The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center said on Sunday that it has recorded 249.5 million global COVID cases and more than 5 million deaths. The Center said that 7.2 billion COVID vaccines have been administered.
The city council of a Northern California city has declared itself a “constitutional republic,” as a way of expressing its displeasure at issuing mandates to state and federal overreach, such as the wearing of masks, that have been known to combat COVID-19. Designed to deal with pandemics.
Legal experts say the move by Auroville’s city council, however, does not allow Auroville to opt out of the mandate.
The fully immunized state of New South Wales in Australia is on the verge of easing several COVID restrictions on Monday, including the elimination of limits on the number of domestic visitors.
Health professionals in India are bracing for a surge in coronavirus cases after Diwali, the annual festival of lights, which began on Thursday.
Virologist Dr. Prakash Singh told the new York Times“For this Diwali, people almost forgot that the virus is still here and killing people.”
Johns Hopkins reports there are 34.4 million COVID infections in India, but public health experts say the tally is likely low. Only the United States has more COVID cases, with 46.5 million.
A fire broke out in a newly constructed hospital ward for coronavirus patients in western India on Saturday, killing at least 10 coronavirus patients.
Officials said there were about two dozen patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit in the western city of Ahmednagar at the time of the fire.
It was the latest in a string of deadly fires on COVID-19 hospital wards in India as the country’s public health care system was overwhelmed by a coronavirus surge between April and May.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday ordered a probe into the fire and the security situation at the hospital.
Sixteen COVID-19 patients and two nurses were killed in a fire at a hospital in India’s Gujarat state in May. In April, around 35 patients were killed in separate fires at two health centers in Mumbai.
In Russia on Saturday, the government’s coronavirus task force reported 41,335 new infections in a 24-hour period, the country’s highest one-day total of infections since the start of the pandemic. It also reported 1,188 coronavirus-related deaths.
Officials say Russia’s low vaccination rate is largely to blame for the surge in cases that began in mid-September. Less than 40% of the country’s 146 million people are fully vaccinated.
Ukraine reported a record high number of coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday. The health ministry has reported 793 deaths in the last 24 hours, up from the country’s previous high of 734 on October 26.
Unaffiliated people in Greece, about 40% of the country’s population, are facing more stringent government restrictions as the country grapples with a rise in coronavirus infections.
The restrictions, imposed on Saturday, require those without vaccination to show proof of a negative test to enter indoor public facilities such as banks, government buildings and most shops.
They must also show proof to eat in outside restaurants and cafes.