India’s caseload surges again, 39 sick in S Korea

NEW DELHI (AP) — India yesterday registered another record single-day jump of 7,964 coronavirus cases and 265 deaths, a day before the two-month-old lockdown is set to end.

The Health Ministry put the total number of confirmed cases at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. The infections include 82,369 people who recovered.

More than 70 per cent of the cases are concentrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an open letter marking the first year of his government’s second term, said India was on the path to victory in its battle against the virus. He said India will set “an example in economic revival” and asked the nation to show a “firm resolve”.

Modi acknowledged the “tremendous suffering” of millions of migrant workers who lost their jobs during the lockdown and forced to make gruelling and dangerous trips back to their hometowns.

A Naga girl wearing a face mask walks by the side of a road in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. PHOTO: AP

India started easing lockdown restrictions earlier this month, allowing reopening of shops and manufacturing and resumption of some train links and domestic flights.

Subways, schools and colleges, hotels and restaurants remain shuttered nationwide.

India surpassed China both in terms of confirmed cases and deaths from the disease.

South Korea yesterday reported 39 new cases of the coronavirus, most in the densely populated Seoul area where officials linked scores of infections to warehouse workers.

Figures from South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) brought national totals to 11,441 confirmed cases and 269 deaths. KCDC Director Jeong Eun-kyeong said on Friday at least 102 infections were linked to workers at a warehouse operated by Coupang, a local e-commerce giant.

The company has been criticised for failing to implement proper preventive measures and enforce distance between employees, with the virus discovered on safety helmets, laptops, keyboards and other shared equipment.