COVID roundup: India’s record cases, no masks in Israel

Globally, more than three million people have now died from the coronavirus.

The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv (Ukraine), Caracas (Venezuela) or Lisbon (Portugal). It is higher than Chicago’s population of 2.7 million and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.

The vaccination campaigns are speeding up but rising cases have forced new lockdowns and restrictions around the world.

India’s record cases, again

India recorded a new high of more than 261,000 daily coronavirus cases on Sunday.

Statistics by the Health Ministry revealed that 261,500 cases were registered in the past 24 hours, which pushed the total to 14.7 million. There were 1,500 deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 177,150.

Capital New Delhi has recorded 24,000 coronavirus cases in a day and is facing an acute shortage of hospital beds.

Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges

Iran’s daily coronavirus death toll climbed over 400 for the first time in months on Sunday, as the country, which has long had the region’s largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge.

Iranian health authorities recorded 405 fatalities from the virus, pushing the total death toll to 66,732. Officials increasingly have warned about the impact of trends seen nationwide during the Persian New Year, or Nowruz.

The two-week holiday last month brought increased travel, relaxed restrictions and large gatherings without precautions.

Brazil’s record daily deaths

Brazil recorded 67,636 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 2,929 deaths.

Brazil has registered more than 13.9 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 371,678, the second-highest in the world behind the United States.