I’m lucky enough to live in a neck of the woods where Covid cases are down quite substantially, vaccines are being lined up for as soon as they’re available, and tiers of activities are slowly being rolled back towards normality. It’s enough to make one feel the end of this nightmare is nigh. But the regional and worldwide numbers tell a wildly different story. Covid-19 deaths are accelerating, WHO warns, as world records most cases ever in a single week.