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17 juill. 2020 | 16h17 UTC

India: Over one million COVID-19 cases confirmed as of July 17 /update 53

India Alerte de sécurité

Authorities record over one million COVID-19 cases as of July 17; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 17/7/2020, 12h00 until 31/7/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Bihar, India

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Event

As of Friday, July 17, Indian authorities have recorded over one million confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with the current total at 1,003,832 cases and 25,602 associated fatalities. This comes following the announcement of the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases to date in India, with 32,695 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Thursday, July 16.

Additionally, on July 14, authorities imposed a complete lockdown in Bihar state until July 31. The lockdown came into effect on Thursday, July 16. Throughout the lockdown period, all private and commercial establishments, educational institutions, places of worship, and parks have been closed. Essential services are allowed to continue, and restaurants can provide delivery and takeaway services. The decision came following a significant spike in COVID-19 cases across the state.

Further 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). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

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

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

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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