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30 Aug 2020 | 12:31 PM UTC

India: Authorities report global daily record in COVID-19 cases August 30 /update 65

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Health officials in India report the largest recorded daily number of COVID-19 cases on August 30; further spread of the virus expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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On Sunday, August 30, India reported a record number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases reported in a single day anywhere across the world since the pandemic began. Health officials reported 78,761 cases on Sunday, eclipsing the 77,299 reported by the United States on July 16. India has recorded the third highest number of total cases behind the US and Brazil, but has been reporting a higher daily number of cases than these two countries for the past two weeks. A further 948 deaths from the virus were reported on Sunday.

Despite the rising case numbers, authorities are still pushing ahead with some easing of restrictions. Underground train networks have been permitted to reopen, with the New Delhi subway due to resume with restrictions from September 7. Some areas remain under strict lockdown measures and the scale of restrictions imposed in other locations vary dependant on both the infection rate and the measures imposed by local and state authorities.

As of August 30, there have been 3,542,733 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 63,498 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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