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India reports 933 deaths in 24 hours as cases near 2.1 million


A lab technician tests samples at the Communicable Disease Hospital treating COVID-19 patients. File/AP

India has recorded 933 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours as fresh infections surged by another 61,537 cases to reach nearly 2.1 million.

The Health Ministry says the total deaths touched 42,518, including more than 20,000 in the past 30 days. An average of around 50,000 new cases are reported each day since mid-June.


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The ministry asked state authorities to test grocery shop workers and street vendors, saying that if undetected they can potentially spread infection to a large number of people.

India has the third-highest caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil. It has the fifth-most deaths but its fatality rate of about 2% is far lower than the top two hardest-hit countries.

A patient is connected to an oxygen tank in the Intensive Care Unit ward for COVID-19 patients. File/AP

Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease has spread widely across the country.

Mexico has posted 6,717 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, increasing the country’s accumulated total to 469,407.

Officials also said Friday that the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths rose by 794 to a total of 51,311.

Hopes for a significant decline in cases have been frustrated by continued high infection rates. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said Friday that "this is going to be a prolonged pandemic.”

Mexico was stung Thursday when the United States imposed a Level 4 "do not travel” warning for Mexico, citing COVID-19 rates and disruptions to normal services.

Cruise ships can resume operating in Italy starting Aug. 15.

A COVID-19 patient being taken to the new intensive care unit built in Milan, Italy. File/AP

The government on Friday night gave the OK in one of its latest moves to boost Italy’s vital tourism industry, which has been pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic.

The approval came despite COVID-19 infections being confirmed in passengers and crew in recently resumed cruises in other European nations. Norway decided to close its ports to cruises ships for two weeks after dozens aboard a cruise liner tested positive for the coronavirus.

With tourism now largely limited to Italians and some other Europeans during the pandemic, many cafes and trattorias risk going out of business.

The government at the Cabinet meeting earmarked some 600 million euros ($720 million) to shore up the restaurant industry and the farm sector.

Associated Press

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