Heated Topics of the Week- Covid-19, Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus, and the World Shudders

Glance at Covid-19

Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with 34 million confirmed cases in 188 countries and more than one million deaths.

The US has recorded more than 200,000 deaths from coronavirus – the world’s highest official death toll.It has also recorded more than seven million cases.They include US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who both tested positive for coronavirus on 1 October.

The official number of confirmed infections in India has passed six million, the second-highest in the world after the US. The country has, however, maintained a relatively low death rate given the size of its population.

In Latin America, newly confirmed cases in Argentina have been rising quickly and the country now has more than 750,000 infections.

In the Middle East, cases in Iraq have been rising steadily since June, with the country fast approaching 400,000 cases.

Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus, and the World Shudders

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

President Trump’s disclosure that he had been infected by the coronavirus sent a shudder around the world on Friday, drawing sympathy from leaders who have grappled with the pandemic in their own countries and more pointed responses from critics who noted Mr. Trump’s cavalier handling of the threat.

Mr. Trump is not the first world leader to be stricken. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil both were infected — drawing an eerie link between three populist politicians whose countries have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.

At 74, Mr. Trump is older and more vulnerable than either of those men. The news of an American president contracting a potentially lethal virus also carried global repercussions beyond what would be generated by any other world leader. Financial markets fell in Asia and wobbled in Europe and the United States, before steadying after the disclosure that Vice President Mike Pence had tested negative.

Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/02/world/reactions-trump-positive-covid-test.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51235105

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