NEW DELHI (AP) – India says it will conduct a massive survey for the corona virus targeting the entire population of New Delhi at 29 million.
Officials go to every household to record each resident’s health records and issue a test for the virus to those who show or report symptoms.
The exercise will be completed on July 6, according to a plan by the government of New Delhi, the country’s worst-hit city with 70,390 confirmed cases.
Police will be deployed to enforce physical distance and prevent the mixing of the population within more than 200 containment zones in the capital, where large clusters of cases have been confirmed. CCTV or drone surveillance will also be used.
The police will have to ensure strict perimeter control and “absolute restrictions on the movement of the population in and out,” the city authorities said.
India again registered a record high of 16,922 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 473,105. The Department of Health also reported 418 more deaths, bringing the number of fatalities to 14,894. The ministry said the recovery rate continued to improve by 56%.
The New Delhi government has predicted that business in the capital could increase to more than half a million in late July alone, and is considering acquiring luxury hotels and stadiums to be transformed into field hospitals.
Armed Forces personnel provide medical care and attention to coronavirus patients who are kept in train wagons that have been turned into medical departments at nine locations in the capital.
The Department of Health said testing has increased to more than 200,000 a day across the country, bringing the total number of samples tested to nearly 7.3 million so far.
In other developments around the Asia-Pacific region:
– China reported 19 recently confirmed cases of the coronavirus during mass tests in Beijing, where a recent outbreak appears to have been brought under control. Of the new cases, 13 were reported in Beijing and one in neighboring Hebei Province. Five others were brought in by Chinese travelers from abroad. No new deaths were reported and 382 people remained on treatment for COVID-19, with another 110 in isolation. Case numbers both nationally and in Beijing rose by single digits from Wednesday, but there was no sign of further spread. This month’s outbreak in Beijing infected 249 people, most of them with links to the city’s largest wholesale market, forcing authorities to lock up some communities and cancel classes. Since then, 3 million test samples have been taken from 2.43 million people in the city.
– South Korea has reported an additional 28 cases of the corona virus as the country struggles to suppress a resurgence of the virus, mainly around the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul. The figures bring the country’s total to 12,563 cases with 282 deaths. Nearly 11,000 people have recovered, while 1,307 are still quarantined. South Korea has seen an increase in new infections since it relaxed strict rules on social distance. But the daily increases have not reached the level of hundreds of cases reported between late February and early March. The most recent cases have been linked to nightlife, church gatherings, a massive e-commerce warehouse and door-to-door sellers.
Australian health professionals plan to go door to door to test more than 100,000 residents in a coronavirus hotspot in Melbourne’s suburbs, which threatens to reverse the nation’s success in fighting the virus. The state of Victoria reported 33 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily number in more than two months. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the test aims to collect samples from half of all residents in 10 suburbs. He said the goal was to test 10,000 residents every day for 10 days. The tests are free and Andrews urged residents to agree to include them as a civic duty. More than 1,000 military personnel deploy Victoria to assist with the operation, while other states will help process the test results. Australia has reported more than 7,500 confirmed cases of the virus, including 104 deaths.
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