New Delhi (AP) -The Prime Minister of India received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as 126,789 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours and reached another peak on Thursday.
“Vaccination is one of the few ways to get rid of the virus. If you qualify for the vaccine, get it right away,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He received his first vaccination on March 1st.
India started vaccination activities in January. To date, more than 90 million healthcare workers and Indians over the age of 45 have received at least one shot. Only 11 million of them received both doses as India is trying to build immunity to protect about 1.4 billion people.
A new case reported by the Ministry of Health overtook 115,736 infections on Wednesday, with dozens of cities and towns trying to contain the infection by imposing a curfew.
The death toll has increased by 685 in the last 24 hours, the highest since November, and the country’s casualties have increased to 166,862 since the pandemic began.
The western part of Maharashtra, which suffered the worst damage in the country, accounted for nearly 47% of new infections.
The federal government refused to impose a second national blockade because of the severe economic consequences of last year, but the state decided to impose local restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. I asked for it.
Currently, India’s seven-day moving average exceeds 80,000 per day, with 12.9 million viruses reported since the outbreak of the pandemic, the third highest number after the United States and Brazil.
In other developments in the Asia Pacific region:
— Cambodia is closing Angkor temples for visitors due to the increasing outbreak of COVID-19. Cambodia has confirmed 3,028 cases since the pandemic began, but the outbreak that began in February has infected hundreds of people. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health said 113 cases were reported from local infections and two died. The ministry tracked outbreaks in foreign residents who broke hotel quarantine and visited night clubs. The government closed schools and entertainment venues accordingly, but as the outbreak spread, the abandoned hotel was converted into a coronavirus hospital and criminal penalties were imposed for violating health regulations. Built between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor Temple is Cambodia’s largest tourist attraction, although the pandemic has dramatically reduced the number of visitors. The APSARA Authority, which oversees the site, states that the visitor ban will continue until April 20th.
— South Korea reported an additional 700 new cases as the colonavirus spreads at a rate close to that seen during the worst outbreaks of winter. The numbers announced by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Thursday resulted in a national number of 107,598 cases, including 1,758 deaths. About 500 new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which was the center of the country’s outbreak. Health officials are expected to announce a stronger social distance step on Friday. They say they will decide whether to resume administration of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to people under the age of 60 over the weekend. Injections were suspended while European regulators were considering possible associations with rare blood clots.The· European Medicines Agency He emphasized that the benefits of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for most people. South Korea’s vaccination campaign has relied primarily on AstraZeneca shots made by the local company SK Bioscience.
— An additional 11 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the only active outbreak in China. There were more than 100 cases in Ruili City, Yunnan Province, including those with no symptoms, but it seems that the vaccination campaign and the stay-at-home order have suppressed large-scale infections. Ruirei also reported a new case of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 without showing symptoms, the National Health Commission reported Thursday. According to the party’s state disciplinary observer, the city’s chief executive officer, the Communist Party Secretary, was dismissed from his post and subject to administrative sanctions for his “neglect of significant obligations in the prevention and management of epidemics.” It was. China has reported 90,365 cases of COVID-19 since the coronavirus was first detected in central Wuhan in late 2019, killing 4,636 people. Thursday was also the anniversary of the end of the 76-day blockade in Wuhan, where more than 11 million people were trapped in their homes to contain the virus epidemic after the first failure China had not yet acknowledged.
— New Zealand has temporarily suspended travel from India due to an increase in arrivals from India who test positive for the coronavirus. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspension will take effect on Sunday and will be valid until April 28. He emphasized that this is the first time New Zealand has suspended the trip of its own people to return home and that the measures are temporary. The announcement was made after security guards at a quarantine hotel in New Zealand tested positive for the virus. There is no evidence that the outbreak has spread further. New Zealand has managed to eradicate the spread of the virus, so whenever a non-quarantine person is positive, it represents a serious concern. Since the pandemic began, 5 million countries have reported 2,500 cases and 26 deaths.