Nearly 44.5 million coronavirus cases have been reported world-wide, and the global death toll is approaching 1.2 million.
India: Total coronavirus cases in India surpassed eight million as the country reported 49,881 new cases. India has the second highest number of infections in the world behind the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country’s death toll rose by 517 to 120,527.
China: Health authorities on Thursday reported 23 locally transmitted cases for the previous day, all in Kashgar, a city in the far-western Xinjiang region. Since last Sunday, the Kashgar government has tested 4.7 million of its residents and reported more than 100 local cases, most of which are tied to a local garment factory, according to local officials.
Australia: A day after lifting its strict lockdown, Australia’s Victoria state recorded three new coronavirus cases. New South Wales, home to Sydney, added four new locally acquired cases and a school closed after a student tested positive. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wanted to see the southern state’s contact-tracing system tested before she would consider reopening the state border. She said she received economic advice that it would be more prudent to reopen to all of Australia, New Zealand and possibly other overseas places than Victoria until the risk of another outbreak there was proven to be low.
Guam: The U.S. territory reported 48 new cases, bringing the total to 4,466. The number of hospitalized patients rose to 88, as the hospitals on the island start to reach capacity. Guam’s governor on Wednesday extended a public health emergency until Nov. 29 and a partial lockdown remains in place.
Japan: New cases topped 700 for the third time in the past seven days, as Japan reported 731 new infections. The country’s death toll stands at 1,733, including three fatalities logged Thursday.
South Korea: South Korea added 125 more cases, with many linked to clusters at nursing homes and other medical facilities. Health officials have shut down Seoul night clubs for the Halloween weekend and warned there could be more upticks as South Koreans travel during the fall.