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A Virtual Journey Around the World: Week 17

This week, one of the sites we ‘visited’ was the Kuk Swamp archaeological site in Papua New Guinea. Covid-19 cases have increased rapidly in this country over the past few days. Community transmission in the capital, Port Moresby, is on the increase; and staff at its main hospital have tested positive, including members of the laboratory team where Covid-19 tests are conducted. Outside Port Moresby, testing is very limited. Lack of equipment, isolation facilities and medical staff is exacerbating an already challenging situation.

Virtually visiting 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site in each country every day. As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the countries visited is 9,344,163 (UN World Health Organisation). All but 5 of these countries have reported cases, and all but 12 at least 1 death. 388,814 people are known to have died in these countries ‘visited’ to date, although even a brief review of the statistics suggests real numbers are distorted due to differential access to testing. Globally over 16.8 million cases have been reported worldwide (1.5 million more than a week ago), with 662,095 deaths. Behind each of these numbers are human lives lost and changed forever.

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