India On Thursday, nearly 10,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported, with hospitals submerged in the most affected cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai, and forecasts that the infection rate will not peak before the end of the month next.
The country of 1.3 billion people now has the fifth highest number of confirmed cases in the world, with 286,579. In the past 24 hours, 357 people have died from the virus, bringing the official death toll to 8,102 .
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the world situation is deteriorating, at a time when Europe appears to be above the worst of the pandemic. More than 100,000 new cases worldwide have been reported every day for most of the past two weeks, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Almost 75% of these cases came from only 10 countries, including India, the rest of the South Asia and Americas, Added Tedros. the WE recorded positive 2m tests while Russia past half a million. There has also been a slight but “steady increase” in infections in Africa, he said.
Until there Africa mostly avoided the type of rampant epidemic seen in Europe and the United States. Matshidiso Moeti, regional director for Africa at the United Nations health agency, said there were 207,617 cases in 54 countries and 5,642 deaths. Hotspots include South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon.
“Even if these cases in Africa represent less than 3% of the world total, it is clear that the pandemic is accelerating,” said Moeti. “We believe that a large number of serious cases and deaths are not missed in Africa.”
India is on the verge of a catastrophic jump in infections, particularly in the financial capital Mumbai and the state of Maharashtra. After two months of foreclosure, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now easing the measures.
Restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship across much of India are reopening and travel is gradually starting again. The easing of restrictions is due to economic factors. Millions of migrant workers expelled from work by quarantine measures are unable to feed their families.
In New Delhi, the situation is particularly dire. The city government predicted this week that the number of cases would increase by 20 times to more than half a million by the end of July. The health system seems terribly ill-prepared and uneven in the multiplication of problems.
“We don’t know when it’s going to peak,” Dr. Deven Juneja told AFP during a break from rounds at Max Private Hospital in Delhi. “We all hope for the best, but we are mentally and physically prepared for the worst.”
Juneja said the push has started to be felt in recent days, with an increase in the number of people looking for a bed. “It definitely made us increase the load. We want to treat our patients as quickly as possible and try to create more beds for our patients, ”he said.
Vinita Thakur, a nurse on duty at Covid-19, said that wearing protective coveralls for long hours during the hot Indian summer required “physical and mental courage.” “After putting on PPE, we can’t drink water, we can’t eat, we can’t even go to the bathroom,” said Thakur. “But we have to do it. We are on the front line. “
Meanwhile at Germany, the number of active cases of Covid-19 increased to 5,460 – the first increase in the total number of cases in two months. Health officials announced 555 new infections on Thursday. To date, some 8,755 people have died from the virus in Germany, with a daily increase of 26.
The increase received relatively little attention, as many of the 16 State, or the federal states, have taken new steps to ease physical distance restrictions. In the eastern state of Thuringia, expulsion measures will be definitively removed from Saturday, although the wearing of masks in shops and on public transport remains compulsory.
Elsewhere in Europe, Finland announced that it will reopen its borders to tourists from neighboring Baltic and Nordic countries, excluding Sweden, from June 15. Denmark and Norway made a similar move and kept Sweden out of their new travel arrangements due to its infection rate.
Finnish borders are expected to open to tourists from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from June 15. Tourists from other EU countries may be able to visit after July 14.
In other developments:
- Latin America left 70,000 dead, like Mexico reached a daily record of confirmed infections. Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains the most affected country in the region.
- Cuba will test all visitors for the coronavirus when it reopens for international tourism, which will initially be limited to resorts on the largest island in the Caribbean, said Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz.
New cases are increasing Balkans, main managers Bosnia, North Macedonia and Albania call on citizens to respect public health advice. The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, ended the electoral rallies before the parliamentary elections.
Beijing confirmed a new coronavirus infection, the first case of Covid-19 in the capital in almost two months. The 52-year-old patient entered a clinic on Wednesday due to a fever, according to the People’s Daily newspaper.