At over nine months into the pandemic, the death toll continues to grow and cases are surging again in Europe and the United States and climbing ever higher in India.
European countries from Denmark to Greece have announced new restrictions to curb outbreaks, while Britain is considering a new national lockdown. Intensive care admissions and deaths have also begun to tick up, especially in Spain and France.
The United States continues to move ahead with reopening schools and businesses, despite cases beginning to rise again. The pandemic is no longer focused on one or two epicenters. Instead it is smoldering across all states, raising fears that when colder weather forces more people inside, infections could surge beyond the peak set this summer.
A surge in cases usually precedes a rise in deaths by a couple of weeks.
On Sept. 22, the United States lost over 200,000 lives and India, the country reporting the second-highest number of cases in the world, was approaching 100,000 deaths.