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    NEW DELHI — India has recorded nearly 87,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with another 1,130 deaths. With the Health Ministry announcement Monday, India now has more than 5.4 million reported cases since the pandemic began and within weeks is expected to surpass the United States, currently the country with the most reported cases. India's total deaths in the pandemic now stand at 87,882. More than 60% of the active cases are concentrated in five of 28 Indian states: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Despite the steady increase in cases, the government has continued to relax virus restrictions in order to help an economy that contracted 24% in the second quarter. On Monday, the Taj Mahal will reopen after a six-month closure. There will be some restrictions such as compulsory mask-wearing, thermal screening of visitors and physical distancing at the monument....
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's coronavirus case tally surged to 5.4 million as it added 92,605 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Sunday. The country has posted the highest single-day caseload in the world since early August, and lags behind only the United States, which has 6.7 million cases in terms of total infections. A total of 1,113 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, taking mortalities to 86,752, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases. (Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Jacqueline Wong) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI —India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Saturday raised the nation’s caseload to more than 5.3 million out of the nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,247 more people died in the past 24 hours for a total of 85,619. The country has over a million active cases with about 80% recovery rate. India has been reporting the highest single-day rise in the world every day for more than five weeks. It's expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has faced scathing criticism from opposition lawmakers in India’s Parliament for its handling of the pandemic amid a contracting economy leaving millions jobless. More than 10 million migrant workers, out of money and fearing starvation, poured out of cities...
    NEW DELHI —India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Saturday raised the nation’s caseload to more than 5.3 million out of the nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,247 more people died in the past 24 hours for a total of 85,619. The country has over a million active cases with about 80% recovery rate. India has been reporting the highest single-day rise in the world every day for more than five weeks. It’s expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has faced scathing criticism from opposition lawmakers in India’s Parliament for its handling of the pandemic amid a contracting economy leaving millions jobless. More than 10 million migrant workers, out of money and fearing starvation, poured out of cities and headed...
    Health officials in India recorded over 96,000 new coronavirus cases in the past day as the country's outbreak shows little sign of slowing.[ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]With over 5.2 million cases, India's case count is exceeded only by the U.S., which reports 6.6 million infections. However, if India's infection rate continues as is, the country will surpass the U.S. in the coming weeks. The country's health minister said that the recovery rate is nearly 80 percent and that only 1 million cases are active. India has been reporting the largest number of new infections out of any country since early August. The total case count doubled from 2 million to 4 million in just a month. It recently overtook Brazil for the second most cases reported, and its outbreak is showing no signs of slowing down. Health officials in India report over 84,000 deaths, but...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has confirmed another record jump in coronavirus cases, logging 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said Thursday that the new cases raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.1 million since the pandemic began. It said 1,132 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 83,198. At the current rate of infection, India is expected within weeks to surpass the 6.6 million reported cases in the United States, currently the country with the most reported infections. Nationwide, India is testing more than 1 million samples per day. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon — New companies face tough task overcoming pandemic, recession — Hawaii to allow travelers to skip quarantine with virus test — UK to ration COVID-19 testing...
    NEW DELHI — India has confirmed another record jump in coronavirus cases, logging 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said Thursday that the new cases raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.1 million since the pandemic began. It said 1,132 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 83,198. At the current rate of infection, India is expected within weeks to surpass the 6.6 million reported cases in the United States, currently the country with the most reported infections. Nationwide, India is testing more than 1 million samples per day. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon — New companies face tough task overcoming pandemic, recession — Hawaii to allow travelers to skip quarantine with virus test — UK to ration COVID-19 testing amid testing failures...
    NEW DELHI — India has confirmed another record jump in coronavirus cases, logging 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said Thursday that the new cases raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.1 million since the pandemic began. It said 1,132 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 83,198. At the current rate of infection, India is expected within weeks to surpass the 6.6 million reported cases in the United States, currently the country with the most reported infections. Nationwide, India is testing more than 1 million samples per day. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon — New companies face tough task overcoming pandemic, recession — Hawaii to allow travelers to skip quarantine with virus test — UK to ration COVID-19 testing amid testing failures...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The world's second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this month alone and is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.6 million people have been infected. India's Health Ministry reported 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the total to 5,020,359, about 0.35% of the nation's nearly 1.4 billion people. Its record daily high of 97,570 cases was reported on Sept. 11. The ministry said 1,290 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 82,066, which is the third-highest toll in the world. Experts warned that India’s fatality rate could increase in coming weeks with lockdown restrictions relaxed except in...
    A rise in coronavirus cases in hotspots around the world has health experts warning that restrictions must be strictly followed in order to avoid a return to national lockdowns. In France, health officials reported its highest daily increase of infections since the pandemic began in mid-February. A total of 10,561 new COVID-19 infections were recorded Saturday, marking the first time the country has topped 10,000 new cases in a single day. BRITAIN COULD BAN LARGE SOCIAL GATHERINGS UNTIL CHRISTMAS AS EUROPE SEES RISE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES “After the joy of reuniting this summer, it’s time to be careful in the private world,” a group of doctors wrote in Le Journal de Dimanche on Sunday. “The smaller a room, the more people it contains, the less airy it is, the more you increase the risks.” France has seen a sharp uptick in new cases in recent weeks and hospitalizations have started...
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - India reported 94,372 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, taking total cases past 4.7 million, as infection numbers rose in several states amid a gradual opening up of businesses. The number of deaths rose to 78,586, with 1,114 new deaths, health ministry data showed. While several states showed a rise in infections, including the capital New Delhi and the central Chhattisgarh state, the highest numbers were from the India's biggest and richest state, Maharashtra, which reported 8,204 fresh cases. Maharashtra's Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a news briefing on Sunday urged residents to wear masks and maintain social distancing, amid growing fatigue over a drawn-out lockdown that has made many lax about taking precautions. The western state recorded its millionth coronavirus infection on Friday https://in.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-india-maharashtra/maharashtra-exceeds-1-million-coronavirus-cases-rivalling-russia-stifling-recovery-idINKBN2621JG, putting it on par with Russia in the pandemic and stifling India’s attempts to turn around the plummeting economy. The...
    NEW DELHI – India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new confirmed coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586. Even as infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world, the number of people recovering from the virus has also risen sharply. The country’s recovery rate stands at 77.77% and nearly 70,000 recoveries have been reported every day in the month of September, according to the Health Ministry. The ministry attributed India’s COVID-19 recovery pace to aggressive testing and prompt surveillance, but experts say India needs to test more due to its huge population. It’s climbed to the second worst-hit country behind the United States, and is now testing more than 1 million people every day. India’s Parliament is expected to resume work...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new confirmed coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586. Even as infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world, the number of people recovering from the virus has also risen sharply. The country’s recovery rate stands at 77.77% and nearly 70,000 recoveries have been reported every day in the month of September, according to the Health Ministry. The ministry attributed India’s COVID-19 recovery pace to aggressive testing and prompt surveillance, but experts say India needs to test more due to its huge population. It's climbed to the second worst-hit country behind the United States, and is now testing more than 1 million people every day. India’s Parliament is...
    NEW DELHI — India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new confirmed coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586. Even as infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world, the number of people recovering from the virus has also risen sharply. The country’s recovery rate stands at 77.77% and nearly 70,000 recoveries have been reported every day in the month of September, according to the Health Ministry. The ministry attributed India’s COVID-19 recovery pace to aggressive testing and prompt surveillance, but experts say India needs to test more due to its huge population. It's climbed to the second worst-hit country behind the United States, and is now testing more than 1 million people every day. India’s Parliament is expected to resume work...
    2.01 p.m. EDT02:01 A 33-year-old woman has become the first person to be fitted with an electronic ankle tracker under the state’s extended safety laws in isolation from the corona virus in Perth, Western Australia. The woman had traveled from NSW to Perth on September 1, but had to isolate herself at home for 14 days. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reported that two men visited her when police searched her. He was fined $ 1000 and transferred to an isolated hotel in Perth. On Saturday the state emergency coordinator decided it was necessary to monitor his location using the device, which will remain in place until the end of his isolation period. Since the outbreak began in August 659, WA Health has not announced on Saturday that it has dropped the total number of infections detected in the state. 1.33 p.m. EDT01:33 People...
    Officials in India reported a record spike in coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the country's case count to more than 4.4 million as worldwide deaths top 900,000.[ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]More than 95,000 cases were reported in India over the past 24 hours, according to its health ministry. Death figures were also the highest they've been in over a month, with over 1,100 documented. The ministry said the case increase was due to additional testing, but experts say they are concerned the virus is spreading beyond major cities and into smaller towns. India has been reporting the largest number of new infections out of any country since early August. The total case count doubled from 2 million to 4 million in just a month. It recently overtook Brazil for the second most cases reported, and its outbreak is showing no signs of slowing down. ...
    INDIA has officially overtaken Brazil with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world. An explosion of 90,802 new cases were registered overnight, taking the total number of coronavirus infections to 4,208,645 on Monday. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3India has officially overtaken Brazil with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world as of September 7 3A frightened Indian boy looks at his mother for comfort as a medical workers prepare to collect his swab sample for COVID-19 test at a rural health centre in Bagli, outskirts of Dharmsala, IndiaCredit: AP:Associated Press It has taken less than two weeks for India to go from three to four million cases in just 13 days. By comparison, it took Brazil 25 days and the US 16 days to see the same numbers. India is now the pandemics second-worst-hit country...
    New Delhi (CNN)"My heartbeats are heavy. It becomes difficult to catch my breath. My hands shake and get sweaty," said Aritri Paul of the terrifying panic attacks that strike more frequently since India went into coronavirus lockdown in March. India's government started easing the most severe restrictions on daily life in June, but the effects of the lockdown on residents' mental health are still emerging, as the country battles one of the most severe Covid-19 outbreaks in the world. India now has over 4 million cases of the virus, giving it the third-highest tally of recorded cases globally, behind the Unites States and Brazil."The worst are the headaches and the pain in my eyes," said Paul, who lives in Kolkata, West Bengal. "I have had more panic attacks this year than in my entire life combined." Aritri Paul says she has suffered more panic attacks during the Covid-19 pandemic.Research...
    Seventeen-year-old Arun Mommileti was devoting his time to hand sanitization long before the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior at King’s Academy in Sunnyvale launched a nonprofit called United2Care in 2017 specifically to increase access to personal hygiene products around the world, and has quickly pivoted to tackling today’s public health challenges. Arun’s global campaign began as a middle school project. His science teacher asked students to choose a social problem in the world to write about, but Arun struggled with what to pick—there were, as he points out, quite a few choices. He began to research and came across a few places that mentioned the importance of hand sanitization, and it piqued his interest. He said his dad had his own stories of growing up in a rural community in India, of how unsanitary the conditions were. “So that inspired me to try to look into it, but since I was...
    NEW DELHI — India saw another record surge of 90,632 cases in the past 24 hours, as infections spread to smaller cities and parts of rural India. According to the Health Ministry, India’s caseload reached 4,113,811, slightly short of Brazil’s confirmed 4,123,000 infections. Brazil is the second worst-hit country after the United States with 6,245,112 cases. The ministry on Sunday also reported 1,065 deaths for a total of 70,626. More than 1 million cases have been detected in India in less than two weeks. Authorities say India’s daily testing exceeds 1 million now. Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health expert, said India is seeing a resurgence with over 70% of its nearly 1.4 billion people still susceptible to infections. “We could say that we are seeing some sort of a second wave in certain parts of the country.” India’s recovery rate was 77.23%, leading to a decline in fatality...
    India's coronavirus caseload surpassed 4 million on Saturday, deepening misery in the country's vast hinterlands, where surges have crippled the underfunded health care system. Initially, the virus ravaged India's sprawling and densely populated cities. It has since stretched to almost every state, spreading through villages and small towns. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, India's massive caseload isn't surprising experts. The country's delayed response to the virus forced the government to implement a strict lockdown in late March. For more than two months, the economy remained shuttered, buying time for health workers to prepare for the worst. But with the cost of the restrictions also rising, authorities saw no choice but to reopen businesses and everyday activities. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Most of India's cases are in western Maharashtra state and the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. But new...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus caseload surpassed 4 million on Saturday, deepening misery in the country’s vast hinterlands, where surges have crippled the underfunded health care system. Initially, the virus ravaged India’s sprawling and densely populated cities. It has since stretched to almost every state, spreading through villages and small towns. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, India’s massive caseload isn’t surprising experts. The country’s delayed response to the virus forced the government to implement a strict lockdown in late March. For more than two months, the economy remained shuttered, buying time for health workers to prepare for the worst. But with the cost of the restrictions also rising, authorities saw no choice but to reopen businesses and everyday activities. Most of India’s cases are in western Maharashtra state and the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. But new surges are popping up...
    NEW DELHI — India has registered a record new 78,761 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the worst single-day spike in the world, as the government continues to further ease pandemic restrictions nationwide. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 948 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 63,498. India now has the fastest-growing daily coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, and has reported more than 75,000 infections for the fourth consecutive day. Sunday’s surge has raised the country’s total virus tally to over 3.5 million and comes at a time when India is reopening its subway networks and allowing sports and religious events in a limited manner from next month as part of efforts to revive the economy. The crowded subway, a lifeline for millions of people in capital New Delhi, will be reopened in a phased manner from Sept. 7. Schools...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has reported more than 67,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, raising the country’s number of reported infections to 3.2 million with 1.5 million reported infections coming this month alone. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported 1,059 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities from the pandemic to 59,449. India has been recording more than 60,000 new infections per day for the last two weeks, reaching a peak of 69,652 cases on Aug. 19. New reported infections dropped to around 61,000 on Monday and Tuesday, but picked up again in the past 24 hours. The ministry said India’s recovery rate was now around 76% with a fatality rate of 1.84%. Even though the country of nearly 1.4 billion people has been slowly opening up to heal the economy, areas identified as most affected by the virus continue...
    NEW DELHI — India has reported more than 67,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, raising the country’s number of reported infections to 3.2 million with 1.5 million reported infections coming this month alone. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported 1,059 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities from the pandemic to 59,449. India has been recording more than 60,000 new infections per day for the last two weeks, reaching a peak of 69,652 cases on Aug. 19. New reported infections dropped to around 61,000 on Monday and Tuesday, but picked up again in the past 24 hours. The ministry said India’s recovery rate was now around 76% with a fatality rate of 1.84%. Even though the country of nearly 1.4 billion people has been slowly opening up to heal the economy, areas identified as most affected by the virus continue to remain...
    By Sachin Ravikumar, Derek Francis and Nivedita Bhattacharjee BENGALURU, India (Reuters) - On June 9, an Indian health education minister posted an infographic on Twitter showing COVID-19 infections and deaths in the city of Bengaluru were running about half the rate in New Zealand, a country acclaimed globally for reining in the disease. The city — which has more than double the population of New Zealand — "stumps the Kiwis," said the caption to the image posted by Sudhakar K., who is responsible for medical education in the southern state of Karnataka. Bengaluru, known to many as Bangalore, is the capital of the state. His tweet was liked and retweeted by thousands. But the celebration was short-lived. At the time, only about 450 cases of the novel coronavirus had been recorded among Bangalore's population of more than 12.5 million, compared with more than 260,000 cases across India and about 1,150...
    NEW DELHI — Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the first widespread measure of the toll says India with its abrupt, months-long lockdown has been hit especially hard. Several months into the pandemic, many women now have second-trimester pregnancies because they could not find care in time. Across 37 countries, nearly 2 million fewer women received services between January and June than in the same period last year, Marie Stopes International says in a new report — 1.3 million in India alone. The organization expects 900,000 unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result, along with 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths. Those numbers “will likely be greatly amplified” if services falter elsewhere in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Marie Stopes’ director of global evidence, Kathryn Church, has said. The World Health Organization this...
    Millions of women and girls around the world have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services – Themba Hadebe /AP Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the first widespread measure of the toll says India with its abrupt, months-long lockdown has been hit especially hard. Several months into the pandemic, many women now have second-trimester pregnancies because they could not find care in time. Across 37 countries, nearly 2 million fewer women received services between January and June than in the same period last year, Marie Stopes International says in a new report – 1.3 million in India alone. The organization expects 900,000 unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result, along with 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths. Those numbers “will likely be greatly amplified” if services falter elsewhere in Latin America, Africa...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the first widespread measure of the toll says India with its abrupt, months-long lockdown has been hit especially hard. Several months into the pandemic, many women now have second-trimester pregnancies because they could not find care in time. Across 37 countries, nearly 2 million fewer women received services between January and June than in the same period last year, Marie Stopes International says in a new report — 1.3 million in India alone. The organization expects 900,000 unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result, along with 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths. Those numbers “will likely be greatly amplified” if services falter elsewhere in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Marie Stopes’ director of global evidence, Kathryn Church, has said. The World Health Organization...
    NEW DELHI — India reported 1,092 new fatalities from COVID-19 on Wednesday, its highest single-day total. India has the fourth-most deaths in the world and the third-most cases, with over 2.7 million — including more than 64,000 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. The actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to limited testing. Four of India’s 28 states now account for 63% of total fatalities and 54.6% of the caseload. The western state of Maharashtra and the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are the country’s worst-hit regions. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Baby boom ahead as COVID-19 kept millions of women from care — Colleges grapple with coronavirus as students return — Lives Lost: ‘Warrior’ fought for slave descendants in Brazil — A widely used coronavirus...
    Sanjay Dutt will continue with his preliminary treatment in Mumbai and the same has been confirmed by his wife, Maanayata Dutt. He’s currently undergoing treatment at Lilavati Hospital and the doctor treating him has revealed how eager he is to get back to his work. Sanjay had earlier announced a break from his professional life to undergo his medical treatment. While no details were revealed then, it was later realised to be a cancer treatment. The actor was diagnosed with lung cancer and the treatment for which has already begun. Sanjay Dutt’s Wife Maanayata Dutt Confirms His Preliminary Treatment will Happen in Mumbai, Also Requests Everyone to Stop Speculating the Stage of his Illness (Read Statement). When India TV got in touch with the Dr Jalil Parkar, who’s treating Dutt at Lilavati hospital, he said, “It took him a while to hear about his illness for the first time and...
    By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL and CARA ANNA, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the first widespread measure of the toll says India with its abrupt, months-long lockdown has been hit especially hard. Several months into the pandemic, many women now have second-trimester pregnancies because they could not find care in time. Across 37 countries, nearly 2 million fewer women received services between January and June than in the same period last year, Marie Stopes International says in a new report — 1.3 million in India alone. The organization expects 900,000 unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result, along with 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths. Those numbers “will likely be greatly amplified” if services falter elsewhere in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Marie Stopes’ director of global evidence,...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the first widespread measure of the toll says India with its abrupt, months-long lockdown has been hit especially hard. Several months into the pandemic, many women now have second-trimester pregnancies because they could not find care in time. Across 37 countries, nearly 2 million fewer women received services between January and June than in the same period last year, Marie Stopes International says in a new report — 1.3 million in India alone. The organization expects 900,000 unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result, along with 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths. Those numbers “will likely be greatly amplified” if services falter elsewhere in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Marie Stopes’ director of global evidence, Kathryn Church, has said. The World Health...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India's number of reported fatalities from the coronavirus has crossed 50,000 after 941 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. With a total of 50,921 reported deaths, India now has the fourth most reported fatalities from the virus in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico. India’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases also crossed 2.6 million on Monday after a spike of 57,982 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. India is behind the United States and Brazil in total reported cases. August has seen a big spike in fatalities with more than a quarter of the country’s total coronavirus deaths coming in the past 17 days. The Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body, said that more than 731,697 samples were tested for the virus on Sunday. India has conducted nearly...
    NEW DELHI — India’s number of reported fatalities from the coronavirus has crossed 50,000 after 941 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. With a total of 50,921 reported deaths, India now has the fourth most reported fatalities from the virus in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico. India’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases also crossed 2.6 million on Monday after a spike of 57,982 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. India is behind the United States and Brazil in total reported cases. August has seen a big spike in fatalities with more than a quarter of the country’s total coronavirus deaths coming in the past 17 days. The Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body, said that more than 731,697 samples were tested for the virus on Sunday. India has conducted nearly 30 million tests...
    There are still some concerns about the safety of the data. If someone steals your card, can they access and manipulate your info? For that matter, the move also raises questions about the security of the database and the potential difficulties if you don’t have your card in an emergency. There wasn’t a mention of a timeframe for when the cards would be ready. The move comes just as India wants every village in the country to be connected with fiber optic cable in the next 1,000 days. There’s certainly pressure to rethink data. India has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with tens of thousands of new infections per day. Health ID cards won’t necessarily be ready in time to meaningfully address COVID-19, but they could help contain similar diseases by ensuring consistent treatment and vaccine delivery. However, this assumes the card system works as well as promised —...
    By Krishna N. Das and Sudarshan Varadhan BAIHATA CHARIALI/KARALAPAKKAM, India (Reuters) - Harmahan Deka doesn't wear a mask anymore to avoid the novel coronavirus nor does he try to keep a safe distance from others. For the 25 men and women he works with in his construction materials business near the small town of Baihata Chariali in India's Assam state, life is more or less as it used to be, Deka says. "The virus can't attack me, it's weakened," the 50-year-old diabetic said. "I often hang out at a busy neighbourhood grocery store - without masks, nothing. Both the store owner and I are fine. Maybe we've had it already without symptoms." In two dozen small towns and villages visited by Reuters reporters in recent weeks, people have largely given up on social distancing and masks after months of sticking to the rules, believing the virus is not such a...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported 53,601 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday as its total infections neared 2.3 million. The Health Ministry also said 871 deaths were newly reported, raising total fatalities to 45,257. India has been posting an average of around 50,000 new cases a day since mid-June. Its total infections are third in the world, behind the United States and Brazil. The three countries account for half of the world's 20 million cases. The true numbers around the world are thought to be much higher because of factors including low testing and the possibility the virus can be spread by people who don't have symptoms. The Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body, said nearly 25 million samples have been tested. Health experts, however, say the country needs to test more people given its big population. A country of 1.4 billion people, India has been...
    PATNA, India (AP) — Monsoon floods have swamped large parts of India’s densely populated Bihar state and displaced more than 300,000 people by Friday, officials said, exacerbating the risk of the coronavirus and stymieing its response to the pandemic. The floods have killed at least 24 people in the state, where heavy rain has submerged thousands of villages in 14 districts and pushed the already feeble health care system to the wall. More than 300,000 villagers have been evacuated to relief camps and officials warned of further cloudbursts and heavy rain in the next two days. India’s National Disaster Response Force said it had deployed 28 of its teams to help with rescue and relief work. Every year the state faces perennial flooding by the rivers originating from neighboring Nepal that affects millions, but doctors and experts said the bigger worry this year is the rapidly spreading coronavirus. So far,...
    By Adnan Abidi and Sunil Kataria NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Mansoor Khan and his wife Latifa Bibi have been collecting scraps of plastic and other items at an enormous landfill site on the outskirts of New Delhi for nearly 20 years. Their $5 daily earnings each keep their three children at school, in search of a better future than their parents' lives amid the stench of rotting garbage. But over the past few months, increasing amounts of biomedical waste have been arriving at the dump - a result, experts say, of the novel coronavirus pandemic and a huge risk for those who work there. Spread over 52 acres and rising more than 60 metres, the site is littered with used, plastic coronavirus test kits, protective gear and cotton stained with blood and pus – among hundreds of tonnes of waste coming daily from across the Indian capital, including small hospitals...
    By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India has cancelled a historic Hindu pilgrimage to a holy cave high in the snow-capped mountains of contested Kashmir for the first time, as cases of the novel coronavirus continued to rise on Wednesday. There were 37,724 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, according to federal health data released on Wednesday. India has reported almost 1.2 million cases overall, behind only the United States and Brazil. Organisers of the Amarnath Yatra, where saffron-clad Hindu ascetics walk 46 km (28 miles) to the cave across glaciers and waterlogged trails, said a "very sharp" spike in coronavirus cases had forced the cancellation. "The health concerns are so serious that the strain on the health system, along with the diversion in resources to the Yatra, will be immense," said a statement by the organising committee released late on Tuesday. A strict lockdown was reimposed...
    (CNN)Days before India lifted its nationwide lockdown on June 1, the country's health ministry issued a press statement with a triumphant headline. "15 countries with highest number of Covid-19 cases, with almost same population as India, have reported 34 times cases and 83 times deaths as reported in India," it said.Fewer than 60 days later, India has reached a million Covid-19 cases. It is now third on the Johns Hopkins University tally of country cases, following the US and Brazil. Far from flattening the curve, India's graph of transmission is swinging skyward like a Mo Salah free kick.Shankkar Aiyar is a prominent India-based political economy analyst, columnist and author.Since June 1, cases per day have multiplied -- from 8,100 to more than 32,000 -- while total deaths surged from 5,600 to about 25,000. It has been argued that India's count of cases per million people is relatively low and so...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa was poised on Saturday to join the top five countries most affected by the coronavirus, while breathtaking numbers around the world were a reminder a return to normal life is still far from sight. Confirmed virus cases worldwide have topped 14 million and deaths have surpassed 600,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data, a day after the World Health Organization reported a single-day record of new infections at over 237,000. Death tolls in the United States are reaching new highs, and India’s infections are over 1 million. Iran’s president made the startling announcement that as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Hassan Rouhani cited a new Health Ministry study that has not been made publicly available. Iran has seen the worst outbreak in the Middle East with more than 270,000 confirmed cases. Experts believe the...
    MITO, Japan (AP) — Fresh coronavirus outbreaks, even in places as far flung as China’s western Xinjiang region, are prompting worldwide moves to guard against the pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases globally approaches 14 million. India on Friday said it had surpassed 1 million cases, third only to the United States and Brazil, with more than 25,000 deaths. That followed Brazil’s announcement Thursday evening that the country had passed 2 million confirmed cases and 76,000 deaths — 1,000 fatalities a day, on average, since late May on a gruesome plateau that has yet to tilt downward. India’s grim milestone drove home concerns over the country’s readiness to deal with an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. In Bangalore, a city that prides itself as the center of of Indian technology innovation, the government ordered a weeklong lockdown that began Tuesday...
    NEW DELHI — India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. A surge of 34.956 new cases in the past 24 hours took the national total to 1,003,832. The Health Ministry also reported a record number of 687 deaths for a total of 25,602. It said 635,757 people have recovered and the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%. The grim milestone comes at a time when several Indian states are imposing focused lockdowns to stem the outbreak amid frantic efforts by local governments to protect the economy. So far, three states — Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu — have accounted for more than half of total cases. But in India’s vast countryside, which is much less prepared and...
    By ELAINE KURTENBACH and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press MITO, Japan (AP) — Fresh coronavirus outbreaks, even in places as far flung as China’s western Xinjiang region, are prompting worldwide moves to guard against the pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases globally approaches 14 million. India on Friday said it had surpassed 1 million cases, third only to the United States and Brazil, with nearly 25,000 deaths. The grim milestone drove home concerns over the country's readiness to deal with an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. In Bangalore, a city that prides itself as the center of of Indian technology innovation, the government ordered a weeklong lockdown that began Tuesday evening after the cases surged exponentially. Local governments are frantically trying to quash outbreaks and keep their economies running as the pandemic spreads in the vast countryside. “The acceleration in cases...
    NEW DELHI — India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. A surge of 34.956 new cases in the past 24 hours took the national total to 1,003,832. The Health Ministry also reported a record number of 687 deaths for a total of 25,602. It said 635,757 people have recovered and the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%. The grim milestone comes at a time when several Indian states are imposing focused lockdowns to stem the outbreak amid frantic efforts by local governments to protect the economy. So far, three states — Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu — have accounted for more than half of total cases. But in India’s vast countryside, which is much less prepared and...
    NEW DELHI, India (AP) — From high up in the Himalayan valley of Kashmir to the seemingly endless sprawl of beaches in Kanyakumari, the virus despair has stretched across the large swathes of India, overwhelming its hospitals and burial grounds. On Friday, the confirmed cases passed 1 million, still soaring at an alarming pace, as the Indian government looks to confront an inevitable surge that could test the country’s feeble health care system. But because testing has been limited, official statistics cannot capture the full picture. Yet, the virus has already brought immense grief to Indians. Nearly 25,000 people have died so far. The already ailing economy has been severely hit. Millions of migrants have been forced to return to the countryside due to job losses and hunger during lockdown, triggering an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The virus, like elsewhere in the world, has also upended religious ceremonies for the dead,...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's cases of novel coronavirus crossed the million mark, the health ministry data showed on Friday, as infections spread out into the smaller towns and the countryside following the lifting of a vast lockdown. Only the United States and Brazil have a higher number of cases. India's total deaths stood at 25,602 the health ministry said. (Reporting by Chandini Monappa and Derek Francis; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By SHEIKH SAALIQ and ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — India inched closer to 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. The Health Ministry has reported nearly 25,000 deaths and 612,814 recoveries so far. The grim milestone comes at a time when several Indian states are imposing focused lockdowns to stem the outbreak amid frantic efforts by local governments to protect the economy. So far, three states — Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu — have accounted for more than half of total cases. But in India’s vast countryside, which is much less prepared and with weaker health care, the pandemic is clearly growing. “The acceleration in cases remains the main challenge for India in the coming days,” said Dr....
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India inched closer to 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. The Health Ministry has reported nearly 25,000 deaths and 612,814 recoveries so far. The grim milestone comes at a time when several Indian states are imposing focused lockdowns to stem the outbreak amid frantic efforts by local governments to protect the economy. So far, three states — Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu — have accounted for more than half of total cases. But in India’s vast countryside, which is much less prepared and with weaker health care, the pandemic is clearly growing. “The acceleration in cases remains the main challenge for India in the coming days,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global...
    NEW DELHI, India (AP) — From high up in the Himalayan valley of Kashmir to the seemingly endless sprawl of beaches in Kanyakumari, the virus despair has stretched across the large swathes of India, overwhelming its hospitals and burial grounds. On Friday, the reported cases approached a million, still soaring at an alarming pace, as the Indian government looks to confront an inevitable surge that could test the country’s feeble health care system. But because testing has been limited, official statistics cannot capture the full picture. Yet, the virus has already brought immense grief to Indians. Nearly 25,000 people have died so far. The already ailing economy has been severely hit. Millions of migrants have been forced to return to the countryside due to job losses and hunger during lockdown, triggering an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The virus, like elsewhere in the world, has also upended religious ceremonies for the dead,...
    GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Monsoon floods have swamped large parts of India's densely populated eastern states, forcing more than a million people into makeshift shelters despite the risk of coronavirus, senior officials said on Thursday. Torrential annual rains are crucial for agriculture in South Asia, but this year India is also grappling with the virus, which has infected 968,875 people and killed 24,915, health authorities say. The floods have killed at least 10 people and injured more than 70 in the states of Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand, where heavy rain has submerged thousands of villages in the past 24 hours as authorities battle to ensure social distancing in relief camps. "We have floods taking a deadly turn and simultaneously we are fighting the pandemic spreading its tentacles everywhere," Assam's health minister, Hemant Biswa Sarma, told Reuters. At a time when world attention is focused on the crisis in the United...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's virus cases surged another 32,695 as of Thursday, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa two weeks after it was reopened to tourists. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 968,876. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported a record number of 606 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 24,915. The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%. The actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons including limited testing. The Indian Medical Association, a voluntary organization of Indian doctors, said 99 doctors have died and another 1,302 infected with coronavirus. It called for shortening of working hours for health workers following safety concerns. It also said the fatality rate...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s virus cases surged another 32,695 as of Thursday, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa two weeks after it was reopened to tourists. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 968,876. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported a record number of 606 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 24,915. The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%. The actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons including limited testing. The Indian Medical Association, a voluntary organization of Indian doctors, said 99 doctors have died and another 1,302 infected with coronavirus. It called for shortening of working hours for health workers following safety concerns. It also said the fatality rate...
    ICMR said 3,20,161 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till July 14. (Representational) New Delhi: Coronavirus Live Updates: India saw a record single-day jump of 32,695 COVID-19 cases pushing the tally to 9,68,876 on Thursday, while the number of deaths climbed to 24,915 with 606 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data. This is the first time that COVID-19 cases crossed the 30,000-mark. The number of recoveries stands at 6,12,815, the data said. “Thus, around 63.25 per cent of patients have recovered so far,” an official said.  According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 1,24,12,664 samples have been tested up to July 14 with 3,20,161 samples being tested on Tuesday. Of the 582 deaths reported on Wednesday, 213 are from Maharashtra, 85 from Karnataka, 67 from Tamil Nadu, 43 from Andhra Pradesh, 35 from Delhi, 28 from Uttar Pradesh, 24 from West Bengal, 14 each from Bihar and Gujarat, 10...
    As India’s confirmed coronavirus cases approach 1 million, lockdowns are being reimposed in parts of the country as local governments try to shield the health system from being overwhelmed. India on Wednesday reported nearly 30,000 new cases and 582 more deaths, raising its totals to more than 936,000 cases and over 24,000 fatalities. The actual numbers, like elsewhere globally, are likely to be far higher due to limited testing and poor surveillance, experts say. INDIAN MAN ATTACKS FEMALE EMPLOYEE WHO ASKED HE WEAR A FACE MASK Indian people form a queue to get a nasal swab test for the coronavirus at Government Fever hospital in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. India is the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) A two-week lockdown that starts Thursday has been imposed in Bihar, an eastern state with a population of 128 million and a fragile...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload is approaching 1 million with a surge of 29,429 in the past 24 hours, prompting authorities to reimpose lockdowns in high-risk areas in nearly a dozen states. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 936,181. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported another 582 deaths for a total to 24,309. A two-week lockdown was imposed Wednesday in eastern Bihar state, where nearly 2.5 million migrant workers have returned home after losing jobs in other parts of the country and further spread the virus. India’s key southern technology hub, Bangalore, where the offices of Microsoft, Apple and Amazon are located, was also put under a weeklong lockdown Wednesday. About a dozen other states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam, have also put high-risk areas in lockdown, allowing only essential food supplies and health services. India’s Health Minister...
    NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload is approaching 1 million with a surge of 29,429 in the past 24 hours, prompting authorities to reimpose lockdowns in high-risk areas in nearly a dozen states. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 936,181. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported another 582 deaths for a total to 24,309. A two-week lockdown was imposed Wednesday in eastern Bihar state, where nearly 2.5 million migrant workers have returned home after losing jobs in other parts of the country and further spread the virus. India’s key southern technology hub, Bangalore, where the offices of Microsoft, Apple and Amazon are located, was also put under a weeklong lockdown Wednesday. About a dozen other states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam, have also put high-risk areas in lockdown, allowing only essential food supplies and health services. India’s Health Minister Harsh...
    By Nupur Anand MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's most famous film star Amitabh Bachchan, and his son Abhishek, are in stable condition after testing positive for the coronavirus, a hospital official and government health authorities said on Sunday. The 77-year-old legendary actor said in a tweet on Saturday night that he had tested positive for the highly infectious virus. Within minutes, his actor son Abhishek Bachchan, 44, tweeted that he had also tested positive. Both were moved to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai despite showing only mild symptoms and the father-son duo appealed to their millions of fans to stay calm. On Sunday, an official at Nanavati and government health officials in Mumbai said both the father and son were in stable condition. Reports were awaited on the condition of Amitabh Bachchan's wife Jaya and Abhishek's wife Aishwarya, both also highly regarded actors. Meanwhile civic authorities launched a massive sanitising drill...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the pandemic, as the wealthy hoard medical equipment and use private hospitals and the poor crowd into overwhelmed public facilities. Globally more than 12.5 million people have been infected by the virus and over 560,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Experts say the pandemic’s true toll is much higher due to testing shortages, poor data collection in some nations and other issues. Some of the worst-affected countries are among the world’s most unequal. South Africa leads them all on that measure, with the pandemic exposing the gap in care. In Johannesburg, the epicenter of South Africa’s outbreak, badly needed oxygen concentrators that help...
    By CARA ANNA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its total passed 800,000. Inequality concerns are growing as health workers seek better protection while some among the rich are hoarding equipment at home. Globally more than 12 million people have been infected by the virus, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. More than a half-million have died. Shortages of testing materials and poor data collection in some countries mean the true numbers are unknown. Some of the worst-affected nations are among the world’s most unequal. South Africa leads them all, with the pandemic exposing the gap in care. In Johannesburg at South Africa’s epicenter, badly-needed oxygen concentrators, which help people with COVID-19 breathe, are hard to find as private businesses and individuals are...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus cases have passed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases in the past 24 hours, causing nearly a dozen states to impose a partial lockdown in high-risk areas. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 820,916. The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 519 deaths for a total of 22,123. A surge in infections saw the cases jumping from 600,000 to more than 800,000 in nine days. The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at more than 62%. Eight of India’s 28 states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi, account for nearly 90% of all infections. The most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with nearly 230 million people, imposed a weekend lockdown while several others announced restrictions in districts reporting major spikes. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS...
    NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus cases have passed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases in the past 24 hours, causing nearly a dozen states to impose a partial lockdown in high-risk areas. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 820,916. The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 519 deaths for a total of 22,123. A surge in infections saw the cases jumping from 600,000 to more than 800,000 in nine days. The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at more than 62%. Eight of India’s 28 states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi, account for nearly 90% of all infections. The most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with nearly 230 million people, imposed a weekend lockdown while several others announced restrictions in districts reporting major spikes. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: —...
    By EMILY SCHMALL and ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — In just three weeks, India went from the world’s sixth to the third-worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India's fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in infections. Here is where India stands in its battle against the virus: STEADY CLIMB, MULTIPLE PEAKS India has tallied 793,802 infections and more than 21,600 deaths, with cases doubling every three weeks. It's testing more than 250,000 samples daily after months of sluggishness, but experts say this is insufficient for a country of nearly 1.4 billion people. “This whole thing about the ‘peak’ is a false bogey because we won’t have one peak in India, but a series of peaks,” said Dr. Anant Bhan, a bioethics and global health researcher....
    NEW DELHI (AP) — In just three weeks, India went from the world’s sixth to the third-worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India’s fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in infections. Here is where India stands in its battle against the virus: STEADY CLIMB, MULTIPLE PEAKS India has tallied 793,802 infections and more than 21,600 deaths, with cases doubling every three weeks. It’s testing more than 250,000 samples daily after months of sluggishness, but experts say this is insufficient for a country of nearly 1.4 billion people. “This whole thing about the ‘peak’ is a false bogey because we won’t have one peak in India, but a series of peaks,” said Dr. Anant Bhan, a bioethics and global health researcher. He pointed out that the capital of New...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — In just three weeks, India went from the world’s sixth to the third-worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India’s fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in infections. Here is where India stands in its battle against the virus: STEADY CLIMB, MULTIPLE PEAKS India has tallied 793,802 infections and more than 21,600 deaths, with cases doubling every three weeks. It’s testing more than 250,000 samples daily after months of sluggishness, but experts say this is insufficient for a country of nearly 1.4 billion people. “This whole thing about the ‘peak’ is a false bogey because we won’t have one peak in India, but a series of peaks,” said Dr. Anant Bhan, a bioethics and global health researcher. He pointed out that the capital of...
    Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens in the course of a Senate Well being, Instruction, Labor and Pensions Committee listening to in Washington, DC, on June 30. Al Drago/Pool/Getty Pictures The United States’ major infectious condition skilled, Dr. Anthony Fauci, reported White Residence coronavirus process force chief Vice President Mike Pence is carrying out “a incredibly great work.” Fauci and process power coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx often audio the alarm about the pandemic at briefings or in interviews, although Pence has touted what a very good career the Trump administration is performing. “He is making an attempt in his role as the vice president to seriously, in a specified sense, also point out some of the factors that are likely nicely,” Fauci explained to the Wall Avenue Journal in a podcast Wednesday.  “So, he is a particular person who’s an optimistic human being...
    By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's leading clinical research agency said Saturday its decision to fast-track development of a potential coronavirus vaccine was in line with international standards, after health experts raised concerns about the schedule for clinical trials. The Indian Council of Medical Research issued a statement after a letter was leaked on Friday showing ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava as saying the agency "envisaged" launch of the vaccine for public health use by Aug. 15, with the aim to begin patient enrolment for human trials by July 7. The vaccine, being jointly developed by India's Bharat Biotech and ICMR, is one of several candidates being tested globally to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccine trials usually take years to complete, though regulators have allowed testing on some potential vaccines to be fast-tracked in light of the public health emergency. The ICMR's timeline drew criticism https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-india-bharat-biote/health-experts-cast-doubt-on-indias-timeline-for-covid-vaccine-idUSKBN2440Y7 from health experts...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India reported another single-day record high of new virus cases Friday while its monuments like the Taj Mahal will reopen for tourists next week. The 20,903 new cases took the national total to 625,544. The Health Ministry also reported another 379 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking fatalities up to 18,213. With the current rate of infections, India is expected to surpass Russia’s 660,000 cases in coming days and become the third worst-hit country after the United States and Brazil. It has the eighth-most fatalities in the world, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, but both numbers are thought to be far higher than has been confirmed around the world. After a strict two-month lockdown, India has eased its restrictions in most of the country except for the highest-risk areas. The Culture Ministry decided to reopen all monuments Monday with a...
    NEW DELHI — India reported another single-day record high of new virus cases Friday while its monuments like the Taj Mahal will reopen for tourists next week. The 20,903 new cases took the national total to 625,544. The Health Ministry also reported another 379 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking fatalities up to 18,213. With the current rate of infections, India is expected to surpass Russia’s 660,000 cases in coming days and become the third worst-hit country after the United States and Brazil. It has the eighth-most fatalities in the world, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, but both numbers are thought to be far higher than has been confirmed around the world. After a strict two-month lockdown, India has eased its restrictions in most of the country except for the highest-risk areas. The Culture Ministry decided to reopen all monuments Monday with a cap on the number...
    A total of 400 friends have been analyzed after the marriage, which took area two weeks ago in Paliganj, in the condition of Bihar, stated Kishore Chaudhary, the main clinical officer in Patna. All those who analyzed favourable have been taken to a local treatment centre, Chaudhary advised CNN on Thursday. The groom was ill right before the wedding on June 15, according to Surendra Kumar, district official in Paliganj, and his condition was worsening. He had traveled from Gurgaon, in the northern condition of Haryana, for the wedding day, Kumar told CNN. The distance concerning the two towns is extra than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) by street. The spouse and children took him to a regional health practitioner exactly where he was presented medicine, but the medical professional did not flag his signs or symptoms to the district authorities and he was not analyzed for coronavirus, claimed Kumar. “The...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has topped 600,000, with health authorities reporting 19,148 new cases in the past 24 hours. As of Thursday, India's virus tally stood at 604,641 infections, with 100,000 of those infections reported in the past four days. India’s Health Ministry said the death toll from the virus was now 17,834 people. The worst hit three states, including those home to the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, account for more than 60% of the country’s cases. Despite the surge in infections, the western beach of state of Goa, a popular backpacking destination, opened for tourism on Thursday with the state government allowing 250 hotels to reopen after more than three months. Tourists will either have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates or get tested on arrival. The state has so far reported 1,387 positive cases with four...
    By Rupam Jain MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's coronavirus infections surpassed 600,000 on Thursday, with 17,834 deaths, as authorities battled to contain the pandemic while easing lockdown rules, officials and the health ministry said. The increase presents a severe challenge for India's strained medical capacity and overburdened health system. An easing phase called "Unlock 2" was announced on Monday, allowing more economic activities to resume even as some densely populated containment zones stay under lockdown. (Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.) (Reporting by Rupam Jain; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    NEW DELHI — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has topped 600,000, with health authorities reporting 19,148 new cases in the past 24 hours. As of Thursday, India’s virus tally stood at 604,641 infections, with 100,000 of those infections reported in the past four days. India’s Health Ministry said the death toll from the virus was now 17,834 people. The worst hit three states, including those home to the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, account for more than 60% of the country’s cases. Despite the surge in infections, the western beach of state of Goa, a popular backpacking destination, opened for tourism on Thursday with the state government allowing 250 hotels to reopen after more than three months. Tourists will either have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates or get tested on arrival. The state has so far reported 1,387 positive cases with four deaths. Many industries and...
    The milestone of one million Covid-19 cases could be reached in July in India. The vast state of Asia is currently the 4th most affected country in the world. A total of 15,685 deaths The Indian government released the latest assessment of the epidemic this Saturday. coronavirus. TheIndia which comes in 4th place in the ranking of the countries most affected by the disease lists more than 500,000 cases. A record of some 18,500 new infections was recorded in one day when the country has not yet reached its peak, note the epidemiologists. They expect a million cases in July. In addition, this vast Asian country has 15,685 deaths. Wider spread of the disease The situation is complicated by New Delhi with nearly 80,000 cases of coronavirus detected. The Indian Capital Municipality’s forecast is 500,000 cases by the end of July. Wagons, hotels and party halls were also requisitioned to...
    Confirmed cases of coronavirus in India exceeded 500,000 after the country recorded a record 18,552 in the past 24 hours, which led the authorities to quarantine a state capital of almost 1 million inhabitants. The Ministry of Health reported in addition to 384 deaths from the new virus in the same period, bringing the total to 15,685 in the second most populous country in the world. The ministry said the total number of confirmed cases reached 508,953 after yesterday’s record, the BBC reported. The sustained increase in contagions led the authorities of the northern state of Assam to put under a two-week total quarantine to the state capital, Gauhati, where about 700 new cases were registered in just four days. Gauhati has more than 900,000 inhabitants, and India 1,300 million. State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a nocturnal curfew and quarantine will be enacted in the rest of...
    India's official coronavirus death toll leapt by more than 2,000 to reach 11,903 on Wednesday as Germany advised its nationals to consider leaving the country because of growing health risks. Mumbai revised its toll up by 862 to 3,165 because of unspecified accounting 'discrepancies' while New Delhi saw a record jump of more than 400 deaths, taking its total to more than 1,800. It was not immediately clear how many of the deaths had occurred in the past 24 hours and how many were from adjustments over a longer period. The pandemic has badly hit India's densely populated major cities and Chennai ordered a new lockdown from Friday because of a surge in cases that will last until the end of June. Pictured: People wearing protective gear carry an abandoned body of a victim who died from coronavirus, during a burial at a graveyard in Chennai on June 16,...
    NEW DELHI - India’s home minister has offered 500 railway carriages for use as makeshift coronavirus hospital wards as the capital New Delhi struggles to contain a spike in cases. Amit Shah, India’s second-most powerful politician after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was set to convene a meeting Monday with all major political parties represented on the deteriorating situation in the capital. Delhi has about 9,000 beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients among public and private hospitals, but a state government panel of experts has said that Delhi will need at least 15,000 beds by the end of June. TOP STORIES D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House Trump campaign says ticket requests for Oklahoma rally surpass 800,000 Goofs, gaffes and brainfarts: Trump sets sights on Bidens Achilles heel India’s health ministry reported a jump of more than 11,000 new coronavirus infections nationwide for a third...
    Walhe, Maharashtra, India (CNN)Jyoti Pawar, 40, starts her day early when the sun is still low in Walhe, a village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.She's racing to beat the midday heat and a government-issued deadline to visit 30 to 40 households before noon.Wearing a standard-issue pink jacket and a homemade cloth mask, she goes door to door, checking for cases of Covid-19.Pawar is one of more than a million Accredited Social Health Activists -- or ASHA workers -- Indian women who act as a liaison between people and the public healthcare system in rural areas. It's considered the largest community health worker program in the world. In Hindi, ASHA means "hope."The government considers ASHAs voluntary community health providers and pays them a monthly amount of Rs. 2,000 ($26.40), though in some states they can earn as much as Rs. 6,000 ($79.25) with additional task-based incentives, though the work...
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