The Heat: COVID-19: US and South Africa

The Heat

FILE PHOTO: Mine workers wearing face masks arrive ahead of their shift, amid a nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, at a mine of Sibanye-Stillwater company in Carletonville, South Africa, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

The World Health Organization cautioned North America, Southeast Asia and Europe about scaling back on restrictions too quickly in the fight against COVID-19. There have been at least 5.5 million infections worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million of those cases in the United States.
The US is now closing in on a staggering 100-thousand deaths.  And South Africa will start to reopen its economy next week, after a two-month lockdown. The country of 57-million people reports nearly 24,000 cases, and close to 500 deaths and officials warn it could get worse.

To discuss:

  • John Quelch is the dean of the University of Miami’s Herbert Business School.
  • Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is the director of Global Biorisk Advisory Council and an infectious disease specialist.
  • Nathan King is CGTN’s White House correspondent.
  • Ebrahim Rasool is the former South African Ambassador to the US and Founder of World for All Foundation.
  • Angelo Coppola is a CGTN correspondent based in Johannesburg.

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