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As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic’s first wave in lockdown, many developing and middle-income countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

With infections still growing daily in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nigeria among others, warn that before the world can start buttressing for COVID-19’s much-feared “second wave”, it must help nations battling the virus now.

The World Health Organization warned this week that the pandemic was “not even close to being over” even as European nations reopen their borders and millions head back to work.

While