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Interviewer: Professor Temte,
thank you for
doing this interview with us today as
an update to your past interviews on
the epidemiology of COVID-19
caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
What are some of the changes that have
occurred since your last interview with us
at the end of March?
Prof. Temte: Unfortunately we
have seen a steady increase in cases
across the world, and
in that we see certain areas
having their outbreaks and
getting through them, and
other areas in which the numbers
of cases are accelerating rapidly.
Across the globe, we now see more
than five million diagnosed cases and
about a third of a million deaths so
in my country alone we have over
one-and-a-half million cases and
almost 95,000 deaths,
which is an unfortunate
tribute to our slowness in
responding to this pandemic.
Interviewer: Has the trajectory of this
virus followed the path that you thought
it would since the beginning
of the outbreak?
Prof. Temte: Again,
it's very interesting and
one can sit back in one's office and
watch the epidemic take
off in real time and
monitor it on a daily
basis across the globe.
I think the challenge
has been the combination
of things that work and
things that don't work,