Resurging pandemic: India new cases 69,000;deaths 57,700   

COVID -19: 23.13 million infected & 804,000 killed globally: By Neeraj Bajpai

Resurging pandemic: India records 69,230 fresh cases; death toll tops 57,000   


Resurging pandemic:Coronavirus infections today exceeded  23.13  million and as many as 804,000 killed so far globally while the pandemic has again shown signs of resurgence in several countries.

With several countries experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks after periods of little or no transmission, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the need for authorities to be able to move quickly to prevent further spread of the disease.

These nations provide a cautionary tale because they show how “progress does not mean victory”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his latest update on the crisis.

The United States has so far notched  566 7179  cases, and 176,348 deaths, According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

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South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases spiked to 397 on Sunday, all but 10 of them local infections, as new cases rose sharply not only in the capital area but with provincial infections also jumping to a triple-digit gain.Of the total COVID-19 cases, 297 were reported in Seoul and the surrounding areas and the other 100 cases in provincial regions, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).The country’s total caseload has risen to 17,399,Yonhap news agency reports.

There are three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

One case is epidemiologically linked to the cluster in Auckland as a household contact of a previously reported case.

Two are imported cases – one is a woman in her 20s who arrived in New Zealand on August 16 from Croatia via Switzerland and Hong Kong. She has been in MIQ at the Sudima in Rotorua and has been transferred to MIQ at Jet Park after testing positive for COVID-19 around day 3 of her stay.

The second case is a person in their 30s who has been in MIQ at the Grand Millennium in Auckland and tested positive around day 12 of their stay.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 114, of which 18 are imported cases from managed isolation facilities.



In the US, This week’s national ensemble forecast predicts that 3,700 to 9,600 new COVID-19 deaths will be reported during the week ending September 12 and that 187,000 to 205,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date.


State- and territory-level ensemble forecasts predict that the number of reported new deaths per week will likely increase over the next four weeks in Minnesota and may decrease in 13 jurisdictions. Those with the greatest likelihood of a decrease over the next four weeks include Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina.


More than fifty-seven thousand and seven hundred and six people died from coronavirus in India which, during the last 24 hours, reported over 69,239 fresh cases to push the case tally to over thirty lakh lakhs and forty-four thousand -nine hundred and forty hundred to date.


In India, more than 22.80  lakh patients were cured too ..


The Centre has asked the States that there should be no restrictions imposed on the inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods and services during the present prevailing Unlock-3 guidelines.


In a communication to Chief Secretaries of all States today, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stated that it has been reported that local level restrictions on movement are being imposed by various districts/States.


Such restrictions are creating problems in the inter-State movement of goods and services and are impacting the supply chain, resulting in disruption of economic activities and employment, besides affecting the supply of goods and services.


India‘s COVID-19 tally has crossed 30,44,940  lakhs with 57,706 deaths including 912 deaths in the 24 hrs., the government data shows.


Delhi has a caseload of 1, 60.016  with 1412  cases in the last 24 hours. It has 4284 deaths, including 14 deaths in the last 24 hrs.


In Maharashtra, 14,492 fresh cases during the last 24 hours have pushed the tally to 6,71,942 and its death toll has mounted to 21,995 deaths including 297 deaths in the last 24 hours.


In Maharashtra, as part of the unlocking measure, the State Road Transport Corporation has resumed its services.


After the recent Sero-survey in Pune revealed that nearly 50 percent of samples of local residents from five high-incidence areas had antibodies for coronavirus infection, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research-led survey has now begun a study to detect ‘neutralizing antibodies’ in an effort to understand the human body’s response to the virus. This will possibly be the first of its kind survey in the country.


On the day, India’s daily tests have scaled a new peak of 10 lakh 23 thousand, India has achieved another milestone as it recorded highest-ever single day recoveries of 63,631 in the last 24 hours.


With this high number of COVID-19 patients recovering and being discharged from the hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the Recovery Rate has reached 74.69%. This has also led to a declining Case Fatality Rate, which stands at a new low of 1.87% yesterday..

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The results of a serological survey in Pune have indicated that over 50 percent of the population could already have been infected by novel Coronavirus. This is significantly higher than the results of similar serological surveys carried out in some other cities, like Delhi and Mumbai.  But scientists have warned against interpreting these results as an indication of half of the Pune population being immune to the Coronavirus.


They say all antibodies are not protective. It is only the neutralizing antibodies that can make a person immune to the disease.  Pune, with total reported cases of 1.32 lakh, has become the new COVID hotspot in Maharashtra overtaking Mumbai.


In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the tally rose to 3,73,410 with 5980 fresh cases, and the death toll surged past 6420 with 80 deaths in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu State has extended lockdown till August 31.


After TN, Andhra Pradesh is now the worst affected with 345,216 cases and 3,189 deaths including 97 deaths in the last 24 hours. It reported about 10,276 fresh cases in the last 24 hrs.


Expressing serious concern over the surge in COVID cases and increasing number of deaths per million in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he was not averse to imposing harsher measures to check further spread of the pandemic. Though he did not rule out lockdown, especially in areas with a high spike in cases, the Chief Minister made it clear that economic activity will not be allowed to suffer.


The Health Department has called for more vigil in Kottayam, Palakkad, and Kannur as the contact transmission cases in these districts are on the rise. High infection rate continues to be reported from Malappuram, Kasaragod, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ernakulam districts


The overall international situation shows limited abatement with the virus reemergence reports from several nations while the pandemic.


The situation in Peru is grim with 576, 067 cases, and 27245 deaths. Massive preparations have been made like new facilities and delivery of oxygen cylinders in the affected region.


Both Mexico and Brazil remain under the severe strain of the pandemic. France also saw the resurgence and its tally is 275,562 and over 30,515 deaths and Germany stands at 233.861 cases and 9272 deaths.


After a sudden emergence of cases in Spain which has so far 386,054 cases and 28,838 deaths, the country has slapped a slew of restrictions. Smoking both tobacco and electronic devices are prohibited in outdoor spaces when the minimum interpersonal distance of two meters cannot be maintained, minister@salvadorilla has announced that.



The closure of nightlife establishments is adopted: discos, cocktail bars, or dance halls with or without performance throughout the Spanish territory. There are many other restrictions too.

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Italy is in a transitional epidemiological phase with a progressive worsening trend. Also in this week, there is the widespread transmission of the virus throughout the national territory, which, when favorable conditions occur, causes outbreaks even of significant size, often associated with the importation of cases from foreign countries and subsequent local transmission (even on return after vacation periods in countries with higher virus circulation).



An increase is confirmed in the new cases reported in Italy for the third consecutive week, with a cumulative incidence (ISS flow data) in the last 14 days (period 03/8-16/8) of 9.65 per 100 000 inhabitants, up from the period 6/7-19/7 and similar to the levels observed at the beginning of June. The majority of cases were developed on the national territory (28.3% of new cases diagnosed during the monitoring week were imported from foreign countries).



In Italy, similarly to Europe and worldwide, there has been an epidemiological transition of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, with a sharp drop in the average age of the population developing the infection. The average age of the cases diagnosed in the last week is 30 years. Circulation today occurs more frequently in younger age groups, in the context of the increased reopening of commercial activities (including places of aggregation) and increased mobility.



There is a change in the dynamics of transmission (with emergencies of cases and outbreaks associated with recreational activities, both at home and abroad) and lower clinical severity of the cases diagnosed which, in most cases, are asymptomatic, the government has said.



In Brazil, the daily death toll and fresh cases have posed fresh fears as the death toll surged past 114250 and cases 3,582,362.



The United States has so far notched 5,667,179 cases and 177,348 deaths, According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU). it notched 46,436 cases and 1356 deaths on Wednesday.



America’s COVID-19 death toll is expected to reach nearly 300,000 by December 1; however, consistent mask-wearing beginning today could save about 70,000 lives, according to new data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.



Mexico, too, is also reeling under the severe strain of the pandemic with over 60,254 deaths so far and the cases have mounted to 556,216 cases. In South Africa, restrictions are being eased in the wake of the battered economy and its caseload stands 607,045 with 12,987 deaths.



According to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Globally, the number of people requiring hospitalization remains high, the WHO chief reported.


“No country can just ride this out until we have a vaccine,” he warned.


WHO chief also expressed hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be defeated in under two years or less time than it took to end the Spanish Flu pandemic, through global solidarity and the use of vaccines.


Mr. Tedros pointed out that while the “disadvantage” of globalization means the new coronavirus can spread faster, people today have the “advantage” of technology and knowledge.



“So, we hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years, especially if we can pool our efforts together, and with national unity, global solidarity – that’s really key – with utilizing the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu,” he said.



PPE-related corruption is ‘murder’



The corruption that deprives frontline health workers of personal protective equipment (PPE) is “murder”, Dr. Tedros unequivocally stated on Friday.


He was responding to a journalist’s question about health professionals in some nations going on strike because they lack appropriate PPE, amid reports of government corruption related to COVID-19 funds.



“Any level of corruption is unacceptable, or any type of corruption is unacceptable. However, corruption related to PPE, lifesaving, for me it’s actually murder,” he said.



“Because if health workers work without PPE, we are risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve. So, it’s criminal, and it’s a murder, and it has to stop if it is happening anywhere.”



Speaking earlier in the briefing, WHO’s Dr. Michael Ryan highlighted how the pandemic has shown both the best and worst of humanity.



“Certainly, corruption is something that is not new to this world. And at this point, it’s really, really, important that governments govern and that we see very clear, transparent action by governments,” he said.


According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, An agency of the European Union  yesterday –


Since 31 December 2019 and as of 22 August 2020, 22 977 399 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 800 321 deaths.

Cases have been reported from:


Africa: 1 168 735 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are South Africa (603 338), Egypt (97 148), Nigeria (51 304), Morocco (49 247), and Ghana (43 325).

Asia: 6 071 338 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are India (2 975 701), Iran (354 764), Saudi Arabia (305 186), Pakistan (292 174), and Bangladesh (290 360).


America: 12 326 095 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are United States (5 623 727), Brazil (3 532 330), Peru (576 067), Mexico (549 734) and Colombia (522 138).


Europe: 3 383 338 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Russia (946 976), Spain (386 054), United Kingdom (323 313), Italy (257 065), and France (234 400).


Oceania: 27 197 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Australia (24 407), New Zealand (1 321), Guam (767), Papua New Guinea (361), and French Polynesia (236).


Other: 696 cases have been reported from an international conveyance in Japan.

Deaths have been reported from:

Africa: 27 320 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are South Africa (12 843), Egypt (5 231), Algeria (1 418), Nigeria (996), and Morocco (817).

Asia: 126 791 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are India (55 794), Iran (20 376), Indonesia (6 500), Iraq (6 283), and Pakistan (6 231).

America: 439 405 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are United States (175 406), Brazil (113 358), Mexico (59 610), Peru (27 245), and Colombia (16 568).


Europe: 206 290 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are United Kingdom (41 405), Italy (35 427), France (30 503), Spain (28 838), and Russia (16 189).


Oceania: 508 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are Australia (472), New Zealand (22), Guam (7), Papua New Guinea (4), and Northern Mariana Islands (2).


Other: 7 deaths have been reported from an international conveyance in Japan.




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