The coronavirus pandemic is showing no signs of slowing as infections soar over 31 million

The UK government will announce new steps on Tuesday to stop a surge in coronavirus in England as the United States stood close to 200,000 COVID-19 deaths.

The pandemic is showing no signs of slowing – more than 31.2 million infections have been detected worldwide with 964,000 deaths – and nations are struggling to contain new outbreaks.

The heightened response in the UK follows warnings that the country could see up to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and more than 200 deaths a day a month later.

France and Spain are fighting with similar waves.

“If we don’t do enough the virus will take off and right now this is clearly where we are,” said Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for the UK government.

“And if we don’t change course we will find ourselves in a very difficult problem.”

Under the new rules, which are due to come into effect on Thursday, English pubs, bars and other eateries have to close at 10 p.m. Food and drinks are also limited to table service.

Many nations in Europe eased restrictions after largely getting past the initial outbreaks, but the virus resurgence has forced them to tighten the curbs again.

In the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babis admitted on Monday that the government had eased restrictions too quickly.

“Even I got carried away with the coming summer and the general mood,” he said.

“That was a mistake I don’t want to make again.”

“Lies and incompetence”

The death toll in the United States stood at nearly 200,000 on Tuesday, with infections approaching seven million in the world’s hardest-hit nation.

Overall, the United States makes up four percent of the world’s population and 20 percent of coronavirus deaths.

President Donald Trump was heavily criticized ahead of the November elections for how he dealt with the crisis.

“Because of Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence over the past six months, (we) have seen one of the worst losses to American life in history,” accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden on Monday.

“With this crisis, a real crisis, a crisis that required serious leadership from the president, he just wasn’t able to. He froze. He failed to act. He panicked. And America has the worst price of any nation paid to the world. “

Trump on Monday insisted that the United States “go around the corner with or without a vaccine”.

But Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will warn a congressional committee Tuesday that a full recovery in the world’s largest economy “is unlikely to happen unless people are confident that it is safe to move back on a broad spectrum.” of engaging in activities “to prepared remarks.

“I will never return”

A vaccine is seen as critical to ending the pandemic – with multiple development efforts around the world – but there are concerns that the poorest nations may not have access to it.

More than 60 wealthy nations – but not China and the United States – have joined a World Health Organization-supported program to help poor countries gain access to vaccines. This comes from a list published on Monday.

Until one is available, treatment options for the less privileged are limited.

In Mexico, where more than 73,000 people have died, many choose to stay home when they get sick rather than seek treatment in creaky public hospitals.

Jessica Castillo, in Hidalgo state, said she suffered and even had suicidal thoughts for a week at home.

“I felt like the air I was breathing wasn’t getting into my lungs,” said the 43-year-old pastry chef, who took more than a month to recover from the coronavirus.

“But I said, ‘If I go to the hospital, I’ll never come back’.”

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