India reported 6,148 new deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday. It represents the highest number of deaths from the virus in a single day in the world.
The sharp increase in the number has been attributed to the correction in its numbers by the eastern state of Bihar.
Authorities have revised the state’s previous total from around 5,400 to more than 9,400 coronavirus-related deaths to account for patients who have succumbed to the virus at home or in private hospitals.
The increase in the number exceeded the 5,444 virus-related deaths recorded in the United States on February 12.
With a number of cases of more than 29.2 million infections and nearly 360,000 deaths, India remains the second most affected country in the world after the United States. However, experts argue that the numbers are massively underestimated.
Here is a look at other major developments related to COVID.
WHO European Regional director Hans Kluge on Thursday warned that the Delta variant of the coronavirus – a mutation first seen in India – was ‘set to take hold’ in Europe as countries scramble to lift restrictions as infections decrease again.
“With the increase in social gatherings, greater mobility of the population and the major festivals and sports tournaments taking place in the days and weeks to come, WHO Europe calls for caution,” Kluge said during a press briefing.
“We’ve been here before,” he warned.
“Over the past summer, cases gradually increased in younger age groups, then moved to older age groups, contributing to a devastating resurgence. Let’s not repeat this mistake,” he said. he added.
“We must all recognize the progress made in most of the countries in the region, we must also recognize that we are by no means out of danger,” Kluge said, noting that only 30% of Europeans have received their first dose of vaccine, not nearly enough to protect the area from another wave of infections.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the COVID-19 situation in her country was “extremely pleasant at the moment, in terms of the number of cases”. After meeting with the prime ministers of Germany’s 16 states, Merkel said the vaccination efforts and lockdown measures were worth it, but warned that “the coronavirus has not gone away.”
Germany remains opposed to the idea of lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines, according to an anonymous government source speaking ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. The issue was brought to the World Trade Organization (WTO) last year by India and South Africa and quickly gained traction after US President Joe Biden expressed support. Germany immediately voiced opposition to Biden’s push, with other EU countries following suit days later. Germany argues that intellectual property rights are not what gets in the way of vaccinations and that the lifting of patents would discourage companies from investing in similar projects in the future.
“We don’t think a waiver is helpful or is in fact the problem, and nothing has changed about that,” the official said. The problem has put EU countries not wanting to look heartless, into a corner. Nonetheless, the Germans, for example, say they have made a big contribution to global vaccinations by sharing doses, funding COVAX purchases and boosting exports. It is on these fronts that opponents of patent waiver contend that real progress can be made in the fight against the virus.
US President Joe Biden plans to purchase and donate 500 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to more than 90 countries to help the world fight the pandemic.
the we also called on other democracies to take similar action to end the devastation caused by COVID-19.
“The goal of today’s donation is to save lives and end the pandemic and will lay the groundwork for additional actions that will be announced in the coming days,” the White House said.
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, said on Thursday that the Tokyo Olympic Games would continue as planned.
He told a press conference that the games, which are 43 days away, were “in full delivery”. The IOC said recent test events have shown that the sporting event could be a success and that feedback from athletes on the preventive measures implemented was positive.
South Korea is exploring plans to vaccinate workers at key businesses across the country, including chip and electronics companies, to help reduce production disruptions.
The Labor Department has reached out to companies like Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and LG Electronics for information on their COVID-19 vaccination requirements as part of global efforts to increase the supply of computer chips.
Abu Dhabi, the second most populous emirate in the United Arab Emirates, is expected to ban unvaccinated residents from visiting shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and other public places. Those who recently tested negative will not be arrested.
Under the new rules, applicable from June 15, visitors will have to prove their vaccination status or provide the test result through the country’s COVID-19 app. The restrictions will also extend to gyms, hotels and related facilities, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centers, cinemas and museums.
South AfricaThe National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) said South Africa had officially entered its third wave of COVID-19 infections, registering 9,149 new cases on Thursday.
South Africa is the African country worst affected by the pandemic, with around 34% of the total reported cases on the continent and 43% of the total reported deaths.
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