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03 oct. 2020 | 16h21 UTC

India: Over 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths reported as of October 3 /update 73

India Alerte de sécurité

Health authorities confirm over 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths as of October 3; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/10/2020, 12h00 until 10/10/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

Indian health authorities announced that over 100,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related deaths have been confirmed in the country as of Saturday, October 3. A total of 100,842 deaths have been reported to date, second only to the US. Additionally, as of October 3, health authorities have confirmed 6,473,544 cases of COVID-19 in India.

International flight operations remain suspended until October 31, while domestic flights were allowed to resume on May 25. Restrictions remain in place at varying levels in a number of Indian states. Large gatherings remain prohibited and the wearing of a face covering is mandatory in public spaces. Train and metro services resumed on a limited capacity on September 7.

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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