India’s number of coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching one million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. Cases have jumped by 100,000 in four days.
The Health Ministry also reported another 553 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 23,727.
India has largely lifted its nationwide lockdown, and the virus has been spreading at a significant rate, prompting several big cities to impose partial lockdowns. The southern city of Pune started a 10-day lockdown Tuesday in an attempt to break the chain of infections. Only essentials including milk shops, pharmacies, doctors’ clinics and emergency services will be allowed open.
Eight of India’s 28 states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi, account for nearly 90 per cent of cases.
India is the third worst-affected country in terms of infections, behind only the United States and Brazil. As of 6:25 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the global coronavirus case count stood at 13,113,181, with 573,288 deaths due to the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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What’s happening with coronavirus in Canada
As of 6:25 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 108,155 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 71,841 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 8,827.
Here’s what’s happening around the world
Australia’s Queensland state is toughening the punishment for those who break coronavirus quarantine rules. Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the current fines for breaking a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for some visitors or lying about their whereabouts may not be a sufficient penalty.
The maximum penalty will now be a higher fine or up to six months’ imprisonment.
Queensland reopened its borders to all but Victoria state residents two weeks ago. Victoria is the centre of Australia’s recent outbreak, adding 270 new infections overnight to its more than 4,000 active cases.
The Victorian city of Melbourne is under a six-week lockdown to try to contain the outbreak.
Hong Kong will impose strict new physical distancing measures from midnight Tuesday, the most stringent in the Asian financial hub since the coronavirus broke out, as authorities warn the risk of a large-scale outbreak is extremely high.
The Chinese-ruled city recorded 48 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, including 40 that were locally transmitted, health authorities said. Since late January, Hong Kong has reported over 1,500 cases and eight deaths.
The new physical distancing measures make face masks mandatory for people using public transport and restaurants will no longer provide dine-in services and only offer takeaway after 6 p.m. Both are new rules that were not implemented during the city’s first and second coronavirus waves earlier this year.
Russia on Tuesday reported 6,248 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its confirmed national tally to 739,947, the fourth largest in the world. Officials said 175 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 11,614.
China said the number of people in treatment for COVID-19 in the country has fallen to just 297, with only three new cases of coronarvirus reported, all brought from outside the country.
No new deaths were announced, leaving the total at 4,634 out of 83,605 cases of the disease. Another 115 people are in isolation and being monitored for either being suspected cases or having the disease without showing any symptoms.
South Korea reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 as its prime minister called for vigilance ahead of the summer holiday season. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the caseload to 13,512 cases, including 289 deaths.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun urged people to avoid crowded areas, maintain distance with others and wear masks as they travel to beaches and other areas during the holiday season.
South Africa announced 11,554 new coronavirus cases and is among the world’s 10 biggest outbreaks, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins. South Africa now has 287,796 cases with more than a third in Gauteng province, home of major city Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.
The country is under newly tightened restrictions including a ban on alcohol sales, mandatory face masks in public places and an overnight curfew.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has more than 33,000 cases and is struggling with shortages of medical equipment and personnel. Coronavirus cases across the continent have climbed above 600,000 as the pandemic continues to pick up speed.
France is honouring front-line workers on its biggest national holiday Tuesday, recalibrating Bastille Day’s usual grandiose military parade to celebrate heroes of the coronavirus pandemic instead.
This year’s commemoration will also pay homage to former President Charles de Gaulle, eight decades after the historic appeal he made to opponents of France’s Nazi occupiers that gave birth to the French Resistance.
But the battle against the virus, which has claimed more than 30,000 lives in France, is expected to be the main focus of the official event in central Paris, as President Emmanuel Macron seeks to highlight France’s successes in combating its worst crisis since the Second World War.
Belgium, which has reined in the coronavirus after becoming the worst-hit mid-sized country in the world, reported zero new coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday for the first time since March 10.
As in many European countries that were hard hit by the pandemic in March and April, Belgium sharply reduced infections by imposing a lockdown, which is now being lifted.
The curve of confirmed infections has flattened dramatically, with a total of 62,781, though the daily average of new cases in the last seven days, at 95, was up 11 per cent from the previous week.
In the United States, Hawaii’s governor said he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travellers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of testing supplies.
“I know that this increases the burden on businesses here in the islands, especially small businesses. But we do believe that it is time to continue to protect the health and safety of our community,” Gov. David Ige said at a news conference.
Hawaii reported 23 new cases on Monday for a total of 1,243. It has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S.