Coronavirus — Skyrocketing Cases in Hong Kong, India

  • “I think the situation is really critical and there is no sign the situation is being brought under control,” Lam told journalists. 
  • Hong Kong initially recorded positive results in the fight against the pandemic, after it practically brought to end cases of local contagions in June.
  • India recorded 38,902 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, a record high.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced today that the Chinese region is in a “critical” situation, following the registration of a record 100 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours. Lam announced new measures aimed at halting the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus was first confirmed to have spread to Hong Kong on 23 January 2020. As of 18 July 2020, Hong Kong had 1,886 confirmed cases, 1,294 recovered cases (including 1 probable case) and 12 death cases.

“I think the situation is really critical and there is no sign the situation is being brought under control,” Lam told journalists. According to the Chief Executive, in the last two weeks, there have been 500 new cases of infection by COVID -19 in the region, bringing the total of cases in that city to 1,788, including 12 deaths.

Lam announced new measures, including a plan to make the use of a mask in closed public places mandatory, and the need to work at home for “non-essential” public service employees. The Chinese Special Administrative Region was one of the first areas to be hit by the pandemic, which was detected in Mainland China in December.

Hong Kong initially recorded positive results in the fight against the pandemic, after it practically brought to end cases of local contagions in June. However, the number of new cases has started to rise again in the past two weeks, and doctors are now struggling to identify the transmission chains in that densely populated territory, home to roughly 7.5 million people.

Last week, the authorities came up with new measures of social distance, such as the closing of gyms and the mandatory use of a mask in public places.

Record Number in India

The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in India was reported on 30 January 2020, originating from China. As of 19 July there have been 27,503 deaths reported from more than 1.1 million cases.

India recorded 38,902 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, a record high, increasing the total infected to 1,077,618, according to the local Ministry of Health. In the last 24 hours, there were 543 deaths, increasing the total number of deaths due to COVID 19 in India to 26,816.

According to the Indian Ministry of Health, the number of people who have recovered from the infection continues to increase, now at the rate of 62.82%, and 677,422 were said to be cured. According to experts, India is expected to witness a series of outbreaks of infections in most of it’s rural areas.

Local authorities continue to impose targeted confinements in various areas of the country that experience outbreaks. India has the third-highest number of cases in the world, after the United States and Brazil.

The pandemic of COVID-19 has so far caused more than 600,000 deaths and infected more than 14.2 million people in 196 countries and territories across the world, as per a report by the French news agency, AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan .

After Europe overtook China as the epicenter of the pandemic in February, the American continents are now home to the most confirmed cases and the most deaths due to the pandemic.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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