Coronavirus News Update – July 20: India’s Death Toll Could Be Over 3 Million

By Anna Breuer on 20 July 2021
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A study found that the number of people in India who died from the coronavirus is likely to exceed three million – ten times the official death toll. “True deaths are likely to be in the several millions, not hundreds of thousands, making this arguably India’s worst human tragedy,” wrote the study’s authors from the Center from Global Development, which include a former chief economic adviser to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 191.9 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.11 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 174.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 624,946, an increase of 217 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 35 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 31.2 million officially recorded cases and 414,513 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added over 35,035 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 198% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.69 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of over 48 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 186.3 million people in the United States – or 56.1% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48.6%, or 161.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 338.2 million. Breaking this down further, 68.3% of the population over the age of 18 – or 176.3 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.5% of the same group – or 153.7 million people – is fully vaccinated.

As Japanese citizens continue to protest the fact that the Olympics will be held at all, athletes and others connected with the Games are testing positive or being put into isolation at a rapid pace after a potential contact with someone who was positive.  Two tennis players, Alex de Minaur of Australia and Coco Gauff of the United States tested positive and won’t be competing in Tokyo, as did Katie Lou Samuelson, a member of the U.S women’s basketball team, and Kara Eaker an alternate on the women’s gymnastic team.

In addition, two members of the South African men’s soccer team tested positive, and team members considered to be close contacts of those athletes are in isolation now.  Unlike the National Basketball Association bubble or isolation zone at Walt Disney World, where players traveled to and from Orlando on private jets, Olympic hopefuls are flying to Tokyo on commercial flights along with the hoi polloi.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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