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05 Sep 2020 | 10:23 AM UTC

India: Over 4 million COVID-19 cases reported as of September 5 /update 68

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Authorities report over 4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of September 5

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/12/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Indian health authorities announced on Saturday, September 5, that over 4 million coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases had been confirmed as of September 5. In the previous 24 hours, 86,432 new COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,023,179 with 69,561 associated deaths. India currently has the third-largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world behind Brazil and the US.  

Additionally, on August 31, the Indian 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 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. 


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.


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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