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16 sept. 2020 | 09h44 UTC

India: Over five million COVID-19 cases confirmed as of September 15 /update 71

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Indian health authorities report over five million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 15; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 16/9/2020, 12h00 until 16/10/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

Indian health authorities have confirmed over five million coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as of Tuesday, September 15. Over 90,000 cases have been reported daily over the past five days. As of Tuesday, health authorities have confirmed 5,020,359 COVID-19 cases, with 82,066 deaths.

The government is continuing to lift restrictions throughout the country despite the rising number of infections. Most workplaces and markets have reopened, and many cities are now permitting restaurants and bars to resume serving alcohol. Gyms have reopened, but schools, colleges, and cinemas remain closed.

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.

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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