Masks Are ‘Most Vital, Highly effective Public Well being Device,’: Dwell Covid-19 Updates

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India's total number of cases surpassed five million on Tuesday, less than a month after hitting the three million mark.

More than 82,000 coronavirus patients have died in India, but the country has had far fewer deaths per capita than many others. Doctors say this reflects India's younger and leaner population.

India reported 90,123 new cases on Tuesday and its 7-day daily average of new cases is more than 92,000.

The country went a hard line early on, placing all of its citizens under a national lockdown that was considered largely effective and largely followed. The restrictions were lifted in May when economic pressures led leaders to prioritize reopening and accept the risk of an increase in coronavirus infections.

However, the country's public health system is under severe strain and some sick patients cannot find hospital beds. Overcrowded cities, lockdown fatigue and lack of contact tracing all contribute to the spread of the virus, which has reached 1.3 billion people in every corner of the country.

India's total pollution is the second largest in the world after that of the USA.

In other developments around the world

  • The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem remains closed about the Jewish holidays for the first time in its more than half a century of history. Israel's infection rates have grown to be among the worst in the world, and the government has ordered a second nationwide lockdown, scheduled to begin on Friday afternoon, hours before the eve of the Jewish New Year holiday, and last at least three weeks, the last day of Yom Kippur and the Sukkot festival .

  • A health officer out Madrid The regional government warned that the capital was preparing to impose "selective bans" in districts where the number of cases has risen significantly recently. Minister Antonio Zapatero said the region urgently "needs to flatten the curve" before colder weather sets in, which could help the virus spread faster. Spain has registered an average of 8,000 new cases a day over the past week, around a third of them in Madrid.

  • Six months after the country was locked to contain the spread of the virus, Nepal begins to welcome hikers and climbers again. The decision aims to revive the country's ailing economy, which is heavily dependent on mountain tourism. Trekkers visiting Nepal are required to provide documentation showing that they tested negative prior to entry. and quarantine before traveling to tourist destinations. The country has reported nearly 60,000 cases, or 208 per 100,000 people and fewer than 400 deaths.

Reporting was written by Peter Baker, Alan Blinder, Luke Broadwater, Emily Cochrane, Michael Corkery, Melissa Eddy, Rick Gladstone, and Anemona Hartocollis. Mike Ives, Isabel Kershner, Andrew E. Kramer, Gina Kolata, Sapna Maheshwari, Patricia Mazzei, Raphael Minder, Benjamin Müller, Richard C. Paddock, Linda Qiu, Gretchen Reynolds, Dana Rubinstein, Eliza Shapiro, Bhadra Shrama, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Glenn Thrush, Marc Tracy, Noah Weiland and Sameer Yasir.

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