Virus cases rise sharply in Africa and India as inequality stings

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JOHANNESBURG – Confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa have doubled in two weeks to a quarter of a million, and India has had its largest daily peak when its total exceeded 800,000. Problems of inequality are growing as health workers seek better protection while some of the wealthy collect materials at home.

Globally, more than 12 million people have been infected with the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. More than half a million people have died. Shortages of testing equipment and poor data collection in some countries mean the real numbers are unknown. Some of the most affected nations are among the most unequal in the world.

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