Global deaths pass 380,000 as India still ‘very far from peak’

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More than 6.38 million people have been reported infected with the coronavirus globally and 380,331 have died, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China last December. Here are the latest updates on the pandemic from around the world:

India

India’s coronavirus infections crossed 200,000, official figures showed on Wednesday, and a peak could still be weeks away in the world’s second-most populous country, where the economy has begun re-opening after a lockdown imposed in March. Cases jumped by 8,909 over the previous day in one of the highest single-day spikes, taking the tally to 207,615, the health ministry said. “We are very far away for the peak,” said Dr Nivedita Gupta, of the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research. Government officials have previously said it could be later this month, or even July, before cases start to fall off. The death toll from the disease stood at 5,815. Six other nations, including the United States, Britain and Brazil, have higher caseloads, and in India’s favour, at least its mortality rate has been comparably low. But, India’s infections are rising as it ends a severe lockdown of its 1.3 billion people imposed in March.

Brazil

Brazil registered another record number of novel coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday evening, as the pandemic in Latin America’s largest country shows no signs of slowing down. The nation registered 28,936 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the ministry said, and 1,262 deaths. There are now 555,383 total confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil and 31,199 coronavirus deaths. The fresh record comes as some Brazilian leaders, including right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, continue to belittle the virus, warning that the economic fallout from quarantine measures will be worse than the virus itself. “We lament all deaths, but it’s everyone’s destiny,” Mr Bolsonaro said in front of the presidential residence in Brasilia earlier on Tuesday.

Europe

New cases reported daily are steadily declining in Western Europe, but not in hotspots in Russia and Eastern Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Black and Asian people in England are up to 50 per cent more likely to die after becoming infected with Covid-19, an official study said, putting pressure on the government to outline plans to protect the most at-risk communities. Britain’s death toll neared 50,000 on Tuesday, as the government faced criticisms over its Covid-19 test data and widespread mockery over a so-called “sex ban”.



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