Various trackers of coronavirus cases worldwide, including that of Johns Hopkins University, had ticked past 100 million by Wednesday morning. More than one quarter of the cases have been identified in the US. And if you combine the six worst-hit countries in the world in gross terms — the US, India, Brazil, Russia, the UK, and France — you comfortably clear 50 million confirmed cases. The world has been registering in excess of half a million new cases per day regularly since the so-called second wave began picking up speed around November of last year. The true tally will be higher and will likely never be known for a number of reasons: asymptomatic cases where the sufferer never even noticed they were ill, overwhelmed national test and trace systems losing track of infection chains, or even potentially intentional under-reporting of caseloads in some places. Here’s a rundown of some of the other most notable pandemic-related stories around the world on Wednesday. Worldwide The International Monetary Fund has predicted a global GDP hit of $22 trillion (about €18 trillion) as a result of the pandemic. Full story here. Asia South Korea was tracking a new cluster on Wednesday, logging 559 new cases nationwide in the… Read full this story
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