NEW DELHI – India has again reached a record high in new virus cases, as New Delhi emerged as the worst hit city.
India registered 16,922 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national total to 473,105. The Department of Health also reported 418 more deaths on Thursday, with a death toll of 14,894. The ministry said the recovery rate continued to improve by 56%.
With New Delhi troubling 70,390 cases, authorities have decided to conduct a door-to-door investigation in the capital over the next two weeks, a major exercise involving a population of nearly 22 million.
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 Indian capital.
India’s financial capital, Mumbai and Chennai manufacturing center, are also among the hardest hit areas in India.
The ministry said testing across the country has ramped up to more than 200,000 a day, bringing the total number of samples tested to nearly 7.3 million so far.
HERE YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– Infections are increasing rapidly among young Americans, a generational shift that puts them at greater risk than many realize and endangers older people crossing their path.
– New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high levels of coronavirus infections to quarantine in an announcement made because summer travel would normally accelerate.
Australian airline Qantas plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and leave 15,000 additional workers on leave while trying to survive the pandemic.
– The return of Major League Baseball at the end of July will be a 60-game sprint played in empty baseball fields under unusual rules.
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THERE’S WHAT ELSE HAPPENS:
The skyscraper-studded city of Dubai has ended its nighttime curfew on the coronavirus pandemic.
The city-state in the United Arab Emirates announced the announcement in a tweet from the government’s Dubai Media Office at the end of Wednesday.
It said that “people could move freely all day and night” as long as people wore masks and social distances.
However, the emirate also reportedly closed all bars and pubs on Tuesday after being briefly allowed to reopen, limiting lucrative alcohol sales. Dubai police, which monitor alcohol sales, and government officials did not respond to requests for comment.
The curfew began in late March and was for a time a 24-hour shutdown where people needed police permission to move on the street.
A curfew in Abu Dhabi was also lifted, although the sheikdom remains closed to other emirates during the pandemic.
HONOLULU – As of August 1, travelers arriving from the state in Hawaii can bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19.
Since late March, Hawaii has required travelers from outside the islands to stay in their hotel rooms or homes for two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The move has contributed to keeping disease levels down, but has also contributed to the collapse of the tourist industry and increased unemployment.
The plan announced Wednesday is modeled on that of Alaska, allowing travelers to avoid quarantine if they test and test negative within 72 hours of arrival. If the test result is not available on arrival, travelers must be quarantined until the result is known.
Governor David Ige has not yet set a time limit for when the tests should be conducted, but said 72 hours was reasonable.
“People have to get back to work, but it has to be done in a way that protects the health of our community,” Ige said at a news conference.
Hawaii has the lowest infection rate per capita in a US state. On Wednesday, there were 835 deaths and 17 deaths on the islands.
SYDNEY – Australian health professionals are going to test door-to-door of more than 100,000 residents at a corona virus 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 says the test aims to collect samples from half of all residents in 10 suburbs. He says the goal is to test 10,000 people daily for 10 days. The tests are free, and Andrews urges people to see testing as a civic duty.
More than 1,000 military personnel assist in the operation, while other states help process the test results.
Australia has reported more than 7,500 cases of the virus, including 104 deaths.
DAKAR, Senegal – Senegal national television says President Macky Sall goes into quarantine after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for the new corona virus.
The report said late Wednesday that 58-year-old Sall tested negative for a virus infection earlier today, but will still isolate himself. The report did not identify the person who exposed the president. A month ago, Sall’s brother was treated for the virus.
The news is raising concerns about COVID-19 in the West African nation, which now has over 6,000 confirmed cases and 93 deaths. Four of the fatalities were announced on Wednesday.
The increase in business comes after Senegal lifted restrictions on traffic between cities and shortened curfew.
CARSON CITY, Nev. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says the state will impose the use of facial coverings in public places in an effort to stem an increase in coronavirus cases four weeks after casinos, restaurants, and other businesses have reopened.
Nevada has reported more than 14,300 cases of coronavirus and 494 deaths from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.
The governor says Nevada residents should make facials “a regular part of our daily lives” to keep businesses open and people safe.
Nevada joins several states, including California, Washington and North Carolina, in making facial coverings mandatory.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported another 28 cases of coronavirus, as the country aims to suppress a flare-up of the virus, especially in the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul.
Figures released Thursday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring the country’s total to 12,563 cases, with 282 deaths. The agency says 10,974 people have recovered, while 1,307 patients are still on COVID-19 treatment.
South Korea has seen an increase in the number of infections since it relaxed the strict rules of social distance. But the daily increase has not reached the level of late February and early March, when South Korea saw hundreds of new cases every day.
The most recent cases have been associated with entertainment venues, church gatherings, a huge e-commerce warehouse and door-to-door sellers.
BEIJING – China has reported 19 recently confirmed cases of coronavirus during mass tests in Beijing, where a recent outbreak appears to have been brought under control.
Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 13 were in Beijing and one in neighboring Hebei Province. Officials say the other five were brought in by Chinese travelers from outside the country. No new deaths have been reported.
China has reported 4,634 deaths among 83,4449 cases since the virus was first discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
This month’s outbreak in Beijing infected 249 people, most of them with links to the city’s largest wholesale market. Since then, 3 million test samples have been taken from 2.43 million people in the city.
NEW YORK – Three Northeast governors impose restrictions on travelers from states with increasing COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut announced restrictions that require travelers from certain states to be quarantined for 24 days on arrival.
Quarantine applies to people who come from states with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents on a seven-day average or with a positive rate of 10% or greater over seven days.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee says his state was wrongly listed. Washington’s recent positive test rate was about 6%.
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