The World Health Organization says its “best estimates” indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus.

That estimate — which would amount to more than 760 million people based on a current world population of about 7.6 billion — far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide.

Experts have long said that the number of confirmed cases greatly underestimates the true figure, reports Jamey Keaten from Geneva.

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox: They make up roughly 10% of the population, yet account for over one-third of the country’s coronavirus patients. Segments of the community refuse to comply with safety regulations and insist on maintaining a tight-knit way of life. The violations of Israel’s lockdown rules by some among the ultra-Orthodox population have confounded public health experts and tested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s longstanding political alliance with religious leaders.

They also have triggered resentment in the country’s secular population, who fear that the ultra-Orthodox community’s political clout is threatening public health and livelihoods. The ultra-Orthodox claim they are being unfairly targeted by the authorities, Tia Goldenberg reports from Tel Aviv. 

There is also a new surge of COVID-19 in New York City’s Orthodox Jewish communities. As a result, many residents are reviving health measures they abandoned over the summer, such as social distancing and wearing masks. For many, there’s also a return of anger. They feel the city is singling them out for criticism, David Crary and Marian Fam report.

How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask? The AP is answering Viral Questions in this series.

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