Confirmed coronavirus cases in India crossed half a million on Saturday with another record jump of 18,552 infections over 24 hours.
The Department of Health also reported 384 new deaths, bringing the total to 15,685.
The country has now seen 508,953 confirmed cases of Covid-19, making it the country with the fourth highest number of cases after the United States, Brazil and Russia.
Indians wearing face masks wait to see doctors at a COVID-19 screening center inside a government-run hospital in Jammu, Saturday June 27, 2020
The push prompted authorities in the northeastern Assam state to impose a two-week lockout in the state capital, Gauhati. About 700 new cases were reported there in just four days.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the rest of Assam would be subject to a nighttime curfew and weekend closures.
He urged people to store essentials and reported a tighter lockdown where even grocery stores would be closed.
India’s capital, Delhi, which is home to 25 million people, is the most affected city in the country. Its hospitals are at a breaking point and the authorities are going deep to deal with the crisis, transforming certain hotels into makeshift coronavirus districts.
Delhi authorities have even started converting a spiritual center into a coronavirus isolation center and a 10,000-bed hospital, many of which are cardboard
Delhi authorities have even started to convert a spiritual center or ashram into a coronavirus isolation center and a 10,000-bed hospital, many of which are cardboard
“For doctors and nurses, it is part of their lives. For us, this is a whole new experience and very difficult for that, “said Ritu Yadav, director of operations at the five-star Suryaa, as the masked staff rushes to thoroughly clean the building.
“We received training from the hospital on how to wear PPE and then take it off, but it was something I never thought I should do when I chose hospitality as a career. “
Home to some of India’s most populous slums, Delhi has about 75,000 cases to date, but the city’s government predicts that figure will reach half a million by the end of July.
With newspapers full of reports of patients being turned away from overflowing hospitals, Delhi told city hotels earlier this month that they would be roped up to provide hospital care.
It also transforms wedding halls and has several hundred reused rail coaches – without air conditioning despite outside temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit).
Delhi authorities have even started converting a spiritual center or ashram into a coronavirus isolation center and a 10,000-bed hospital, many of which are cardboard.
But for hotels, the move sparked outrage in an industry already in shock because of travel restrictions.
The owners of Suryaa and four others went to court, arguing that many of the employees were over the age of 50 and were therefore themselves at high risk, with no experience in hospital care or handling biomedical waste.
Home to some of India’s most populous slums, Delhi has about 75,000 cases to date, but the city’s government predicts that figure will reach half a million by the end of July. The number of cumulative cases in India is seen above
With newspapers full of reports of refouled patients from overflowing hospitals, Delhi told city hotels earlier this month that they would be roped in to provide hospital care
“We are hospitality, not hospital,” Greesh Bindra, a senior official at the Suryaa Hotel, told AFP news agency.
“It was a shock because we were not told about it, we learned about it in the press,” Greesh Bindra, a senior manager of the hotel, told AFP.
“It is like sleeping in a hotel and the next morning when you wake up, you are told that your hotel has become a hospital. Your first reaction will be how this is possible. We are hospitality, not a hospital.
The hotel got a stay of the court – sort of.
Instead of becoming a hospital, it could act as a Covid care center, housing healing patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
He and about 30 other hotels in Delhi are expected to be attached to hospitals that will provide staff to deal with emergencies.
Hotels can charge a maximum of $ 66 per day, including meals. But they and their employees, used to changing the sheets and providing room service, had to improvise and innovate.
Using disposable plates and drawing red lines to ensure social distance, they have minimal contact with their special guests.
“You have to keep your staff safe because after all, it’s your people,” said Bindra, whose hotel will provide 200 beds.
But it is unclear whether the efforts of the Delhi government – which is bickering with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal government – will be sufficient.
India deploys thousands of cardboard beds in makeshift medical facilities as it struggles to cope with rising coronavirus cases
In the photo: A teacher from an Indian government school writes the details of a family during an investigation in a residential area of New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 27, 2020
Delhi has just over 13,000 beds for coronavirus patients in public and private hospitals. The city government predicts that it will need 80,000 beds by the end of July.
The government has canceled the leave of all health workers and plans to rally volunteers to fight the crisis.
He refused to reimpose a lock, as did the city of Chennai in the south of the country.
Many in Delhi are worried and are taking matters into their own hands.
Some resident wellness associations buy oxygen cylinders and other equipment, while using vacant apartments as isolation rooms, which indicates a lack of trust in the authorities.
“One of our residents lost his life simply because he could not get a bed on time. Then we thought we should do something at our level, “said Lokesh Munjal, head of a housing company west of Delhi.
“We don’t want to be at the mercy of government and hospitals.”
BEIJING, CHINA: Local residents queue to receive nucleic acid tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a temporary testing station on the night of June 26, 2020
BEIJING, CHINA: China’s National Health Commission said 21 cases had been confirmed nationwide in the past 24 hours, including 17 in the national capital.
Meanwhile, China reported an increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus, a day after the country’s CDC said it expected an epidemic in Beijing would soon be brought under control.
The National Health Commission said on Saturday that 21 cases had been confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, including 17 in the national capital.
City officials temporarily closed a huge wholesale food market where the virus has spread widely, closed schools and closed some neighborhoods.
According to the Chinese CDC, tests have found only a few people unrelated to the market and the measures taken mean that the risk of spread is low, the official Xinhua news agency said.
BEIJING, CHINA: Researchers wear protective coveralls before working on samples of local residents to be tested for the new coronavirus in a KingMed Diagnostics laboratory on June 25, 2020 in Beijing, China
GUANGZHOU, CHINA: A woman wearing a mask sits in her boutique in Guangzhou, June 26, 2020. China is trying to contain a second wave of cases of coronavirus, which were found mainly in Beijing
Anyone leaving Beijing must have a negative nucleic acid test within the previous seven days.
Many Chinese travel for a four-day vacation weekend that ends on Sunday.
China has reported 83,483 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths during the pandemic. People who test positive but have no symptoms are not included in the official number of cases.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Veterans and conservative activists gather in south Seoul, South Korea, June 25, 2020, marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War
South Korea has reported 51 new confirmed cases of coronavirus as new clusters continue to emerge in the densely populated region of Seoul.
They bring the national workforce to 12,653, including 282 deaths. Thirty-five of the new cases came from Seoul and neighboring towns and villages, which have been at the center of a COVID-19 resurgence since late May.
Twelve others were linked to international arrivals. Health officials are struggling to trace contacts and predict routes of infection with new clusters popping up everywhere.
Hundreds of infections have been linked to night clubs, church gatherings, restaurants, and low-income workers such as home sellers and warehouse workers.
Authorities have so far resisted calls to reimpose tighter social distancing guidelines after relaxing them in mid-April, citing concerns about a fragile economy.
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan health workers wearing protective equipment conduct COVID-19 blood tests and swab tests on shop workers in a local market in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 26, 2020
Sri Lanka reopened cinemas on Saturday as part of the island nation’s efforts to return to normal after more than two months of foreclosure to contain the coronavirus.
Customers are required to follow health guidelines such as hand washing and wearing face masks.
A seat must be left vacant between customers in order to maintain social distance, and cinemas are only allowed to reach half the capacity.
Previously, Sri Lanka has reopened places of worship, animal parks and zoos.
The country has confirmed 2,014 cases of coronavirus, including 11 deaths.