India’s Covid-19 tally stood at 4 lakh 25 thousand 282 today after 14 thousand 821 fresh infections and 445 deaths, the highest so far, were reported in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry data revealed. There are 1 lakh 74 thousand 384 active Covid-19 cases and 2 lakh 37 thousand 195 people have been cured of the disease. The country’s death toll stands at 13 thousand 699. In some relief, the country’s recovery rate also went up to 55.77%. Recovery rate is the ratio of the number of patients recovered to the number of patients infected.
The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. The worldwide death toll has risen to 4 lakh 61 thousand 715 with 4743 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. More than two-thirds of those new deaths were reported in the Americas.
At a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump said Saturday the U.S. has tested 25 million people, but the “bad part” is that it found more cases. When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.'” When Trump’s remarks were questioned, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said that Trump was being “tongue-in-cheek” and made the comment in a “light mood.”
The U.S. has the world’s highest number of reported infections, over 2.2 million, and the highest death toll, at about 1 lakh 20,000, according to Johns Hopkins.
In Spain, officials ended a national state of emergency after three months of lockdown, allowing its 47 million residents to freely travel around the country for the first time since March 14. The country also dropped a 14-day quarantine for visitors from Britain and the 26 European countries that allow visa-free travel.
In England, lockdown restrictions prevented druids, pagans and party-goers on Sunday from watching the sun rise at the ancient circle of Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The number of confirmed virus cases is still growing rapidly in Brazil, South Africa and other countries, especially in Latin America.
Brazil’s Health Ministry said the total number of cases had risen by more than 50,000 in a day. President Jair Bolsonaro has been downplaying the risks even as his country has seen nearly 50,000 fatalities, the second-highest death toll in the world.
South Africa reported a one-day high of almost 5,000 new cases on Saturday and 46 deaths. Despite the increase, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a further loosening of one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. Casinos, beauty salons and sit-down restaurant service will reopen.
In Asia, China and South Korea reported new coronavirus cases on Sunday in outbreaks that threatened to set back their recoveries. Chinese authorities recorded 25 new confirmed cases, which includes 22 in Beijing. In South Korea, nearly 200 infections have been traced to employees at a door-to-door sales company in Seoul, and at least 70 other infections are tied to a table tennis club there. But South Korean officials are reluctant to enforce stronger social distancing to avoid hurting the economy.