23 July 2020

This Week’s COVID-19 Snapshot

The weekly snapshot provides expert insight on the outbreak and its widespread impact. In this edition, we highlight the extent to which officials can effectively re-impose lockdown measures as second wave hits.

 

23 July 2020 – Venezuela

Predictions:

  • Government’s tightening of COVID-19 lockdown in key states unlikely to prevent rising infections
  • Official infection and death figures are unreliable, but limited healthcare resources mean that infections are likely to significantly increase over next two to three months
  • Government will use lockdown and quarantine measures to increase security force deployments and to limit opposition activity ahead of December National Assembly elections

 

22 July 2020 – Israel-Palestine

Predictions:

  • Public anger over mismanagement of COVID-19 crisis will complicate efforts to reimpose restrictions, ensuring continued rise of infection rates
  • Rise in infections means combating virus will be government priority in coming weeks, further delaying potential West Bank annexations
  • Decline in Netanyahu’s approval ratings will decrease likelihood of any moves towards fresh elections for now

 

21 July 2020 – India

Predictions:

  • Rising number of localised COVID-19 lockdowns will complicate business operations in coming weeks
  • Piecemeal local measures rather than national lockdown will be implemented as virus spreads to new cities and towns
  • Supply chain disruption and labour shortages will remain key challenges for businesses, but temporary business shutdowns may also be imposed

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