An increase in Covid-19 cases has resulted in the quarantine being returned to about 120 million people in northern Bihar, India. The health security measures will be in effect for two weeks, starting this Thursday (16). The country is the third most affected by the pandemic, with almost 1 million confirmed cases.
In the south of the country, more than 13 million people in Bangalore and the region will also be confined for ten days starting next Tuesday (21). The second most populous nation on the planet, which confined its population from March to June, totaled 23,727 deaths and 906,752 confirmed cases from Covid-19 as of Tuesday (14).
To date, the Bihar and Bangalore regions have recorded relatively few diagnoses of the disease. However, in recent days, the number of cases has risen from 5% to 10% per day, in a context that is still underreported and little tested due to poverty. In Bihar, 60 times fewer tests are performed per inhabitant than in New Delhi, reports RFI correspondent in the city, Sébastien Farcis.
Quarantine aims to avoid the worst
2 of 3 A cart driver is seen wearing a protective mask dangling from his ear while waiting for passengers during the Covid-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India – Photo: Xavier Galiana / AFP
A cart driver is seen wearing a protective mask hanging from his ear while waiting for passengers during the Covid-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India – Photo: Xavier Galiana / AFP
Officially, the region of 100 million inhabitants, had 20 thousand cases and 150 killed by Covid-19. Hospitals are already overcrowded in normal times and the authorities fear a serious health crisis if the virus spreads further. To avoid the worst, they prefer to enact strict measures: all shops, offices, markets and transport must be closed until July 31.
Banglore, on the other hand, is one of the wealthiest cities in India, but even so it would not be ready for the further spread of the coronavirus, especially due to the lack of doctors. Together, the two confined regions make up 10% of the Indian population. In the rest of the country – with the exception of New Delhi and Mumbai, where contagion is stabilized – the coronavirus is advancing with worrying speed, especially in the south and east. The national peak of contamination has not yet been reached.
In other parts of the world restrictions have also been restored to try to prevent the virus from spreading. The British government decided on Tuesday to make the use of masks mandatory in stores in England from 24 July, a measure that was received as positive, but late.
In the United Kingdom, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 19.1% between March and May, compared to the previous three months, and the country may face the worst recession “in 300 years”, according to a government agency .
In the fashion sector, Italy started its first week of virtual fashion on Tuesday, after London and Paris. Only two brands will make face-to-face parades.
In France, the July 14 party was adapted due to the virus. The traditional military parade on the Champs-Élysées was relocated and halved, with 2,000 soldiers. Many fireworks were suspended.
3 of 3 July 11 – Health workers remove protective equipment after examining residents for symptoms of Covid-19 in the Deonar slum in Mumbai, India. In just three weeks, India has moved from the sixth country most affected by the coronavirus to the third, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University – Photo: Rajanish Kakade / AP
July 11 – Health workers remove protective equipment after examining residents for symptoms of Covid-19 in the Deonar slum in Mumbai, India. In just three weeks, India went from the sixth country most affected by the coronavirus to the third, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University – Photo: Rajanish Kakade / AP
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