Covid 19: World panics under second wave
Even as all the eyes are peeled on the US Presidential Elections, the world has been battling another vicious campaign affecting our health. After weeks of respite, many countries went back to lockdown — some are following much stricter rules this time — in view of the second wave of Coronavirus infections.
The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing its entire population of nine million people for Covid-19 over a period of five days. Before that also it had tested all 4.7 million people in Kashgar in a matter of days after which 187 people were confirmed positive.
But the most-affected right now seems to be the European continent. A number of countries have imposed stricter measures. A second national lockdown was announced in France; Emmanuel Macron, the president, said the country had been “over- whelmed” by the spread of the virus. In Germany restaurants, cafés and bars were ordered to close during November. Spain announced a new state of emergency, and much of Italy has introduced curfews. A study in England suggests that 1,00,000 people are catching the disease there every day. Much-stricter restrictions were put in place in England where almost total lockdown was announced since Thursday.
India is reaching almost 9 million cases with more than 1,24,000 reported deaths due to the virus. The country stays second to the US in the number of reported positive cases. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra,Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the top five states with positive cases.
The US has reported more than 9.5 million cases and the tally is rising. Brazil, Russia and France are right behind India. Schools and colleges, offices and non-essential services would still not be opened for public for the time being.