India’s virus cases jump on New Delhi resurgence

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus outbreak rose by over 50,000 cases yesterday amid a resurgence of infections in the capital.

The Health Ministry also reported another 704 fatalities in the past 24 hours across the country, raising India’s overall death toll to 124,315.

Nerves are frayed in New Delhi after it reported a record 6,842 new cases in the past 24 hours. It has over 37,000 active cases.

The ministry has attributed the surge in New Delhi to the festival season and warned that the situation can worsen due to people crowding markets for festival shopping. The surge comes as New Delhi appears to be heading for a cold wave, along with the fast-worsening air quality. Health experts are concerned low temperatures and high pollution will worsen the virus outbreak.

With 8.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, India is the second worst-hit country behind the United States (US).

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a woman for a RT-PCR Covid-19 test in India. PHOTO: AFP

China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders resident in Britain in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom (UK).

The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to November 3, with exceptions for diplomatic, service, courtesy or C-visas, while foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for special case visas.

China has largely contained the spread of coronavirus within the country but continues to record imported cases, including another 20 reported yesterday.

It was not immediately clear how many of those were arrivals from Britain. China requires all those arriving in China to undergo two weeks of quarantine.

Sri Lankan authorities will end a pandemic curfew imposed in parts of the country, saying people themselves should take the responsibility to avoid being infected the coronavirus. Army Commander Shavendra Silva heads a COVID-19 task force and he said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is keen that a 10-day curfew now in force in Sri Lanka’s Western Province and some other areas be lifted on Monday.

Silva said the country’s economy cannot sustain continued closure, with daily wage earners and small businesses being particularly hit hard. He told Sri Lankans, “The country must move forward and the responsibility is with you the public.”

Sri Lanka is in the midst of a second wave of virus infections with clusters that spread from a garment factory and the country’s main wholesale fish market.