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U.N. Chief Warns Pandemic May Set Back Global Economy by “Decades”

HeadlineJul 15, 2020

At the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday the pandemic has spawned the sharpest decline in global per capita income in more than a century and could set the world economy back by “decades.”

In South Africa, health officials have reimposed some lockdown measures, including a ban on alcohol sales, amid an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases.

In India, nearly a dozen states have reimposed partial lockdowns as confirmed coronavirus cases rapidly approach 1 million.

Brazil’s death toll has topped 74,000 — second only to the United States — with nearly 2 million confirmed cases. On Tuesday, protesters descended on the capital Brasília demanding far-right President Jair Bolsonaro step down.

Claudia Lima: “Brazil can’t take it anymore. There have been more than 70,000 deaths, more than 70,000 families crying over the deaths of people that were ignored and scorned by the genocidal person in charge of the Brazilian government.”

In Europe, the governments of both the U.K. and France are taking steps to mandate face masks in indoor public spaces. Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain already have national mask mandates.

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