Latest coronavirus: more than 50,000 dead in India

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More than 50,000 people have died from COVID-19 to date in India, the country reported on Monday. More than 900 people have died in the past 24 hours, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.The South Asian giant has recorded 50,921 deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic, or 941 more than the day before, the ministry said on its website.

Last week, India overtook Britain and became the fourth country in the world where the pandemic has claimed the most deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.

With 2.6 million official cases of Covid-19, the country of 1.3 billion people is the third most contaminated country in the world, after the United States and Brazil.

Due in particular to a low screening rate, experts consider these figures to be underestimated.

Despite the increase in the number of deaths, the health ministry tweeted on Sunday that India’s death rate from the virus was “one of the lowest on the planet”, standing at less than 2%.

“The successful establishment [of a policy] aggressive testing, comprehensive surveillance and effective treatment through a series of measures have also contributed to the high level of recovery (of people) ”from the virus, the ministry added in a statement.

India instituted a brutal national lockdown at the end of March, which it lifted in early June in an attempt to revive a bloodless economy. However, many restrictions and quarantine measures between different Indian states remain in place.

The Japanese economy has hit hard

The Japanese economy contracted at an annual rate of 27.8% in April-June, the worst contraction on record, as the coronavirus pandemic slammed consumption and trade, according to government data released on Monday.

The Cabinet Office reported that Japan’s preliminary seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, or GDP, the sum of a country’s goods and services, fell 7.8% quarter on quarter.

The annual rate shows what the number would have been if it had continued for a year.

Japanese media reported that the latest drop was the worst since World War II. But the Cabinet Office said comparable records began in 1980. The previous worst contraction occurred during the global financial crisis of 2009.

The world’s third-largest economy was already struggling when the virus outbreak erupted late last year. The fallout has since gradually worsened both in COVID-19 cases and in social distancing restrictions.

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Germany deals with testing scandal

Bavarian authorities said on Sunday they still had not been able to contact 46 of the more than 900 people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus when they recently entered Germany, but have not received the results. .

The southern state of Germany admitted last week that tens of thousands of returning travelers had to wait weeks to receive their test results – among them the more than 900 who had tested positive but did not were not aware of this due to the missing results.

The bureaucratic collapse led to an uproar in Germany over fears that those who tested positive but were unaware of it could spread the virus to others.

The Bavarian government said the long delays in obtaining results were linked to problems with the software and a surprisingly high number of people wanting to be tested at newly established test centers, mainly at motorway rest areas near southern borders of the country.

Authorities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate said on Saturday there had been delays in informing people about their test results in the southwestern state. However, authorities were at least able to immediately contact anyone who tested positive.

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