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Coronavirus uptick:India grapples sharp spike

Infections top 7.67 million & Killed 426000 globally; Confusion increases after coronavirius upstick

Coronavirus uptick has raised fresh concerns across the world including India that has witnessed the biggest ever spike of 11,000 cases in the last 24 hours to surge past 300,000 marks. The coronavirus cases globally topped 7.67  million with 426,000 deaths globally.

Reports trickling from China, from where the epidemic spread across the globe, say that fresh lockdowns may be clamped in some areas like the Xinfadi market that meets 90 percent of Beijing’s demand for meat and vegetable.some residential areas and some KG schools have been locked down after emergence of new clusters.

Media reports say the virus was detected on a chopping board of a salmon seller. The testing has been ramped up around the area. The market Xinfadi agricultural products wholesale market in the city’s Fengtai district has been closed temporarily

China, erstwhile epicenter, has a total of 84,228 cases and 4638 deaths. South Korea has reported 12051 cases and 277 deaths. South Korea has got some fresh coronavirus cases while the country has been credited globally for combating the menace effectively. The  Figures are on the basis of Johns Hopkins university’s real-time tracker.

With a steep hike of 11,458 cases, the biggest ever in a single day, Coronavirus cases in India charged past 3, 08,993 with 8854 deaths due to the highly contagious virus. According to Union Health Ministry data, released this morning, The country clocked 11458 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours and it was the highest ever jump ever since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a detailed meeting with senior ministers and officials to review India’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting reviewed the national level status and preparation in the context of the pandemic. The meeting also took stock of the situation in different states and union territories including Delhi.
Dr. Vinod Paul, Member NITI, Convenor of the Empowered Group of Medical Emergency Management Plan, made a detailed presentation on the current status and likely scenario of Covid-19 cases in the medium term. It was observed that out of the total cases two-thirds are in 5 states with an overwhelming proportion of cases in big cities. In view of the challenges being faced, particularly by the large cities, it was discussed to augment testing as well as the number of beds and services to effectively handle the peak surge of daily cases.

There were 386 deaths in the last 24 hours in various parts of the country to take the death toll of coronavirus cases to 8804. Official data shows that 154,330 people were cured of the disease too.

The increased Coronavirus cases have already catapulted India to the fourth-worst affected nations’ slot. Pandemic coronavirus’s community Transmission is certainly not there in India so far but rising cases have fueled speculations that there might be fresh lockdowns but no such indications have come forward so far.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 7,135 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Thus, so far, a total of 1,54,329 patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate is 49.95% amongst COVID-19 patients. Presently, there are 1,45,779 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.in the worst affected Maharashtra:  3,493 new COVID-19 cases that have been reported on Friday, thereby breaching the one lakh mark of coronavirus infections with a total of 1,01,141 cases to date. The national capital has witnessed coronavirus uptick with caseload 36,824 and 1214 deaths.

In Maharashtra: 3,493 new COVID-19 cases have been reported on Friday, thereby breaching the one lakh mark of coronavirus infections with a total of 1,01,141 cases to date. Out of this, 49,616 are positive cases. The death toll stands at 3,717. Mumbai city alone has reported 55,451 Coronavirus cases and 2,044 deaths. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Government has capped the maximum price for COVID-19 tests (RT-PCR) at private labs Rs 2,200, the earlier price was  Rs 4,400.

In Gujarat: The number of coronavirus positive patients rose to 22,562 after 495 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours.

The coronavirus cases have charged past 7.67 million and killed over 426,309 globally

The US  also witnessed coronavirus uptick trend as it clocked  2,048,986 cases and there were 14,669 deaths. It included 839 deaths in the last 24 hours. Reports suggest that more than 25,000 fresh cases have been reported during the last 24 hours. Chances of the fresh uptick can not be ruled out as several states have in the US  have  shown more cases

Spike in the cases has triggered debates among the public in various parts of the world regarding the availability of beds, economic affordability of patients, the possibility of fresh lockdowns, the exact tally of figures and testing facilities, increasing unemployment, vaccine time lime, social distancing protocols during protest rallies and other big gatherings, etc..

Coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about its impact on women, children, and young people.

“The indirect effects of COVID-19 on these groups may be greater than the number of deaths due to the virus itself”, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

The pandemic has overwhelmed health systems in many parts of the world, which means women may be at greater risk of dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Early evidence also suggests that people in their teens and 20s are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, online harassment, physical and sexual violence, and unintended pregnancies.

In response, WHO has published guidelines for health facilities on maintaining essential services during the pandemic, including for newborn care.

Experts have also investigated the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted to babies during breastfeeding.

“Based on the available evidence, WHO’s advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of COVID-19”, said Tedros.

“Mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate and continue breastfeeding and not be separated from their infants unless the mother is too unwell.”

So far, experts have not been able to detect the live virus in breastmilk, though fragments have been identified in several cases, according to Dr. Anshu Banerjee, Director of WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing.

“So, the risk of transmission from mother to child, therefore, so far, has not been established”, he said.

Health experts are working to get a clearer picture of how COVID-19 affects children and adolescents.

Much remains to be known about the disease’s impacts on this population, according to Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and WHO’s the technical lead on the pandemic.

“We have a number of unknowns that we’re really trying to better understand”, she said, responding to a journalist’s question.

“How often are they infected? Do they play a role in the transmission and if so, how much are they playing in that role? What roles do schools potentially have?”

Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO head of emergencies, added that several studies are underway, including into why some children end up with severe outcomes and needing to be hospitalized from the disease.

Lifting lockdowns

Meanwhile, countries coming out of lockdowns to contain COVID-19 spread must strike a “careful balance” between public safety and the need to avert further damage to their economies.

Dr. Ryan said WHO is concerned that some nations, which have passed the peak of the pandemic, are now seeing an uptick in cases.

“There is a careful balance to be struck between keeping everyone at home and continuing to completely suppress transmission of COVID-19, and the untoward effects of that on the economy and the society. And that is not an easy balance”, he said.

Dr. Ryan reiterated WHO advice on the need for strong national public health surveillance to determine where the virus is increasing so that authorities can take action.

WHO DG   has said, “We are continuing to see an escalating pandemic globally. As the pandemic accelerates in low- and middle-income countries, WHO is especially concerned about its impact on people who already struggle to access health services – often women, children, and adolescents.

The indirect effects of COVID-19 on these groups may be greater than the number of deaths due to the virus itself. Because the pandemic has overwhelmed health systems in many places, women may have a heightened risk of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

COVID-19 is accelerating in Africa, with more than 200,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday.

Africa recorded its first case of the new disease in mid-February. While it took nearly 100 days to reach 100,000 cases, the jump to 200,000 cases occurred in less than 20.

More than 200,000 #COVID19 cases have been confirmed on the African continent, with over 5,600 deaths. While #Africa accounts for a small fraction of the global caseload, case numbers are growing at an accelerating pace.

South Africa most affected

The rising caseload is being driven by 10 countries, which account for nearly 80 percent of all cases. Most deaths – more than 70 percent – are occurring in only five nations: Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, and Sudan.

South Africa is the most affected country, with one-quarter of the continent’s total cases. Two provinces – Western Cape and Eastern Cape – are reporting high numbers of cases and deaths daily.

WHO said public health measures have helped to slow the spread of COVID-19 on the continent. Many governments took steps such as implementing lockdowns, promoting physical distancing, and conducting contact tracing.

The UN agency and its partners have also been supporting national efforts to scale up the health workforce and laboratory testing and to establish screening points at airports and border crossings.

Advice for lifting lockdowns

COVID-19 first emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year. Six months later, there have been nearly 7.63 million cases worldwide, and more than 425,000 deaths and the disease has disrupted everything from global trade, to education, to transport.

Several countries have begun relaxing lockdowns so that economic and social activities can resume.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has told media that 5.5 lakh COVID-19 cases are expected in Delhi by July 31 and 80,000 beds will be He said By the Delhi government’s estimates, by June 15 there will be 44,000 cases, one lakh cases by 30 June and 2.25 lakh cases by July 15.

According to Johns Hopkins University, There are 7,632, 802 Coronavirus infections, and 425,394 deaths globally so far. In the US, The virus has infected 2,048,986 people and killed 114,669. It includes 30542 deaths in New York State.

WHO  has said there was no time to take the foot off the pedal.“More than six months into this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal”,  said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

With millions taking to the streets in anti-racism protests, WHO is underlining the importance of remaining safe during mass gatherings. Demonstrations have been taking place in several cities across the globe, sparked by the 25 May death of George Floyd, an African American, while in police custody, in Minnesota.

Even in the US, the cases are rising after the relaxation in lockdowns and laxity in the social distancing mainly during the current protests.

The Russian Federation has reported 510,761 Cases with 6705 deaths. According to the latest figures from Johns University on the World coronavirus situation, In Bangladesh, over 81523 cases were reported and it has lost 1095 lives.

In Sri Lanka, 1880 cases came into light with 11 deaths only. Nepal today reported fifteen deaths while its cases touched the5062 marks. Bhutan has reported 47 cases and no deaths.

Pakistan has 124933cases and 2463 deaths. Afghanistan, the case figures stand in 23546 and 446 deaths.

Cases in Peru are spiking. Visuals show to scramble for oxygen cylinders. Peru has reported about 214788 and over 6088 deaths. The biggest rise in caseloads can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Argentina, and Bolivia.

Brazil now has the second-highest number of cases globally. It has registered more than 41,828 deaths and 828,810.

The UK has reported a total of deaths 292,860 cases and about 41364 deaths. Spain has so far reported 243,209 cases, and 27,136 deaths while Italy’s death toll is 34,223 and cases mounted to 236,305

In Germany, there are 187,226 cases and over 8783 deaths. France has reported 192,493 cases and 29,349 deaths against Japan’s 17,187 cases, and 922 deaths.

Sweden has reported more than 49684 cases and 4854 deaths. Canada has reported 99,595 cases and 8125 deaths. In Norway, there are 8608 cases and 242 deaths.

Likewise, Belarus has reported 52,520 pandemic coronavirus cases and 298 deaths. Mexico has reported 139196 cases and 15,944 deaths.

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Singapore has 39,850 cases and 25 deaths. Vietnam has reported 332 cases and no death against Taiwan’s reportage of 443 cases and seven deaths to date. South Africa has reported 61,927 cases and 1354 deaths

In Saudi Arabia, 11, 9942 coronavirus cases surfaced with 893 deaths. Iran has reported a total of 8659 deaths and 182,525. In UAE, The death toll is 287 and cases are 41499

 

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