The COVID-19 pandemic is dominated by India’s record-breaking deaths and events.

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In the midst of a worldwide death toll of 3 million from coronavirus, India is dominating the rises with record-breaking deaths and incidents, even though the vaccine rollout lags.

The Asian country, which has the world’s second-largest population of 1.4 billion people, set a single-day record for the most deaths (1,501) and cases (261,500) on Sunday.

Until last week, India had less than 100,000 cases. However, it has risen to more than 200,000 in the last four days. Saturday’s increase of 234,692 infections constituted 30% of the global total, while the increase of 1,341 deaths was 11.6 percent.

In the last week, cases rose by 1,429,304, the highest in the world with a 64 percent rise, and deaths increased by 69 percent to 7,875, ranking second only to Brazil’s 20,420, which decreased 4 percent.

Brazil has the second-highest number of deaths (371,889), behind only the United States (567,180). India ranks fourth with 177,150, trailing Mexico’s 212,228. The United States holds the world daily record for the most deaths, with 4,476 in January, and the most cases, with 300,310.

 

So far Sunday, the world total is 3,029,703, according to Worldometers.info. Johns’ Hopkins has the total at 3,013,280.

Over the course of one week, worldwide deaths rose by 7%, with cases increasing by 14%. In Europe, which had previously undergone a boom, deaths decreased by 3% and incidents decreased by 5%.

The overall number of cases in India is 14,788,109, trailing only the United States, which has 31,663,304. The number for the entire planet is 141,880,609.

 

“Brazil is a complete disaster in terms of the political leadership, and India has become complacent after the initial decline in cases,” Madhukar Pai, the Canada research chair in epidemiology and global health at McGill University in Montreal, told Bloomberg.

Despite the record numbers, India’s per capita figures are smaller than the rest of the world: 127 deaths per million people and 10,633 cases. The global figure is 388.3 deaths and 18,142 outbreaks, with the United States accounting for 1,746 deaths and 97,315 infections. Brazil has a mortality rate of 1,740 per million people and a case rate of 65,028 cases per million people.

In the vaccine rollout, India has given at least one dose to 7.8% of its population, according to Bloomberg tracking. In all, more than 884 million shots have been given for a population of 7.8 billion.

Of the world leaders of deaths, the United States has administered at least one dose to 39 percent of the citizens, while Brazil has administered at least one dose to 12.2 percent. With 48.9 percent, Britain, which inoculated the first human in the world in December, is among the strongest in the world.

India is lagging though it produced 60% of all vaccines globally, according to CNN. In India, the Oxford-AstraZeneca one, also known as Covishield, and its homegrown Covaxi, are administered in the nation.

The top vaccine makers are U.S.-based Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, both based in the United States, as well as AstraZeneca in Britain.

China and Russia also have developed vaccines.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed all officials to utilize the entire national capacity — public and private sector — to ramp up vaccine production.

“Like we did last year, we will successfully fight COVID with even greater speed and coordination,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter after the meeting.

Modi was also briefed on the desperate state of the oxygen supply.

To combat the pandemic, states and cities are enforcing new limits, such as weekend and nighttime curfews in Delhi, which has a population of 19 million people.

India accounts for 38% of Asia’s 467,526 deaths and 45% of the 33,800,336 cases. Asia ranks third in terms of deaths and fourth in terms of cases across the continents.

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COVID-19 emerged in Mainland China, but the country has recorded just a few deaths in the last year, ranking 57th with 4,636 deaths, behind Ireland with 4,835. On Sunday, China added 16 new events.

In China, daily life has returned to near normal after extensive quarantines and restrictions.

The nation’s economy grew at a record pace in the first quarter this year.

“The big picture is that China is catching up faster now to the level of advanced economies, faster than ever before,” said Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics, told The Washington Post.

China has enough vaccine to vaccinate 6.7 percent of its population, but dose percentages are unavailable. Gao Fu, the head of the China Centers for Disease Control, said last week that China is trying “to solve the problem that the efficacy of its existing vaccines is not high.”

Iran had the second highest number of deaths in Asia, with 405 compared to a previous 486 in November. And the number of cases was 21,644, falling short of the high of 25,582 set on Thursday. The majority of the country’s 10-day lockout is set to expire on Tuesday.

Indonesia has the most deaths in the Far East, 44,424 in 17th position with 96 recorded on Sunday.

Japan ranks 41st with 9,662 fatalities, including 16 on Sunday, when the death toll reached a staggering 120. The total number of cases is 4,093, with a high of 7,882.

 

Despite a surge in cases, Japan plans to still put on the Tokyo Olympics in July. They already have been delayed one year.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday.

“As was mentioned at the beginning, I expressed my determination to realize the Tokyo Olympics and the Paralympic Games as a symbol of global unity this summer,” he said. “And President Biden, once again, expressed his support.”

On Friday, the government expanded coronavirus quasi-emergency measures from six to 10 prefectures across Japan, amounting to one-quarter of the population, including Tokyo.

Japan has vaccinated only 0.9% of the population with at least one dose.

South Korea is at 2.9%.

South Korea’s record is 40 deaths on Dec. 29 with three announced Sunday for a total of 1,797, as well as 671 cases, behind the mark of 1,241 on Dec. 25.

Israel, which is considered part of Asia, has fully vaccinated 59.0% of its population. Its death toll is 6,334.

Starting Sunday, masks are not required outdoors. Also Sunday, Israeli schools are fully reopened, ending the requirement that some grades still learn in smaller class sizes.

Four South American countries are in the top 20 in terms of deaths. Aside from Brazil, Colombia is ranked 11th with 67,931, Argentina is ranked 14th with 59,164, and Peru is ranked 15th with 56,797.

In all, the continent has 620,832 deaths and 23,317,509 cases.

Brazil set a daily mark for the most deaths, 4,211 on April 6 and 4,190 two days later, but the country hasn’t reached 4,000 in the past week, including 2,865 on Saturday. In addition, there were 65,792 cases on Saturday, compared to a reported 97,586 in March.

Brazil, with a population of 213.8 million, is lagging behind other South American nations in vaccinations, including Chile at 40.1% of its 19.3 million population receiving at least one shot. Chile ranks 22nd in the world in fatalities at 25,177, including 122 Sunday.

Brazil’s Health Ministry has urged women to postpone pregnancy until the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed, including a more contagious variant.

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In North America, Mexico reported 535 deaths Saturday. The single-day record is 1,803. Cases were 4,157 for a total of 2,304,096, which ranks 14th.

The nonessential travel ban among Mexico, Canada and the United States is scheduled to expire Wednesday. It began one year ago in March.

Save for around 30,000 fatalities, all deaths in North America occur in these countries.

North America ranks second next to Europe in terms of deaths, with 846,710 deaths and 37,402,844 cases.

Mexico was the first Latin American country to begin prescribing vaccines, but the rate for at least one dose is low, at 7.9 percent.

Canada’s average is 22.9 percent, which is 16 percentage points lower than its southern neighbour.

Canada recorded 304 deaths in the previous week through Saturday, with another 28 on Sunday, for a total of 23,619. Its death toll has been in the single digits since 142 on February 3. On Sunday, there were 5,775 cases, trailing the previous day’s total of 11,383. On Monday, however, there were 10,858.

 

Canada has surpassed the United States for cases per million people at 231.31 vs. its neighbor’s 211.7, according to a data tracker.

The variant that originated in Britain, B1.1.7, accounts for more than two-thirds of new cases.

The biggest surges are in the Ontario Province, which includes Toronto. On Friday, there were a record 4,812 new cases of the 9,346 total in the nation.

With health officials warning that cases in Ontario could escalate by 600% to 30,000 a day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “”We’re going to do whatever it takes to help,” he added. Discussions on additional healthcare providers are underway, and we are prepared to step forwards.”

The province also imposed a six-week stay-at-home order, as well as bans on non-essential travel.

With 975,452 deaths and 42,835,942 cases, Europe tops the continents. Over the course of one week, the number of deaths fell by 3% and the number of cases fell by 5%. Worldwide, the numbers for deaths and cases are 7% and 14%, respectively.

Six European countries are in the top ten for the number of deaths: Britain ranks fifth with 127,270, Italy ranks sixth with 116,927, Russia ranks seventh with 105,582, France ranks eighth with 100,733, Germany ranks ninth with 80,566 and Spain ranks tenth with 76,981. Poland ranks 13th with 62,032, including 207 on Sunday after 616 on Saturday, the fourth-highest total in the world. Ukraine is also ranked 18th with 39,786 entries, including 250 on Sunday and 440 on Saturday.

Vaccination rates for the first dose in Europe are 48.9 percent in the United Kingdom, 19.4 percent in Spain, 19.1 percent in Germany, 19.0 percent in France, 17.4 percent in Italy, 16.9 percent in Poland, 5.5 percent in Russia, and 1% in Ukraine.

Pregnant women in Britain have become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Britain reported 10 deaths Sunday from a peak of 1,823 on Jan. 20 and cases were 1,882 from a high of 68,053 on Jan. 8.

As Britain eases out of a lockdown, France remains under one through the end of April, including schools closed, among a surge in cases and deaths.

In France, cases surged to 43,505 Wednesday from from a record 88,790 on Nov. 7. Sunday’s increase was 29,344.

Deaths were 140, way down from a fall peak of 932 and a record 1,437 on April 15. On Saturday, France announced there will be a 10-day mandatory quarantine on those arriving from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. Earlier, France announced a temporary suspension of all flights from Brazil.

Italy will ease coronavirus curbs in many areas on April 26, which is one week earlier than planned. They include allowing outdoor dining, indoor cinemas and theaters, and reopening schools.

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Italy reported 251 deaths Sunday compared with the record 993 on Dec. 3.

For the second week in a row, cases stayed under 20,000, including 12,694 Saturday. The record was 40,896 on Nov. 13.

On Sunday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel attended memorial events to remember the 80,566 deaths, including 40 so far Sunday. Cases were 7,090 with the record 31,553.

“We are worn out by the burden of the pandemic and rubbed raw by the argument about the right way to deal with it,” Steinmeier said. “That’s another reason why we need a moment to pause, a moment beyond daily politics, a moment that allows us to look together at the human tragedy of the pandemic.”

Merkel is attempting to get a bill passed in Parliament that would mandate national instructions to close shops, cultural and sports centres, restrict personal communications, and impose nighttime curfews. Currently, each of Germany’s 16 states makes its own laws.

Russia’s recent deaths and cases have also been decreasing. Cases surpassed 10,000 for the first time on March 14, with an increase of 8,632 on Sunday.

And the number of deaths was more than 500 on Feb. 13, with Sunday’s rise at 389, down from a high of 635.

Spain, like many other countries, is in the grip of a fourth wave.

Spain didn’t report data on the weekend after 99 deaths Friday compared with a winter peak of 766 on Feb. 6 and a record 996 on April 2. Cases increased by 10,598, behind the mark of 35,118 in January.

All regions in Spain, except Madrid, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, are still subject to a perimeter lockdown and curfews through May 9 from six months ago.

Oceania, which has a population of just 42.3 million inhabitants, has 1,173 deaths and 61,206 cases.

New Zealand’s death count remains at 26, with the most recent death announced on Feb. 16, while Australia’s toll stands at 909, with the most recent two deaths reported on Nov. 30 and Dec. 29.

New Zealand reported four cases on Sunday, totalling 21 in one week for a total of 2,595, while Australia reported 19 cases on Sunday for a total of 29,402, an increase of 111 in a week.

Vaccines are available in Australia for 2.9 percent of the population, but dosage administration is not available.

 

Unless there is a dramatic boost in Pfizer supplies, experts have warned the Australian population is unlikely to get COVID-19 vaccinations until the end of next year.

There have been 117,995 deaths and 4,462,051 cases recorded in Africa.

South Africa has 53,711 deaths, 48 of which occurred on Saturday, and 1,325 cases. The number of infections peaked at 21,980 on January 8 and the number of deaths peaked at 839 on January 19. Egypt comes in second with 12,694 and Tunisia comes in third with 9,717.

South Africa, which is struggling with a version, has only vaccinated 0.5 percent of the population.

Among continents, Africa has the slowest rate of vaccinations with 1.1%, according to tracking by The New York Times. North America leads with 39%, followed by Europe at 23%, South America at 14%, Asia at 8.6% and Oceania at 3.7%.

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