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03 Sep 2020 | 09:52 PM UTC

India: Highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases reported September 3 /update 67

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Highest daily 24-hour increase in COVID-19 cases reported September 3; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/17/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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On Thursday, September 3, Indian health authorities announced the highest 24-hour increase in cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with a total of 83,883 new cases being reported nationwide. The latest tally brings India's total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,853,406 with 67,376 associated fatalities.

Despite the rising case numbers, authorities are still pushing ahead with some easing of restrictions, with the fourth stage of easing being named "Unlock 4.0". Under Unlock 4.0 states will no longer be permitted to impose lockdowns outside existing containment zones without approval from the central government. Underground train networks have been permitted to reopen from Monday, September 7 and some school classes will resume on a voluntary basis. There will be no restrictions on the intra-state movement of people and goods and social, cultural, religious, and other functions will be permitted with a limit of 100 people. However, cinemas, swimming pools, entertainment parks, and theatres will remain closed and people over 65 years of age and below ten are still advised to stay at home and only venture out for essential and health purposes.

Previously, on Monday, August 31, the government extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights through the end of September. Cargo flights and other flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation remain exempt from the restrictions. India has also begun rescheduling flights under specific "travel bubbles" with several countries, including the US, the UK, Germany, and France. Further bubbles are likely to be created in the coming weeks. International passenger flights have been suspended since March 22. Domestic flights resumed on May 25, although they are operating on a reduced schedule.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

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 the 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.

Advice

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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