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“CIRCMIGR – Improving circular migration between Belarus and Poland, Slovakia and Czechia”
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The Continuing Saga of COVID-19 in the USA
The situation in the US is among the worst, but it is not the worst in the world, and to say so would be an exaggeration. However, out of the developed world the US has by far the worst epidemiological situation and its situation is more comparable to those in some of the less develop countries.
“Just a little flu” COVID-19 in Brazil
It would be almost impossible to separate the COVID-19 crisis in Brazil from the rhetoric and performance of its populist president Jair Bolsonaro. From the beginning of the pandemic Bolsonaro has worked to undermine restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, challenged the country’s leading scientists and provided the media with a never-ending stream of erratic quotes about the virus. He tested positive for COVID-19 himself on July 7th. In March Bolsonaro famously called the disease a “flu”. In the first months of the virus he reacted accordingly by refusing to endorse social distancing or the wearing of masks. Nowadays Brazil is the country with the second most cases. This is about double the number of cases in the third hardest-hit country - India. In late June, Brazil’s daily death toll overtook place of the US to make Brazil the country with the highest number of daily deaths.
What are the core factors which contribute to the high numbers of deaths and cases.
COVID-19 in the USA: protests, riots, and prisons
The current coronavirus situation in the US is an enigma to say the least. Some states, like New York and Washington, are seeing a decrease in new cases while others, like Arizona and California, are seeing an increase. At this point, all 50 states had attempted to reopen to some extent and, the number of new cases per day was going down for a while. While the pandemic is continuing, it is no longer at the centre of attention in much of the country. The spotlight has been taken by the ongoing protests and riots across the country in response to police brutality and racism. These gatherings started occurring on May 26th and are still ongoing in many parts of the US today. The US is starting to see an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases as a result of the mass gatherings and poorly timed reopenings. Additionally, another problem has arisen that not many may be aware of: outbreaks in prisons.