Breathtaking virus numbers show normal life still far away

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is poised to join the top five countries most affected by the coronavirus, while breathtaking infection numbers around the world are a reminder that a return to normal is far from sight. Confirmed virus cases worldwide have topped 14 million and deaths have surpassed 600,000. Inequality is in focus as the world marks Mandela Day to honor the late South African leader Nelson Mandela. A fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner warns that “many South Africans are sitting ducks” because they can’t comply with social distancing in crowded living conditions. The rest of Africa is watching to see how the country fares.