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The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak: May 2020 update

Published on May 27, 2020   15 min

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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 far, and 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,
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