Measles cases surged worldwide in 2019 to reach reach 869,770, the highest number since 1996, while deaths rose to an estimated 207,500, according to a new report from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which blamed falling rates of vaccination for the resurgence of the highly infectious and sometimes deadly disease. “These alarming figures should act as a warning that, with the COVID-19 pandemic occupying health systems across the world, we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball when it comes to other deadly diseases,” said Dr Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.