Coronavirus deaths and cases are trending down in Asia, where the outbreak began 1 1/2 years ago in Mainland China and spiked most recently in India, as the global toll nears 4 million people.
In the past week, fatalities have dropped 6% and infections went down 3% in Asia despite spikes in Indonesia and Thailand, according to tracking by Worldometers.info. Worldwide, deaths were down 5% and cases went up 1%.
On Sunday, deaths had reached 3,938,720 and cases were 181,851,932. On Saturday, deaths increased by 7,578 and cases by 370,996. The daily records are 903,354 infections in April and 17,504 fatalities in January.
In India, deaths are down 15% with 1,258 reported Sunday, down from a daily record of 4,529. And cases had dropped 21% with 50,040, compared with a record 414,2188. The more contagious Delta variant was first detected in India several months ago.
And unlike the past few weeks, India didn’t record the most deaths and cases over seven days among nations. Brazil reported 11,951 deaths compared with India’s 9,144 and the South American nation had 503,144 cases compared with India’s 442,314.
Worldwide, a total of 2.89 billion shots have been given in a population of 7.9 billion with a two-dose regimen required for most brands, according to tracking by Bloomberg.
Asia has 784,965 deaths, fourth in the world, but the 55,415,191 cases are the most of the continents.
Last Monday, India reported a single-day record of 8 million vaccinations administered on the day the nation made doses available for everyone last Monday. The nation has the second-largest population at 1.4 billion.
“Today’s record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter. “The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight COVID-19. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine.”
But experts are cautious of the increased doses.
“I don’t think the recent spurt can be maintained, given what we know of the supply situation,” Gautam Menon, a professor of physics and biology at Ashoka University, who also works on modeling outbreaks, told Bloomberg. “The single-day spike seems to have been the result of a concerted effort by some states, who may have stockpiled doses for this purpose. We would need to get to about 10 million doses per day to ensure that a future wave is less potent.”
The pandemic outbreak began in late 2019 in Mainland China, but the nation with the world’s largest population of 1.5 billion, has reported only a few deaths in the past 12 months and stands in 64th at 4,636 behind Afghanistan with 4,730. China added 14 cases Sunday and had administered 1.2 billion doses, the most in the world and dwarfing the United States and India each with around 321.7 million, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins.