Complacency and confusion: Why some countries are seeing a Covid-19 resurgence

Melbourne back into lockdown as cases surge again

Members of Melbourne’s fire brigade preparing to take food parcels to residents in a locked-down public housing estate on Thursday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

In late February, Ms Raihan Suhaimi, a 28-year-old Singaporean, arrived in Melbourne to begin graduate studies and start a new life in a new city.

But her timing could hardly have been worse.


Infections rise in India, but recovery rate improves

People waiting to board a train to Rajasthan at MGR Central railway station in Chennai on Thursday. Since mid-May, curbs have been eased in India, including on the cross-country movement of people. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Life in the world’s second-most populous country has been slowly assuming a new normal after a stringent lockdown was eased.

Many Indians have learnt to wear masks as a matter of routine in spite of the stifling heat, which has reached – and in places, surpassed – 40 deg C.


Japan adamant spike in cases not a second wave

People in a shopping street in Tokyo earlier this month. Japan’s leaders are hesitant to adopt measures that will further hurt the economy. The country chose to further ease restrictions on Friday. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Six weeks after Tokyo lifted a state of emergency and with its economy battered into recession, the Japanese capital is setting unwelcome new records of daily Covid-19 cases.

The 224 new infections last Thursday broke a high of 206 cases that was recorded on April 17, a mere 10 days after the state of emergency was imposed.


America lets its guard down in rush to ease curbs

A healthcare worker in personal protective equipment helping people waiting in line to check in at a Covid-19 testing centre at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles last Tuesday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

After weeks of Americans staying at home and a strict regime of social distancing, the overall number of newly reported Covid-19 daily cases in the United States began to plateau in early May.

But the levelling off did not last.


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