NEW DELHI – For the first time in weeks, daily cases in India fell below 300,000 and continued to decline as the country battled a sharp spike in COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health said around 280,000 cases and 4,106 deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. Both numbers are almost certainly undercounted.
India’s west coast state of Gujarat is preparing for a severe cyclone that affects its coronavirus measures. Cyclone Tauktae has already caused deadly flooding and is expected to land late Monday or early Tuesday. Gujarat has suspended its vaccination campaign for two days.
But India’s general vaccination efforts are also having problems. Since the country opened vaccinations to all adults this month, the pace of the administration of doses has slowed, and many states say they don’t have enough supplies to hand them over. In the past month, cases have tripled and deaths have increased six times – but vaccinations are down 40%.
The southern state of Karnataka has suspended vaccinations for the 18-44 age bracket at government-run centers, and a number of states are trying to get shots directly from overseas to address a domestic shortage.
On Sunday, health officials said around 5 million doses will be shipped to the states this week.
India has the second highest case number after the US with more than 24 million confirmed infections and over 270,000 deaths.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– A drop in cases brings a glimmer of hope in India, but the lack of beds and the oxygen show virus crisis are not over yet
– Britain is preparing to reopen on Monday but new Spark variants are worried
– Some are unwilling to give up masks despite new CDC guidelines
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HERE HAPPENS WHAT OTHER HAPPENS:
BEIJING – China is rolling out new controls in a northeastern province believed to have seen several new cases of COVID-19.
China reported five new local transmission cases on Monday, all in Liaoning province or believed to be related to its cases.
Checkpoints have been set up at toll stations, airports and train stations in three cities in Liaoning, and travelers will be required to have evidence of a recent negative virus test, according to state media reports on Monday. Mass tests were ordered in part of Yingkou, a port city with shipping links to more than 40 countries.
China had largely eradicated the transmission of the coronavirus domestically through public restrictions, contact tracing, mass testing and, increasingly, vaccinations. Health officials suggest that the domestic cases may have spread through contact with an imported case.
China has reported 90,872 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,636 deaths since the virus was discovered in Wuhan in late 2019.
ATLANTA – The immunologist who leads the US COVID-19 response said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health inequalities that are particularly harmful to African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.
COVID-19 has highlighted “the flaws of our own society,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci during a graduation ceremony for Emory University.
In a webcast from Washington, Fauci told Atlanta graduates that many members of minority groups work in important jobs where they may be exposed to the coronavirus. He also said that they are more likely to become infected if exposed due to conditions like high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or obesity.
“Now very few of these comorbidities have racial determinants,” said Fauci. “Almost all of them refer to the social determinants of health stemming from the adverse conditions some black people find themselves in from birth in terms of the availability of adequate nutrition, access to health care and the undeniable effects of racism in our society . “
Fauci said correcting societal mistakes will take decades, and he urged graduates to be part of the solution.
SANAA, Yemen – Yemen’s football association said the country’s national coach died of COVID-19 on Sunday.
The Yemeni Football Association says Sami al-Naash died in a hospital in the southern port city of Aden.
Al-Naash was infected at a national team camp in southern Shabwa province last month, according to local reports.
Yemen’s national team prepared for three games in the coming weeks in hopes of qualifying for the Asian Cup and the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar. Yemen plays in Group D along with Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Singapore and the Palestinian Territories.
The country, which has been ravaged by civil war since 2014, has seen a surge in coronavirus cases that overwhelmed Yemen’s depleted medical facilities.