clearn.png
Saturday April 10th, 2021 11:29PM

Asia Today: India sees another record rise in virus cases

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported a record daily surge in new coronavirus cases for the second time in four days on Wednesday, while New Delhi, Mumbai and dozens of other cities announced they are imposing curfews to try to slow the soaring infections.

The rise of 115,736 coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours, tops the 103,844 infections reported Sunday. Fatalities rose by 630 in the past 24 hours, the highest since November, driving the total death toll in the country to 166,177 since the pandemic began.

The federal government has so far refused to impose a nationwide lockdown to contain the latest surge but has asked states to decide on imposing local restrictions.

“The pandemic isn’t over and there is no scope for complacency,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Twitter. He urged people to get vaccinated.

India now has a seven-day rolling average of more than 78,000 cases per day and has reported 12.8 million virus cases since the pandemic began, the highest after the United States and Brazil.

While 85 million Indians have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot, only 11 million of them have received both.

Due to a surge in infections, India has now delayed exports of large quantities of vaccines. It has shipped 64.5 million doses so far.

Experts say the surge, which is worse than last year's peak in mid-September, is due in part on growing disregard for social distancing and mask-wearing in public spaces.

As health officials continue to warn about gatherings in public places, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party leaders continue to hold mammoth rallies in several states where local elections are underway.

While on the campaign trail Tuesday in West Bengal state, Modi was seen waving at maskless supporters from his car.

His government has also allowed a huge monthlong Hindu festival that draws tens of thousands of devotees daily to go ahead on the banks of the Ganges River in northern Uttarakhand state.

In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:

— North Korea has continued to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World Health Organization. At the beginning of the pandemic, North Korea described its efforts to keep out the virus as a “matter of national existence.” It shut its borders, banned tourists and jetted out diplomats. The country still severely limits cross-border traffic and has quarantined tens of thousands of people who have shown symptoms. But it still says it has found no case of COVID-19, a widely doubted claim. In an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Edwin Salvador, WHO’s representative to North Korea, said the North has reported it tested 23,121 people for the coronavirus from the beginning of the pandemic to April 1 and that all results were negative. Salvador said the North said 732 people were tested between March 26 and April 1. WHO officials say the North is no longer providing the U.N. agency with the number of people it quarantines with suspected symptoms.

— South Korea is temporarily suspending administrating AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to medical workers and people in long-term care settings 60 years old or younger as health authorities in Europe investigate a possible link between the shots and rare blood clots in adults. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Wednesday it will also pause a vaccine rollout to school nurses and teachers that was to begin Thursday, while awaiting the outcome of the European Medicine Agency’s review. South Korea has so far administered the first doses of coronavirus vaccines to about 1 million people after beginning its mass immunization program in late February. The country’s vaccinations have so far relied mainly on AstraZeneca shots produced by local firm SK Bioscience. The suspension comes as South Korea on Wednesday reported 668 new virus cases, its highest daily jump in nearly three months.

— Facing criticism for a vaccine rollout that’s behind schedule, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison notes his country has faced difficulty in getting promised vaccine doses from Europe. He said over 3 million of Australia’s contracted AstraZeneca vaccine doses haven’t yet arrived — but that shouldn’t be taken as him criticizing the European Union. “That’s just a simple fact. That’s not a dispute. It’s not a conflict. It’s not an argument. It’s not a clash. It’s just a simple fact. And I’m simply explaining to the Australian public that supply issues is what’s constraining and has constrained, particularly over these recent months, the overall rollout of the vaccine,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra. He said he will write again to the European Union and AstraZeneca requesting they send the full order of vaccine doses. Morrison said some of the doses will be sent to help its neighbor Papua New Guinea deal with its virus outbreak. In March, Europe stopped about 250,000 vaccines going to Australia due to concerns about European supply shortages.

— Nepal resumed giving out vaccinations against COVID-19 on Wednesday with vaccines donated by China. The Himalayan nation had begun its vaccination campaign in January with AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute in India, but had to suspend it after India cut the supply. China donated 800,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine that was flown in last month. India had first gifted 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and Nepal purchased 2 more million from the company. However, only 1 million was supplied and delivery of the other half has been delayed by the company.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Health, AP World News, AP Business
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Iran ship serving as Red Sea troop base near Yemen attacked
An Iranian cargo ship believed to be a base for the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen has been attacked
3:47AM ( 6 minutes ago )
Divers rescue Thai Buddhist monk trapped in flooded cave
A Buddhist monk who was trapped by floodwaters inside a cave in northern Thailand for four days has been rescued
3:45AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Asia Today: India sees another record rise in virus cases
India has reported a record daily surge in new coronavirus cases for the second time in four days on Wednesday, while New Delhi, Mumbai and dozens of other cities are imposing curfews to try to slow the soaring infections
3:43AM ( 11 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Iran state TV acknowledges ship attacked in Red Sea
An Iranian cargo ship believed to be a base for the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen has been attacked
2:00AM ( 1 hour ago )
Asia Today: North Korea tells WHO it's still virus-free
North Korea has continued to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World Health Organization
12:48AM ( 3 hours ago )
Indonesia landslides death toll rises to 119, dozens missing
The death toll from mudslides in eastern Indonesia has risen to 119 with scores still missing as rain continued to pound the region and hamper the search
12:28AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP National News
Minneapolis officers line up to reject Chauvin's actions
The parade of Minneapolis police officers rejecting a former officer’s actions in restraining George Floyd is continuing at his murder trial
11:49PM ( 4 hours ago )
Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban
Arkansas lawmakers have made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor’s objections
11:29PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Interview: India could resume vaccine exports by June
The world’s largest vaccine maker, based in India, will be able to restart exports of AstraZeneca doses by June if new coronavirus infections subside in the country, its chief executive says
8:20PM ( 7 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
The Latest: India sees another record day of new virus cases
India has hit another new peak with 115,736 coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours
1:29AM ( 2 hours ago )
Tanzania's new president changes policy on COVID-19, media
Tanzania’s new president appears to be taking a new, scientific approach to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
8:27PM ( 7 hours ago )
Paris Hilton returns to Utah for ceremonial bill signing
Paris Hilton returned to Salt Lake City for a ceremonial bill signing for a law that regulates treatment centers for troubled teens in Utah
6:52PM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Health
China condemns 2 ex-Xinjiang officials on separatism charges
China has sentenced a former education official and a former legal official in the northwestern region of Xinjiang to death with a two-year reprieve on charges including separatism and bribe taking
12:57AM ( 2 hours ago )
Toronto schools shutdown amid third wave of infections
Schools in Canada’s largest city will shut down Wednesday and move to online learning because of a third surge of coronavirus infections fueled by more-contagious virus variants
8:18PM ( 7 hours ago )
Refugee families urge Biden to keep promise to up admissions
The families of refugees and their supporters, including 124 elected officials, have sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to make good on his promise to boost refugee admissions to the United States
4:54PM ( 11 hours ago )
AP World News
Asian stocks mixed after lackluster day on Wall Street
Asian shares are mixed after Wall Street took a breather, with major indexes edging lower
11:52PM ( 4 hours ago )
eBay auction of Japanese internment art pulled after protest
The auction of a series of sketches purportedly drawn by an artist at the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar has been canceled after groups protested it was offensive and immoral to profit off the misery of incarcerated people
9:13PM ( 6 hours ago )
McConnell warns biz off political speech, says it's 'stupid'
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says “it’s quite stupid” for corporations to speak out against the Georgia voting law
8:13PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Business
Iran ship serving as Red Sea troop base near Yemen attacked
An Iranian cargo ship believed to be a base for the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen has been attacked
3:47AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Divers rescue Thai Buddhist monk trapped in flooded cave
A Buddhist monk who was trapped by floodwaters inside a cave in northern Thailand for four days has been rescued
3:45AM ( 9 minutes ago )
EU life expectancy drops across bloc amid virus pandemic
Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped last year, as the 27-nation bloc struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
3:35AM ( 18 minutes ago )
China condemns 2 ex-Xinjiang officials in separatism cases
A former education official and a former legal official in Xinjiang have been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in the latest national security cases China has brought against bureaucrats it accuses of trying to split the country
3:20AM ( 33 minutes ago )
Japan's Toshiba studies acquisition proposal by global fund
Japan's Toshiba Corp. says it is carefully considering a preliminary acquisition proposal
2:54AM ( 1 hour ago )