The new record that India registered with 332,730 cases of coronavirus in just 24 hours, a new world record since the beginning of the pandemic, the state of emergency in regions of Japan and Russia’s decision to decree 10 non-working days in May marked today the day, while Latin America continues to be an area of ​​multiplication of infections.

The number of positive cases in India confirmed the upward trend in infections and its accelerated pace since almost 315,000 were reported the previous day, with overflowing hospitals and in a critical situation due to the lack of medical oxygen.

This raised the number of people infected in the country to 16.2 million since the beginning of the pandemic, making it the second most affected by the coronavirus, behind the United States and ahead of Brazil.

In addition, 2,263 people died in the last 24 hours, another record that raised the total to 186,920.

In Japan, meanwhile, the Government declared today a new state of emergency in Tokyo and in three other regions due to an increase in infections and only three months before the start of the Olympic Games.

“Today we decided to declare a state of emergency in the departments of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo,” announced Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who justified the measure in light of the reappearance of cases due to new variants of the virus.

Unlike the previous state of emergency, which only required establishments to reduce their opening hours, this time they will have to close shops that sell alcohol, large businesses and some shopping malls.

“Unless we adopt stronger measures than those adopted so far, we will not contain the variants that have enormous infectious power,” warned the Japanese minister in charge of fighting the pandemic, Yasutoshi Nishimura in statements quoted by the AFP news agency.

The state of emergency will take effect on Sunday and will last until at least May 11.

Although India and Brazil long ago became the epicenters of the pandemic, in absolute terms, the country with the most deaths from Covid-19 is the United States, with 570,346 deaths.

Worldwide, the coronavirus killed 3,073,969 people and infected 114.6 million, according to a balance based on official figures.

In this global context and despite registering a drop in its epidemiological figures in recent days, Russian President Vladimir Putin today supported a proposal by his country’s health agency to decree 10 non-working days in May, to reduce displacements and the use of public transportation to curb the pandemic.

The head of the body, Anna Popova, suggested to the president to unify the holidays in Russia (from 1 to 3 on the occasion of Labor Day and from May 8 to 10, for the Victory Day that commemorates the Nazi surrender in the Second World War), and thus make those vacations continuous to stabilize the epidemiological situation, reported the Sputnik news agency.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, where Covid-19 left 883,098 deaths, the pandemic is also breaking records.

Colombia reported the maximum number of deaths in a day -430- and it was reported that Bogotá, Medellín and other cities are bordering on the sanitary collapse, while Ecuador announced as of today extended curfews of 57 hours for the next four weekends.

The Ministry of Health of Paraguay, meanwhile, admitted today that contagions “explode” in the Central Department, the most important province of the country, which itself has its health system at the limit, while in Uruguay those who died in April already equal to the number of pneumonia deaths for all of 2019.

In addition, yesterday’s 37 deaths in Intensive Care Units constitute the highest daily figure in 50 years of Intensive Medicine in the neighboring country,

Meanwhile, Brazil was able to show some relief because the state of São Paulo, the most populated and economic engine in the country, registered a drop in deaths for the first time in eight weeks, while Rio de Janeiro relaxed restrictions with the reopening of beaches during business days.

In many nations the appearance of the new Indian variant represents another threat and countries such as Canada, France and the United Arab Emirates tightened their controls on Indian travelers or even suspended their air connections with that country.

Coronavirus infections continued to decline in the United Kingdom, but scientists warn of a possible emergence of a new wave due to the advance of the Indian variant and the plan to reopen borders for international travel from May 17.

In parallel, the Belgian Ministry of Health warned today about a saturation of intensive care units in hospitals, whose professionals are “exhausted”, at a time when the country is preparing to relax restrictions, according to Marcel Van der Auwera , a senior member of the health portfolio.

New Zealand, for its part, suspended its recent travel sharing space with Australia due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the latter country, the New Zealand government announced.

Israel had to give one of the best data of the day: for the first time in 10 months there were no deaths from coronavirus, news that comes a day after having exceeded the barrier of 5 million vaccinated.

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