NEW DELHI (AP) – The Prime Minister of India has received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as the country reached another peak on Thursday with 126,789 new cases in the last 24 hours.
“Vaccination is one of the few ways to fight the virus. “If you have the right to a vaccine, shoot as soon as possible,” wrote Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He received the first shot of his vaccine on March 1.
India launched its vaccine engine in January. So far, more than 90 million paramedics over the age of 45 have received at least one shot. Only 11 million of them received both doses as India seeks to build immunity to protect its nearly 1.4 billion people.
New cases reported by the Ministry of Health exceeded 115,736 infections on Wednesday in dozens of cities and towns, which imposed a night curfew in an attempt to contain infections.
The death toll has risen by 685 in the last 24 hours, the highest since the epidemic began in November, bringing the nation’s death toll to 166,862.
The worst-hit western state of Maharashtra accounted for almost 47% of new infections.
The federal government lifted the second nationwide blockade after the first year of severe economic impact, but asked the states to decide on local restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
India now has a seven-day moving average of more than 80,000 cases per day, reporting 12.9 million cases since the start of the epidemic, the third-highest after the United States and Brazil.
In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region.
– Cambodia closes Angkor Temple complex to visitors due to rising COVID-19 outbreak Cambodia has confirmed 3,028 cases since the outbreak, but hundreds have been infected since the outbreak began in February. The health ministry said Thursday that 113 cases had been reported from local transfers, with two deaths. The ministry found the outbreak in a foreigner who broke the hotel quarantine for visiting a nightclub. In response, the government closed schools and entertainment venues, but as the epidemic escalated, the existing hotel was converted into a coronavirus hospital, with criminal penalties for violating health rules. Built between the 9th and 15th centuries, Angkor Temples are one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist attractions, although the epidemic has drastically reduced the number of visitors. The Apsara Authority, which oversees the site, says the ban will last until April 20.
– South Korea has reported more than 700 new cases of coronavirus spreading at the rate seen during the worst outbreak of winter. Figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Thursday raised the national burden to 107,598, including 1,758 deaths. About 500 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which was the epicenter of the country’s outbreak. Health officials are expected to announce stronger social exclusion measures on Friday. They say they will decide on the weekend to restart AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines for people under 60 60. The injections were stopped while regulators in Europe were reviewing possible links to the rare blood tissue. The European Medical Agency emphasizes that the benefits of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for most people. The South Korean vaccination campaign is mainly based on AstraZeneca personnel produced by local company SK Bioscience.
– Another 11 people were diagnosed with COVID-19, the only active outbreak in China. More than 100 cases have been reported in Ruili, Yunnan Province, including asymptomatic cases but vaccination campaigns and house arrests appear to be preventing large-scale transmission. Rowley also reported a new case in which a person tested positive for COVID-19 without any symptoms. The secretary of the city’s Communist Party, whose chief official has been fired, has been given an administrative penalty for “serious breach of debt for epidemic prevention and control,” according to the party’s state disciplinary oversight. China has reported 90,365 cases of COVID-19 since the coronavirus was first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019 with 4,636 deaths. Thursday marks the end of the 76-day blockade in Wuhan
– New Zealand temporarily suspends travel from India as more arrivals from that country are positive for coronavirus. New Zealand Prime Minister Jac Asinda Ardern said the suspension would take effect on Sunday and would remain in place until April 28. He said it was the first time New Zealand had stopped traveling for its own citizens trying to return home, adding that the measure was temporary. The announcement was made after a security guard at one of the quarantine hotels in New Aland անդland positively assessed the virus. There is no evidence that the outbreak spread further. New Zealand has managed to prevent the spread of the virus, so when someone in quarantine tests is positive, it is a matter of serious concern. People with a population of 5 million have reported 2,500 cases and 26 deaths since the outbreak began.