With 800,000 cases in two days, India’s regular cases have risen to 50% of the global number.

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The coronavirus pandemic is escalating in India, which has half of the world’s infections, including 800,000 in two days, and more than one-quarter of the deaths, despite just 5% of people being vaccinated and medical services in short supply.

Several states in India have imposed lockdowns, including the union territory of the capital, New Delhi, until the end of May. In addition, many countries, including the United States and neighbouring Nepal, have imposed travel bans from the region.

The Asian nation, which is the second-most populous in the world with 1.4 billion, has surged to 215,542 deaths, which is fourth place in the world behind the United States with 576,770 as of Sunday, Brazil with 408,081 and Mexico with 217,168. Cases are 15,992,271, second to the United States with 32,396,973, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins.

India has recorded 6.7% of the world’s 3,213,019 deaths and 10.4% of the 153,363,469 cases, according to Worldometers.info.

However, in recent weeks, India has dominated the globe. In one week, India’s cases increased by 20%, or 2.2 million, and deaths increased by 53%, or more than 15,000 people.

On Saturday, India became the first country in the world to cross 400,000 daily events, with 401,993, before dropping to 392,488 on Sunday. After a total of 3,523 deaths on Saturday, the country reported a total of 3,689 deaths on Sunday.

Furthermore, since monitoring is not widely available, the instances may represent a subset of the overall number of infected people.

 

“A nationwide lockdown rather than what we are doing now, in bits and pieces across states, because of the simple fact that it is spreading all over,” a member of the nation’s coronavirus task force said in a report by the Indian Express. “We are looking at the wrong end of tunnel.

“Healthcare infrastructure cannot expand indefinitely, oxygen supplies have been ramped up but still there is shortage given the case load. It’s clear that we have to decrease the cases. It is a human-to-human spread. For at least two weeks, if we are able to stop that, we will decrease the case load. That will help decrease mortality, give some relief to health infrastructure and cut the cycle of transmission,” a member said.

Until a few weeks ago, the number of cases had not surpassed 100,000, and the number of deaths had remained under 2,000. The United States previously had the daily record for the most number of incidents in a single day, with 299,786 on January 2. On January 12, the United States set a world record of 4,474 deaths recorded in a single day.

Despite the record numbers, India’s per capita figures are smaller than the rest of the world: 155 deaths per million people and 14,057 incidents. The global figure is 411.3 deaths and 19,619 infections, with the United States accounting for 1,776 deaths and 99,653 infections. Brazil has a mortality rate of 1,901 per million people and a case rate of 68,872 per million people.

Throughout much of the world, the pandemic has been subsiding with more than 1.5 billion shots administered, according to tracking by Bloomberg. In India, just 2.1% of the population has been fully vaccinated and there are enough doses for 5.7% of the population.

But India is a prime producer of vaccines, exporting 66 million doses.

Among the world leaders in fatalities, the United States has administered at least one dose to 44.4% of its population with Brazil at 15%, according to tracking by Bloomberg. Britain, which inoculated the first person in the world in December, is among the best in the world with 51.4%.

India is administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, also known as Covishield, as well as its own Johnson, all of which are based in the United States, as well as AstraZeneca, which is based in the United Kingdom. Covaxin is a kind of vaxin.

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Pfizer in the United States is the leading vaccine manufacturer, followed by BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson in Germany.

On Saturday, India made vaccines available to all above the age of 18. However, some states have reported that they are running low on supplies. India had intended to completely vaccinate 300 million people by August of this year. According to data from the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, the government has purchased at least 205.5 million doses, with India ranking in the top ten.

Israel, which is known to be in Asia, has completely vaccinated 59.7 percent of its population, which is among the highest in the world. Its death count now stands at 6,365, up 15 in a week, including two on Sunday.

Raw materials are in short supply in India, despite promises from the United States and other countries to submit materials.

Oxygen, hospital beds, and personal protective equipment are also in short supply throughout the country, including the capital state of Delhi, which has a population of 19 million people.

 

“There is a major issue of oxygen,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told ANI on Sunday. “Delhi requires 976 tons of oxygen daily but we have been allotted only 490 tons of oxygen. Yesterday we received only 312 tons. How will this work?”

A plane carrying the first shipment of medical aid from France to India departed from Paris on Saturday.

“There is only one solution to fight the virus: solidarity and cooperation,” Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, a junior minister in the French Foreign Ministry, told journalists Saturday as medical equipment was being loaded onto a plane.

Britain will help India with “whatever we can, whatever they ask for,” including vaccines, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Sunday on Sky News and the BBC.

Asia ranks third in deaths at 530,567 and fourth in cases at 40,470,497, among the continents. But Asia’s 34,936 deaths in the past week ranked first.

COVID-19 emerged in Mainland China, but the country has recorded just a few deaths in the last year, ranking 58th with 4,636 deaths, behind North Macedonia with 4,891. On Sunday, China added 15 new events.

Turkey, which is ranked 19th, recorded 373 deaths on Saturday, bringing the number to 40,504. The country went through its first nationwide lockout on Thursday.

Indonesia has the most deaths in the Far East, with 45,796 recorded on Sunday, putting it in 17th position overall.

Japan ranks 41st with 10,400 deaths, including 61 on Sunday, for a total of 120. The total number of cases is 5,900, with a high of 7,882.

 

Japan has vaccinated only 2% of the population with at least one dose.

Less than three months before the Summer Olympics, the nation has announced emergency measures in Tokyo and three other areas that took effect one Sunday ago. Bars, department stores and theaters across Japan will remain closed for 17 days.

South Korea on Friday extended its tighter restrictions for three more weeks.

South Korea has vaccinated 6.4% of its population with at least one dose. The nation has 1,833 deaths, including two more Sunday, and 123,240 cases, with a rise of 606. The record is 40 deaths and 1,241 cases.

The pandemic is also surging in South America, which has four nations in the top 10. Besides Brazil, Colombia is in 11th with 74,215, Argentina in 14th with 64,096 and Peru in 15th with 61,789.

In all, the continent has 676,878 deaths and 25,031,481 cases. The continent grew by 27,947 people in the last week, accounting for 29.8 percent of the global total despite having just 5.5 percent of the world’s population.

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Brazil set a new high of 4,211 on April 6, with the rise of 2,278 on Saturday. Cases totalled 60,013 compared to a high of 97,586 in March.

The Brazilian Congress has opened an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s reaction to the pandemic. Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the pandemic and declined vaccination, dubbed the investigation the “death committee.” He became infected with the virus last summer.

“Eighty-six percent of Brazilians know someone or have a relative who has died – we’ve never seen anything like this in Brazilian history,” Amazonian senator Omar Aziz said after being elected the inquiry’s president on Tuesday.

Colombian deaths have been on the rise, with a staggering 495 deaths on Saturday, the fourth-highest in the country. Argentina set a record on Thursday with 561 before 231 Saturday for 64,094th position.

Chile ranks 23rd in the world with 26,457 vaccinations, including 104 on Sunday, and leads South America in vaccine percentage, with 42.6 percent of its 19.3 million people getting at least one injection.

Overall, data in Europe have been trending downward, with 1,018,231 deaths and 44,771,903 cases registered. Over the course of one week, the number of deaths fell by 12% and the number of cases fell by 18%. Worldwide, there has been a 5% rise in deaths and a 0.5 percent increase in cases.

Six European nations are in the top 10 for most deaths: Britain fifth with 127,538, Italy sixth with 121,177, Russia seventh with 108,862, France eighth with 104,819, Germany ninth with 83,802 and Spain 10th with 78,216. Poland is 13th at 68,068 with 144 Sunday but several times in the past week has posted more than 400, including 433 Saturday. In addition, Ukraine is 18th at 44,596, including 160 Sunday after 392 Saturday.

Vaccination rates in Germany are 26.9 percent, 25.1 percent in France, 23.3 percent in Italy, 22.6 percent in Poland, 22.4 percent in Spain, 8.2 percent in Russia, and 1.8 percent in Ukraine.

Statistics are far lower than they were few months earlier, with Britain leading the way with 107 in the last week. France had 2,120 points, Italy had 2,012, Germany had 1,668 points, and Spain had 618 points.

Poland had the highest increase in deaths in Europe, with 2,702, Russia had 2,620, and Ukraine had 2,344.

Britain’s numbers have dropped dramatically since a high of 1,823 deaths and 68,053 cases on January 20. The kingdom announced 14 deaths and 1,671 cases on Sunday.

On Saturday, several thousand revelers descended on Liverpool for Britain’s first legal rave in more than one year. It’s a pilot event, called The First Dance, with no social distancing or masks required.

Britain is planning a study test 40,000 people who been exposed to coronavirus rather than a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

France also is easing out of a lockdown that began April 3. On Monday, residents can travel cross country. Bars and restaurants as well as cultural sites and non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen to customers on May 19. On June 30, all curfews will be lifted though nightclubs will remain closed.

France reported 113 deaths Sunday after a fall peak of 932 and a record 1,437 on April 15 one year ago. COVID-19 cases however remain relatively high in France with 9,888 Sunday compared with a record 88,790 on Nov. 7.

Italy also has eased restrictions, including allowing outdoor dining for lunch and reopening schools. More than half of Italy’s 20 regions are in the more lenient “yellow zone,” instead of orange and red.

Italy reported 144 deaths Sunday compared with the record 993 on Dec. 3. Cases were 9,148, down from a record 40,896.

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Germany has been in a lockdown since November with parliament passing a law giving the federal government more powers to impose pandemic restrictions based on data.

The nation reported 100 deaths Sunday from a high of 1,244. And cases were 10,300, down from a record 31,553.

Russia reported 342 deaths and 8,697 cases from highs of 635 and 31,553. But the number of cases over the past seven days exceeded recoveries, according to TASS estimates, with it more severe in Moscow at 18,409 cases and 11,744 recoveries.

Spain didn’t report data on the weekend after 136 deaths Friday compared with a winter peak of 766 on Feb. 6 and a record 996 on April 2. Cases increased by 9,135, 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.

In Brussels, Belgium, authorities fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds of mainly young people at a party in a park in protest of restrictions on Saturday.

Belgium ranks 25th in the world with 24,258 deaths, 28 of which occurred on Sunday.

The nonessential immigration ban in North America has been extended until May 21 between Mexico, Canada, and the United States. It all started in March of last year.

North America ranks second to Europe in terms of deaths (863,590) and cases (38,416,088.)

Mexico was the first Latin American country to begin prescribing vaccines, but the rate for at least one dose is low, at 9.7 percent.

Canada’s average is 29.7 percent, 14 percentage points lower than its southern neighbour.

Mexico reported 261 deaths Saturday with the single-day record 1,803. Cases were 3,025 for a total of 2,347,780, which ranks 15th. Mexico has reported diminished hospitalizations with only 12% being used including 17% with ventilators.

Canada, which has 29% of Mexico’s population, has under triple digits for deaths since 142 on Feb. 3 and a record 257 Dec. 29 with 35 reported so far Sunday for a total of 24,296. Cases were 5,175, behind the record 11,383.

Unlike the United States, Canada has not given federal guidance on what residents can do after being vaccinated. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said domestic vaccine passports are being considered.

Oceania, with only 42.3 million people, has 1,202 deaths and 63,127 cases.

New Zealand’s deaths remain at 26 with the last one reported on Feb. 16 and Australia’s toll stayed at 910 with one reported April 13.

New Zealand reported five cases Sunday, tallying 17 in one week, for a total of 2,618, and Australia was up 14, which is 165 in a week, for 29,826 total.

Australia has vaccines available for 4.4% of the population with dosage administration not available. New Zealand has administered first doses to 3.5% of its population.

Western Australians avoided a recent second COVID-19 lockdown after Premier Mark McGowan no new community cases. After one new locally acquired coronavirus case was reported, authorities locked down the region of 2 million people for three days through Monday.

Africa has reported 122,536 deaths and 4,609,642 cases.

South Africa has 54,417 deaths, including 11 on Saunday and 1,222 cases. Infections reached a high of 21,980 on Jan. 8 and deaths at 839 on Jan. 19. Egypt is second with 13,402 and Tunisia third with 10,808.

South Africa, which is dealing with a variant, has vaccinated 0.5% of its population with its first dose.

Among continents, Africa has the slowest rate of vaccinations with 1.3%, according to tracking by The New York Times. North America leads with 47%, followed by Europe at 30%, South America at 18%, Asia at 12% and Oceania at 5.8%.

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