India’s daily cases below 50,000 for a month

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A staff member garnishes a dish with bread themed in a facemask design as part of an awareness for Covid-19 coronavirus, before serving to the guests at a food court in Amritsar on December 4, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 05 December 2020

India’s daily cases below 50,000 for a month

India’s daily cases below 50,000 for a month
  • India’s home ministry has allowed states to impose local restrictions, such as night curfews
  • It has asked state officials to consult before imposing lockdowns at state, district or city levels

NEW DELHI: India has registered 36,652 confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
India’s health ministry on Saturday also recorded 512 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total deaths to nearly 140,000. The pace of new cases has seen a downward trend, with single-day cases remaining below the 50,000 mark for a month.
India has 9.6 million total cases, second behind the US with 14.3 million. But globally it has one of the lowest deaths per million population, according to the Health Ministry.
India’s home ministry has allowed states to impose local restrictions, such as night curfews. It has asked state officials to consult before imposing lockdowns at state, district or city levels.


Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike

Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike
Updated 19 January 2021

Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike

Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike
  • The emergency is scheduled to last until Feb. 7
TOKYO: Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday over the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country grapples with a surge in infections six months before it is set to host the Summer Olympics.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said emergency measures include asking restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m. and residents to refrain from non-urgent outings after 8 p.m.
The emergency is scheduled to last until Feb. 7.
The national government had already issued a state of emergency for Tokyo and other areas but the southern island, which hosts the bulk of US military forces in Japan, went ahead and declared an emergency of its own after a spike in cases.
The prefecture confirmed 113 cases on Tuesday, its third-highest daily tally on record, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Shizuoka prefecture, home to Mount Fuji, also declared “an emergency alert” of its own on Tuesday after it found cases of a more contagious coronavirus variant, Kyodo News reported.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to forge ahead with preparations to hold the Olympics this summer, in the face of growing public opposition as COVID-19 cases mount.
Recent polls show around 80 percent of people in Japan believe the Olympics, already postponed by a year because of the pandemic, should not be held this summer, while one of Suga’s cabinet members told Reuters last week the Games may not go ahead as planned.