India climbs to third in world Coronavirus cases

A priest wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks in front of the body of a person who died of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as he collects wood to make a funeral pyre, at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, on 3 July 2020.

A priest wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks in front of the body of a person who died of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as he collects wood to make a funeral pyre, at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, on 3 July 2020. File photo/Reuters/Anushree Fadnavis

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ON THE WEB, 5 July 2020

An alarming surge in Coronavirus cases has now put India ranking third in the global pandemic, recording 695,396 confirmed cases of infections, with the number of fatalities reaching 19,692, according to the website ncov2019.live that tracks global records for the disease.

The United States and Brasil still top the chart, with infection cases skyrocketing in both the countries. Officials in the US issued a stark warning for people to skip the Fourth of July — Independence Day — parties on Saturday.

Since the first report of the Coronavirus infection in Kerala on 30 January, Maharashtra has become the worst hit of the outbreak in India. The southern state of Tamil Nadu is second, with the number of cases crossing 100,000. The capital Delhi follows in third with numbers touching 95,000.

India imposed one of the world’s harshest lockdowns from 25 March to control the spread of the virus, but in early June most businesses were allowed to re-open. Schools also were re-opened in many states, although they remain closed in Delhi.

The easing of the lockdown led to a surge in new infections. Health experts warn that India’s peak could still be weeks or months away, and fear that the chronically underfunded public health care system in India could be overwhelmed further to collapse.

For a country with a population of more than 1.3 billion, the infections per capita are still low — fewer than 400 per million people, and it has an even lower death rate, officially 11 deaths per million people in the population.

China, where the Coronavirus was first believed to have appeared from a wet market in Wuhan city in December last year, reported three new cases of infections on Saturday, including just one case of local transmission in the capital Beijing.

The other two cases were brought from outside the country, according to China’s National Health Commission. Strict quarantine, social distancing, and case tracing policies have helped in reducing the number of cases. Masks are required for entry into many buildings, and in some cases a person needs to show through a mobile app that they are healthy.

In the exile Tibetan community, the Queens area in New York City is believed to have the maximum number of infections. Sources say at least 200 people have been infected, with four deaths. Toronto in Canada is believed to have the second most-impacted among the Diaspora with at least 30 people diagnosed with the virus.

The Central Tibetan Administration puts the number in India as 56 infected. Two have died — one in McLeod Ganj near Dharamshala and the other in Majnu ka Tilla, Delhi. A few cases have been reported in European countries in France and Switzerland, and two have died, one each in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

The stats for the world have reached 11,466,228 people, and the disease caused by the virus called Covid-19 has killed more than half a million people in seven months, according to the ncov2019 website. Country-wise, the United States continues to lead with 2,954,999 confirmed cases, and 132,393 deaths. It recorded over 50,000 cases in a single day on Saturday.


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