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The number of people infected by covid-19 is more than 700,000 globally. The number who’ve died, over 34,000
Those are the estimates by Johns Hopkins university, but do those figures accurately reflect reality?
If we are talking pure mathematics, curves usually indicate how severe cases are in a country and show its ability to control a crisis.
But there are other factors too: governments denying risks, facts supressed, lack of access to poor people and limited testing.
Be it in slums, townships, countries suffering conflicts and those without democracies; what is unknown is whether the outbreak is bigger than politicians are admitting, or are able to handle.
So is that hampering efforts to curb the disease?
Presenter: Peter Dobbie
Mark Heywood, human rights activist and editor of the Daily Maverick’s Maverick Citizen section.
Arun Kumar, economist and professor at the Institute of Social Sciences.
Hopewell Chin’ono, an award winning journalist and documentary film maker.
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In This Story: Covid-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.