Virus cases surge in US, India, but slow in China, Korea
NEW DELHI (AP) - The world saw the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases to date. Infections increased in rural villages in India after migrant workers fled large cities.
India's coronavirus case numbers increased nearly 15,000 to 425,282 on Monday, with more than 13,000 deaths, the Ministry of Health reported.
After the nationwide ban was eased, the Indian government has used special trains in the past few weeks to bring thousands of migrant workers back to their native villages. Almost 90% of the poorest districts of India have cases, although the outbreak remains concentrated in the states of Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, which are home to major cities.
Infections slowed in China and South Korea, indicating progress in containing their latest outbreaks. Despite clear progress in containing the virus in regions where there were early outbreaks, the number of new virus cases has increased worldwide in recent days. In Brazil, Iraq, India, and the United States, hospitals are trying to cope.
Almost 9 million people have been infected with the new corona virus and more than 468,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Experts say that the actual numbers are much higher given the test limits and the suspected large proportion of asymptomatic cases.
In a grim reminder of the ubiquitous reach of the pandemic, Filipino officials said the Saudi Arabian king has asked that the remains of 282 Filipino workers who have died in the oil-rich kingdom in recent months be returned within three days. They died for various reasons, but virus restrictions delayed the return.
Minister of Labor Silvestre Bello III. Said the Filipino government asked to extend the deadline and bury the bodies of around 50 Filipinos who died from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia.
The Philippines has reported more than 30,000 infections and 1,169 deaths, including the highest in Southeast Asia. It is struggling to bring home tens of thousands of Filipinos who have lost their jobs abroad.
In Pakistan, infections are increasing and hospitals have to reject patients. In mid-June there are up to 6,800 cases a day. The government has eased pandemic restrictions in the hope of saving an almost collapsed economy as the number of people living in poverty has increased from 220 million to 40%, from 30% of the population.
In Iraq, masked workers set up provisional coronavirus stations on Baghdad's vast exhibition grounds when a long-feared surge in infections strained hospitals that were overwhelmed by years of conflict and poor infrastructure.
Late Sunday, the World Health Organization reported the largest increase in coronavirus cases in one day with more than 183,000 new cases in the past 24 hours. Brazil reached 54,771 and the United States was 36,617, the UN health agency said. India reported more than 15,400.
Experts say increasing case numbers reflect several factors, including more testing and the spread of infections. More than two-thirds of the new deaths have been reported on the American continent.
In East Asia, however, there were signs of progress as South Korea reported 17 new cases. For the first time in almost a month, its daily rate fell to below 20.
The recent outbreak focused on the capital, Seoul, where the mayor warned that stronger social detachment measures could be reinstated if daily new cases did not fall below the 30 average over the next three days.
"If Seoul is infected (by the virus), the whole of the Republic of Korea will be penetrated," said Mayor Park Won-soon using the country's official name. He said the basic number of virus carriers or the number of infections caused by a person rose to almost 1.8 between April 30 and June 11. Any number over 1 indicates a growing epidemic.
An increase in cases among people from South Asia meant that travelers from Pakistan and Bangladesh no longer received new visas.
In other Asian countries, Beijing's rise was single-digit for the first time in eight days. Nine cases have been reported.
However, the Australian state of Victoria reported 16 new cases of coronavirus when it tried to control an outbreak there. The number of cases there is the highest in two months and accounts for more than 80% of new cases in Australia in the past week.
In the United States, experts say that the recurrence of infections there is not a so-called "second wave", but rather a continuation of the first wave of outbreaks as the number of cases reaches a plateau.
New cases are emerging in some parts of the country, while they are increasing mainly in the South, West and Midwest, and flooding hospitals in some areas.
The corona virus has killed approximately 120,000 people nationwide. More than 30,000 cases were reported on Friday and Saturday, with daily totals being the highest since May 1st.
In New York City, the worst affected area to date, efforts to stop the pandemic from spreading contact are hampered by the reluctance of many people to share information with tracers.
The New York Times reported that only 35% of the 5,347 city residents who tested positive or rated positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the contact tracking program provided information about their close contacts.
Dr. Ted Long, director of the new Test and Trace Corps in New York City, defended the program, saying 69% of people interviewed say they gave contacts.
The city will reach a turning point on Monday: New Yorkers can eat out again for the first time in three months, but only at outdoor tables. Shoppers can browse, shaggy heads get haircuts, and kids climb on playground monkey bars instead of on the walls of their home.
Office workers are allowed to resume work, but many are not.
Larry Silverstein, the 89-year-old developer of the World Trade Center, said he couldn't wait.
The return to the office and personal teamwork bring "a pleasure, a fulfillment, such a feeling of being able to work," he said.
"I went through September 11th. I remember people telling me we could never get people to return to Lower Manhattan, ”said Silverstein, who had leased the Twin Towers six weeks before the 2001 terrorist attack destroyed them. "Never bet against New York, because New York keeps coming back, bigger and better than ever."
Associated press journalists from around the world have contributed to this. Kurtenbach reported from Bangkok.
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