemetery at the grave of a relative who died of COVID-19, on May 21, 2020, in Istanbul, amid the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus. The cemetery in the city's Beykoz district on the Asian side was built in March when Turkey confirmed its first case. Now it houses more than 700 people who died of contagious diseases including COVID-19.People eat at a street restaurant implementing social distancing with plastic dividers after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok's Chinatown on May 21, 2020.  Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 17 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again.Relatives of a deceased person mourn during a mass burial of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic victims at the Parque Taruma cemetery on May 19, 2020 in Manaus, Brazil.  Brazil has over 260,000 confirmed cases and more than 17,000 deaths caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.A woman sunbathes in a roped off distancing zone marked out by the municipality along the beaches in La Grande Motte, France, on May 21, 2020, as the nation eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.  The local municipality dubbed this set up 'organized beaches', the first in France to implement separated zones for beach goers in order to respect social distancing.Colombian Huitoto indigenous people pose wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Leticia, department of Amazonas, Colombia on May 20, 2020.A customer sits with his laptop beside display mannequins at the Cafe Livres in Essen, Germany, May 20, 2020. The cafe set the dolls as placeholders on various places for more distance between customers due to the new coronavirus orders for restaurants and cafes.Students sit behind protective screens as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they eat lunch at a high school in Daejeon on May 20, 2020.  Hundreds of thousands of South Korean students returned to school on May 20 as education establishments started reopening after a coronavirus delay of more than two months.A passenger wearing a face shield sits along with others in a train carriage of Karachi bound Awam Express at the Rawalpindi railway station as train services resumed ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on May 20, 2020. Passengers wearing face masks stand in close proximity as they ride a canal boat during the evening rush hour in Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2020. The Thai government continues to ease restrictions related to running businesses in the capital Bangkok that were imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19.Policemen push back stranded migrant workers as they gather for a medical screening before taking a train to Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh state to return to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on May 20, 2020.People wait in line to undergo the new coronavirus tests while keeping distance from each other at a makeshift clinic set up on a playground in Incheon, South Korea, May 20, 2020. Servicemen of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfect Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Teachers check dividers on desks in a class ahead of school reopening at Junghwa Girls High School in Daegu, South Korea, May 19, 2020. South Korean Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip urged vigilance to maintain hard-won gains against the virus and called for education officials to double check preventive measures with high-school seniors returning to school on Wednesday.A woman sips her coffee from under her facial protection at a cafe with outdoor tables in Rome, May 18, 2020. Italy is slowly lifting restrictions after a two-month coronavirus lockdown.Students stand next to cones to mark social distancing as they wait in line before entering the classroom at Les Magnolias primary school during the partial lifting of COVID-19, lockdown regulations in Brussels, May 18, 2020. Belgium is taking the next step in its relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday, with more students going to school, markets and museums reopening Nuns visit St. Peter's Basilica as it reopens on May 18, 2020 in The Vatican during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus.A gondolier wearing a face mask transports his very first customer as service resumes at the San Toma embankment on a Venice canal on May 18, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus.Nurses assigned to the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) at the Kenyatta University Hospital dance during a Zumba class held at the hospital compound in Nairobi, on May 17, 2020.People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk along a pedestrian shopping street in Beijing, Saturday, May 16, 2020.Swimmers pay for sunbeds with an employee of a beach bar who wears a protective mask against coronavirus, at Alimos beach, near Athens, on Saturday, May 16, 2020.Medical workers take swab samples from staff members from the AOC computer monitor factory to be tested for the COVID-19 in Wuhan, China on May 15, 2020.A shopper wearing a face mask points to products from behind a plastic sheet at a street market on May 14, 2020, on the Saxe Avenue in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.A worker is seen inside the Beijing Applied Biological Technologies (XABT) research and development laboratory in Beijing on May 14, 2020. XABT is a Chinese company specializing in developing pathogens diagnostics, among them reagent kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus.A taxi driver and a mechanic install a bulkhead barrier against the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus, made by Thai military aeronautical engineers, in Bangkok on May 13, 2020.A health worker wearing protective gear sits on an ambulance next to the dead body of a victim who died from the COVID-19 coronavirus before the burial at a graveyard in New Delhi on May 13, 2020.A passenger with her hand marked with a quarantine stamp stands at a security check point after she arrived by a special train service from Bangalore to Secunderabad railway station, the twin city of Hyderabad on May 13, 2020. India's enormous railway network tentatively ground back to life on May 12 as a gradual lifting of the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown gathered pace even as new cases surged.



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