We’re continuing to see a massive divide in Covid experience between countries, and the ones on the wrong part of the curve threaten entire regions. Brazil’s ‘rapid and violent’ Covid variant devastates Latin America. From the NYT: Ravaged by Covid, Brazil Faces a Hunger Epidemic. And in India, things are terrible. “Families are left pleading for their relatives who are desperately ill, with some patients left untreated for hours.
Crematoriums are organising mass funeral pyres. On Friday India reported 332,730 new cases of coronavirus, setting a world record for a second day running.”

+ Meanwhile, the quest for a normal-ish Olympics has suffered setbacks. Japan Declares 3rd State Of Emergency, 3 Months Ahead Of Olympics.

+ Vietnam defied the experts and sealed its border to keep Covid-19 out. It worked. (It seems like travel restrictions should be the norm, not the exception.)