NEW DELHI – India has recorded the highest peak of 15,968 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 456,183, with Mumbai and New Delhi being the most affected cities in the country.
The Department of Health also reported a record 24-hour increase in 465 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, leading to 14,476 deaths.
The ministry said the recovery rate continued to improve by 56.38%.
Actual numbers, as elsewhere in the world, are believed to be much higher for a number of reasons, such as limited testing.
The states of Maharashtra, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu are the worst affected states, accounting for nearly 60% of all cases in the country.
New Delhi is a cause of concern for the federal government and has been criticized for poor contact tracking and the lack of hospital beds. As the number of infections in New Delhi increases, the government estimates that it will have nearly 550,000 cases by the end of July.
India is the fourth most affected by the pandemic in the world, after the United States, Russia and Brazil.
HERE TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– Fauci: crucial in the coming weeks to suppress virus spikes
– Baseball is back: MLB sets 60 game sked, opens July 23 or 24
– Brazil tests COVID recording, no deal to use it if it works
– The governor of the most populous state in Germany has announced weekly closure measures in a region with a large increase in COVID-19 cases related to a slaughterhouse.
– The Chief of the United Nations criticizes the total lack of international coordination in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. And Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that many countries’ go-it-alone policies will not defeat the corona virus.
– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that from July 4, people in England can go to the pub, visit a movie theater, get a haircut or attend a religious service.
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THERE’S WHAT ELSE HAPPENS:
SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has reported an additional 51 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, continuing a upward trend in new infections.
Figures released Wednesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the country’s total to 12,535 with 281 deaths.
It says 10,930 of them have recovered, while 1,324 people remain in treatment for COVID-19 disease.
South Korea reported about 40-50 cases every day for the past two weeks amid increased public activity and decreased attitudes towards social distance. There is also a revival in imported cases.
The KCDC says that 20 of the 51 newly reported cases came from abroad, while 31 patients were infected locally.
MELBOURNE, Australia – Australia recorded its first death from COVID-19 in a month, bringing the national toll rate of the new coronavirus to 103.
Authorities in the state of Victoria say a man in his eighties died overnight, bringing the state’s total to 20.
It’s because the state registered a double-digit increase in business for the eighth consecutive day, with 20 new cases confirmed on Wednesday. There have been more than 7,500 infections in Australia.
Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said over the weekend that large family gatherings had been the catalyst for the virus re-emerging in some areas after the rules of locking were relaxed.
Nine of the state’s new cases on Wednesday were identified through routine testing, seven were linked to known outbreaks, one was a returned hotel quarantined traveler, and three were still under investigation.
Brett Sutton, Victoria’s chief health officer, says 241 cases in the state have been identified as community transfer, up eight from Tuesday.
PHOENIX – Hundreds of young supporters of President Donald Trump have packed a mega church for a Students for Trump event.
Prior to Tuesday’s event, Phoenix Democratic Mayor Kate Gallego made it clear that she did not believe the speech could be held safely in her city – and urged the President to wear a face mask.
But only a small fraction of those in attendance – young conservatives from across the country – wore masks, and there was little room for participants to practice social distance.
MEXICO CITY – Mexico has again raised a record one day in confirmed coronavirus cases, by 6,288, while a further 793 deaths have been reported.
The health department said on Tuesday that Mexico has now seen 191,410 cases and 23,377 deaths from COVID-19. Officials recognize that both are undercounts due to extremely low testing rates. Mexico has only performed about half a million tests, or about one in 250 residents.
Officials claim the pandemic has stabilized and may even have started a downward trend this week, but they’ve made that claim several times before.
Mexico also has an extremely high number of infections among health care providers. About 39,000 of the country’s confirmed cases are health workers, about 20% of the total. There were 584 deaths among doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital workers.
BEIJING – China has announced a further decline in recently confirmed cases of coronavirus, both across the country and in the capital Beijing, where a peak of around two weeks of age in cases now appears to be declining markedly.
In total, 12 cases were reported for the country on Wednesday, compared to 22 the day before. Beijing reported seven cases, compared to 13, while the other two reported in neighboring Hebei Province and three were reported as coming from abroad by Chinese travelers.
No new deaths were reported and 359 remained in treatment for COVID-19, with an additional 118 for monitoring and isolation to test positive for the virus without showing symptoms or showing suspected cases. China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths among 83,430 COVID-19 cases since the virus was first discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
During the Beijing outbreak in June, there were more than 200 cases, most of which related to the city’s largest wholesale market, leading to a number of new closings and cancellation of classes. Since then, 3 million test samples have been taken from 2.43 million people in the city, a senior municipal health official said Tuesday. Since June 11, a total of 249 people have been infected in Beijing.
CAIRO – War-ravaged Libya has reported the largest daily increase in coronavirus infections and deaths to date, raising fears that a major outbreak could overwhelm the health system, which could have been confused by nine years of conflict.
The Libyan National Center for Disease Control announced 639 virus cases in total after registration, including 17 fatalities
44 new virus cases and four deaths on Tuesday. With so little testing, experts believe the number could be higher.
The North African country has become divided between rival governments in the east and west, each supported by a series of dashing militias and foreign powers. The National Center for Disease Control is one of the few state institutions to bridge the gap between the country.
The number of cases in Libya has more than quadrupled in recent weeks, mainly as a result of the repatriation of stranded civilians from abroad. An alarming hotspot is the city of Sabha in the remote southern desert, where health facilities are drastically under-equipped and many citizens are still uninformed.
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