New Delhi (India)-India reported the second record daily surge of new coronavirus cases in four consecutive days on Wednesday, while New Delhi, Mumbai and dozens of other cities announced curfews to slow the rising rate of infections.
The 115,736 coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours have risen, surpassing the 103,844 infections reported on Sunday. In the past 24 hours, the death toll has increased by 630, the highest level since November, and the total death toll in the country has increased to 166,177 since the beginning of the pandemic.
So far, the federal government has refused to impose a nationwide blockade to contain the latest surge, but has asked the states to decide on local restrictions.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Twitter: “The pandemic is not over, there is no room for complacency.”
Currently, India’s 7-day average rolling date exceeds 78,000 cases per day. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 12.8 million cases of the virus have been reported, second only to the United States and Brazil.
Although 85 million Indians have received at least one coronavirus vaccine, only 11 million of them have received it twice.
Due to the surge in infections, India is now delaying the export of large quantities of vaccines. So far, it has shipped 64.5 million doses.
Experts say this increase is worse than the peak in mid-September last year, partly because people are increasingly disregarding social distancing and wearing masks in public places.
As health officials continue to warn of gatherings in public places, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party leaders continue to hold violent rallies in multiple states where local elections are held.
During the election campaign in West Bengal on Tuesday, Modi was seen waving from his car to supporters without masks.
His government also allowed the holding of a one-month-long large Hindu festival that attracts thousands of devotees every day on the banks of the Ganges in Uttarakhand.
Among other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
-North Korea continues to declare in its latest report to the World Health Organization that it has a perfect record in stopping the coronavirus. When the pandemic began, North Korea described its efforts to stop the virus as a “national problem.” It closed the border, barred tourists from entering and expelled diplomats. The country still strictly restricts cross-border traffic and quarantines thousands of people with symptoms. But it still says that it has not found COVID-19, which is a highly questioned statement. In an email to the Associated Press on Wednesday, the WHO representative in North Korea, Edwin Salvador, said North Korea reported that 23,121 people had been tested for the coronavirus from the beginning of the pandemic to April 1. , All results are negative. El Salvador said North said that between March 26 and April 1, 732 people were tested. Officials from the World Health Organization say the North will no longer provide UN agencies with the number of people quarantined with suspicious symptoms.
-South Korea has reported 668 new coronavirus cases, which is the highest daily increase in the past three months. This is because people are worried about another surge and slow vaccine launch. The figures released by the Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday brought the number of cases nationwide to 106,898, of which 1,756 died. Most of the new cases have occurred in the Seoul area and other major cities. Officials previously insisted that it is feasible to take a wait-and-see attitude towards the launch of the vaccine in South Korea, because the epidemic in South Korea is not as severe as the United States and Europe. Now, they say they are considering all possible measures to prevent shortages, and it remains to be seen whether they consider restricting the export of AstraZeneca lenses produced by local company SK Bioscience.
-In the face of criticism for failing to launch the vaccine on time, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pointed out that it is difficult for Australia to obtain the promised dose of vaccine from Europe. He said that more than 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca contract vaccines that Australia has signed have not yet arrived, but this should not be considered acceptable when criticizing the EU. “This is just a simple fact. That is not a dispute. This is not a conflict. This is not an argument. This is not a conflict. This is just a simple fact. I just explained to the Australian public that the supply issue is a constraint and has been affected. Restrictions, especially in recent months, the overall promotion of the vaccine has been restricted.” Morrison told reporters in Canberra. He said that he will write to the European Union and AstraZeneca again, asking them to send a full dose of the vaccine. Morrison said some of these doses will be used to help neighbor Papua New Guinea deal with its virus outbreak. Due to concerns about supply shortages in Europe, Europe stopped about 250,000 vaccines going to Australia in March.
—Nepal resumed COVID-19 vaccination with vaccine donated by China on Wednesday. The Himalayas started the vaccination campaign using the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India in January, but had to suspend the vaccination campaign after India cut supplies. China donated 800,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine that flew last month. India first donated 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, and Nepal bought 2 million doses from the company. However, only 1 million was supplied, and the company delayed the delivery of the other half.