"COVID-19 Lockdown Exit Analysis" 10th Jun 2020
Rural America sees steep rise in corona cases
New York and Chicago were some of the first U.S. hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic, but as the country relaxed restrictions, hot spots seem to have moved to parts that had previously avoided being hard hit. Since June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest seven-day average of new coronavirus cases and health experts are now worrying how these areas, already short of resources, will cope with the sudden rise.
As the coronavirus count reduces in Spain, air pollution rises
After months of lockdown, Spain has started to relax restictions, which has led to increased traffic on the streeets and higher nitrogen dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The average concentration of nitrogen dioxide was 32% less than the average from the same period over the last four years in the first week of June, but it is now rising again.
Japan's coronavirus success story may be tied to mask wearing culture
While mask-wearing has become a controversial and oft debated topic, especially in the U.S. and parts of Europe, the same practice has also been credited with the relative success of Japan, and several other countries, in keeping mortality rates low. In Japan, strong awareness of public hygiene and past experience with epidemics seems to have kept the population disciplined and infection numbers relatively low, despite the country not enforcing a lockdown.
WHO urges more tests and extended lockdown for Pakistan
The WHO expressed concern about Pakistan's lifting of restrictions in certain regions, pointing out the high positivity rate and the continuing threat of new Covid-19 infections, and recommended a two-week-on and two-week-off strategy, with lockdowns and more testing, as a way to continue to battle the virus.