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This is a sobering commentary that highlights the likely worsening of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the months to come for many parts of the world. It provides examples of surges over the globe after relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
This article emphasizes the importance of a coordinating regional health body during this time, which has faced several obstacles due to funding issues.
– Morgan Soffler, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
As much of western Europe begins to ease countrywide lockdowns, globally the pandemic may still be in its infancy, with more than 160 000 new cases reported each day since June 25. Individual countries count cases differently, so direct comparisons are difficult, but the numbers illustrate a worrying pattern. At a subnational level the picture is nuanced, with local hotspots, but at a country level the picture is clear—the world is facing a worsening multipolar pandemic.