Globally, cases rose 6% last week, marking a month-long climb, the WHO said yesterday in its weekly pandemic update. Deaths also rose by 6% compared to the previous week, with the Western Pacific and Americas regions reporting sharp increases in fatalities.
The five countries that reported the most cases include the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, and Turkey.
Slovakia orders lockdown
Slovakia today ordered a 2-week lockdown to slow its record surge, according to Reuters, becoming the second European country behind Austria to take such a strong step.
Slovakia’s daily COVID-19 cases passed 10,000 for the first time this week, and officials said hospitalizations are at a critical point of limiting other care and potentially seeking help from foreign countries.