NEW DELHI (AP) – The coronavirus outbreak in India rose by more than 50,000 cases on Thursday as infections broke out again in the capital.
The Ministry of Health also reported 704 other deaths in the past 24 hours across the country, bringing India’s total death toll to 124,315.
Nerves frayed in New Delhi after 6,842 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. It has over 37,000 active cases.
The ministry has attributed the rise in New Delhi to the festive season and warned that the situation could worsen as people gather in markets for festival shopping.
This increase comes as New Delhi appears to be preparing for a cold spell, coupled with rapidly deteriorating air quality. Medical experts fear low temperatures and high pollution will exacerbate viral outbreaks.
With 8.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections, India was the second most damaged country after the United States.
Among other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
̵1; Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and four Cabinet ministers were quarantined on Thursday after they met the Hungarian foreign minister the same day when he tested positive for coronavirus. Hun Sen on his Facebook page said he tested negative and would follow the country’s coronavirus guidelines and be quarantined for 14 days, during which time he won’t meet with family members. or attend public events. Cambodia’s Ministry of Health said all 628 visit participants have had negative results so far. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto had a positive result when he arrived in Thailand after his visit to Cambodia.
China is temporarily suspending entry for most foreign passport holders residing in the UK in response to increased cases of COVID-19 in the UK. The suspension applies to holders of a visa or residence permit issued before 3 November, except for a diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visa, while a foreign citizen is visiting. China because of urgent need can apply for a special case visa. China has largely stopped the spread of coronavirus in the country but continues to record import cases, of which 20 were reported Thursday. It was not immediately clear how many of them were from England. China requires all those who come to China to go through two weeks of quarantine.
– The Sri Lankan authorities will end the curfew caused by the pandemic in many parts of the country, at the same time saying that it is the people themselves to avoid coronavirus infection. Army Commander Shavendra Silva heads a COVID-19 task force and said that President Gotoln Rajapaksa is looking forward to the current 10-day curfew in Sri Lanka’s Western Province and some other regions. was lifted on Monday. Silva said the country’s economy could not continue to close, with daily salaried workers and small businesses particularly severely affected. He told the people of Sri Lanka, “The country has to move forward and the responsibility is with the public.” Sri Lanka is in the midst of a second wave of viral infections with clusters spread from one of the country’s main garment factories and wholesale fish markets.