SINGAPORE (Apr 3): The world is still playing catch-up with the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent days, we have seen more governments, including India, the second-most populous country in the world, and the UK implementing nationwide lockdowns as the outbreak escalates.

The latter has had to abandon its previous strategy, of developing herd immunity by allowing the virus to spread through at least 50% to 60% of its population, because the grim projections were simply untenable.

The US, meanwhile, has leapfrogged to the top of the table as the country with the highest number of confirmed cases in the world. Its response, so far, is a patchwork of policies, with varying degrees of lockdowns dictated by state governments.

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