According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 27 deaths and 663 cases of COVID-19 were reported in a single day. On Oct.20 last year, 660 cases were reported.
A rare disease in normal times, authorities say thousands have developed Mucormycosis — or black fungus — across India as it battles a COVID-19 wave that has killed more than 100,000 people in the past month.
The ranking focused on five main categories, including government efficiency, economic resilience, the efficiency of the quarantine system, healthcare management and vaccination rates.
The health ministry stressed in a statement that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
Pakistan has recorded a positivity ratio of less than 2 per cent for the last nine days as a downward COVID-19 trajectory continues. The infection rate in the last 24 hours remained 1.35 per cent.
To encourage travellers to visit India, the government plans to issue 500,000 free visas through next March. The moves are expected to boost the tourism and hospitality sector, which was battered by the pandemic.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention also noted that an additional 72 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 737,821.
In its latest weekly update on the pandemic, the UN health agency said on Wednesday that confirmed cases dropped 12% to more than 3 million and reported deaths declined 22% to about 7,600.
The latest decision could send free-spending Chinese tourists to revenue-starved destinations in Asia and Europe for Lunar New Year, which begins on Jan.22 and usually is the country's busiest travel season. But it also presents a danger they might spread COVID-19 as infections surge in China.
After three years, mainland China opened sea and land crossings with Hong Kong and ended a requirement for incoming travellers to quarantine, dismantling a final pillar of a zero-COVID policy that had shielded China's 1.4b people from the virus but also cut them off from the rest of the world.