India’s COVID-19 cases passed the 4.7 million mark Sunday after it recorded more than 94,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, health ministry figures confirm.
India recorded a daily increase of 94,372 new coronavirus cases. This was the fifth straight day it reported over 90,000 new cases – adding more than one million new infections in less than two weeks.
The total now stands at 4,754,356 with a daily total of 1,114 deaths. The total number of deaths is 78,586.
India media reports confirmed Home Minister Amit Shah was readmitted to a hospital in New Delhi late Saturday.
He tested positive a few weeks back, was then hospitalized and discharged two weeks ago.
Fears are growing in India however, that the number of cases could surpass that of the US by the end of September. Already India is the second-worst affected country in the world, after the US, which has recorded 6.5 million cases.
President Biden tests negative for Covid-19
President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a letter from White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, but he will continue to isolate until he tests negative a second time, NPR reported.
“The President continues to feel very well,” O’Connor wrote. Biden has been testing daily since he first tested positive for the virus on July 21. The White House said he experienced only mild symptoms, including fatigue, a runny nose, and cough.
According to NPR Biden, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, was prescribed the antiviral therapy Paxlovid, a standard course of treatment for people who are considered to be at higher risk of adverse affects of COVID, including anyone over 50.
His symptoms were “nearly resolved” after four days of treatment, the White House said.
The president briefly left isolation last week, after testing negative for COVID on July 27. He reentered isolation after testing positive again on July 30, in what O’Connor described as a “rebound” case, read the report.
On Saturday night, the White House announced that Biden planned to travel to Rehoboth Beach, Del., early on Sunday morning.
North Korea marks end of first COVID wave, but risks persist
North Korea on Friday said all of its fever patients have recovered, marking the end of its first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, but challenges linger with economic hardships deepening and an unvaccinated population exposed to future resurgences, Reuters reported Friday.
While state media said the “anti-epidemic situation has entered a definite phase of stability”, rather than boasting of victory, North Korea said it would “redouble efforts to maintain perfection in the execution of state anti-epidemic policies”.
The reclusive country has never confirmed how many people caught COVID-19, apparently lacking testing supplies. But it said around 4.77 million fever patients have fully recovered and 74 died since late April. It has reported no new fever cases since July 30.
South Korean officials and medical experts have cast doubts on those figures, especially the number of deaths.
Shin Young-jeon, a professor at Hanyang University’s medical school in Seoul, said while the peak of the first COVID wave may have passed, the stated fatalities were nearly “impossible” and there could be up to 50,000 deaths.
“Their success, if any, should lie in the fact that the outbreak didn’t lead to a political or social chaos. Whether their COVID response was successful was another problem.”
South Korea’s Unification Minister Kwon Young-se, responsible for inter-Korean affairs, said this week there were “credibility issues” with the North’s data but the COVID situation seemed “somewhat under control.”
Experts said the pandemic and a nationwide lockdown would deepen the North’s already dire food situation, and the World Health Organization said in June the COVID situation there could be getting worse.
Latest count of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide
As of 5am GMT (8.3am Kabul time) the COVID-19 global confirmed cases stood at just over 580 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in the US.
Country’s with the highest confirmed cases are as follows:
South Korea 20,160,154
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