Covid-19 is now a truly global health crisis – the solutions must be too | Adam Tooze

A coordinated response to the crisis in the Americas, India and Africa must be led by countries that have suppressed the virus

It took more than three months for the world to record 1 million cases of Covid-19. The latest 1 million cases were clocked up in a week, taking the total to more than 10 million. On Sunday 28 June, the world recorded more than 190,000 new cases in a single day, a new record.

Don’t fixate on the precise numbers. We are testing more than ever so we find more cases. What matters is the big picture and it is drawn in stark relief: the crisis is not yet over. Far from it. Even as east Asia and Europe begin to experience recovery, the momentum of the disease at the global level is building. Nor is this the famous “second wave”. This is still the first wave spreading out across the world’s 7.8 billion inhabitants.

Covid-19 may become another of those ‘poor-country diseases’ that kills hundreds of thousands every year

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