Oct. 10 (UPI) — Two large-population nations are going in opposite directions in their coronavirus situation. While Russian has surged to record levels in deaths and cases, India’s infections are the lowest in seven months and fatalities are just 3.5% of a record high this summer.
On Sunday, Russia reported a record 962 deaths and is fifth place in the world with 216,415. The nation hasn’t been below 700 deaths daily since July, according to tracking by Worldometers.info. And the 28,647 cases for a total of 7,775,365, which also is in fifth place, are below Saturday’s 29,362 and record 29,935 on Dec. 24.
Conversely, India reported 18,166 cases, the lowest in 214 days, for a total of 33,953,475, second behind the United States with 45,179,209. The Asian nation holds the world record of 414,188 cases in May.
India on Sunday added 214 deaths for a total of 450,589 since the start of the pandemic, only behind the United States with 733,058 and Brazil with 600,880. India set a world record of 6,148 deaths in June.
So far Sunday, the total number of deaths worldwide are 4,865,382 and cases are 238,544,279. Overall, fatalities dropped 7% and infections 8%.
The two nations’ weekly changes are divergent. Russia’s deaths rose 8% at 5,933, the second most behind the United States’ 10,176, and India’s dropped 6%. Russia’s cases rose 15% while India’s dropped 13%.
The two nations’ vaccination rates also differ.
Russia, which has created its own vaccines, including Sputnik 5, has inoculated 33.6% of its population with one shot, according to tracking by Bloomberg. In India, a prime world manufacturer of vaccines, it’s 49.4%.
Worldwide, vaccination doses grew by 160 million in one week to 6.49 billion with the world’s population of 7.9 billion, according to tracking by Bloomberg.
India, with the second-largest population in the world at 1.4 billion, has administered 950.6 million doses, which is far behind China, the largest population at 1.5 billion, at 2.2 billion shots. The United States, with a population of 333.5 million, is third with 400.3 million doses. Russia, with 146 million people, has only administered 94.4 million.
Last Sunday, state TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov said: “Here’s a vaccine for you. Here are masks and drugs. Here you go: new hospitals and doctors. But in response, citizens, for the most part, wanted to spit on themselves and others.”
India has been accelerating the number of vaccines, rising by 43 million in one week.
“India completes administration of 95 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses. Marching rapidly towards administering 100 crore vaccine doses,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya posted on Twitter on Sunday. “Get vaccinated quickly and encourage your friends and family to do the same.”
On April 1, people more than 45 years old could be vaccinated.
India accounts for 44.1% of Asia’s 77,067,052 cases, which ranks first among the continents, and 39.6% of 1,138,316 deaths, which ranks third behind Europe and South American but ahead of North America.
In the past week, Asia’s fatalities decreased 20% and infections 14%,
Indonesia ranks seventh in the world at 142,651 with an increase of 39, way down from a record 2,069 on July 27. The Asian nation’s cases are 14th at 4,227,932, including 894 Sunday, also way below the record 54,000 in July. Indonesia has vaccinated 36.8% of its population with at least one dose.
Iran is 11th at 122,592, including 222 Sunday. Iran’s one-shot vaccination rate is 43.6%.
Turkey is sixth in the world for cases at 7,416,182, including 28,645 reported Sunday and 18th in deaths at 65,894, including 206 most recently. Turkey has a 65.5% vaccination rate.
In Japan, cases a small fraction of 25,492 on Aug. 21 after the Summer Olympics ended on Aug. 8.
On Sunday, infections grew by 553 for a total of 1,710,658 and deaths went up 10 at 17,749.
Until late July, cases hadn’t gone above 10,000 in one day.
Japan’s case percentage is lower than elsewhere. Japan has 13,570 infections per million and 142 deaths per million. Worldwide, it’s 30,576 cases per million and 623.8 per million deaths. The United States’ figures are 2,198 fatalities per million and 135,482 infections per million.
Japan, which didn’t administer its first doses until February, has vaccinated 73% of the population.
It ended its state of emergency on Oct. 1.
“I’m determined to devote body-and-soul to overcome this national crisis with the people, carve out a new era and pass on to the next generation a country whose citizens are rich at heart,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday in his first policy speech to parliament.
The pandemic began in late 2019 in Mainland China, but the nation has reported only a few deaths in the past 12 months and stands tied for 77th at 4,636 with Zimbabwe. China added 57 cases Sunday.
China reports it has vaccinated 82.5% of its population with at least one dose.
Travel was down by a third on pre-coronavirus levels as China observed its “golden week” national holiday last week.
“Recent Covid outbreaks are also still weighing on domestic spending and this pressure is likely to linger for longer,” Louis Kuijs, head of Asia economics at Oxford Economics, wrote in a note.
South Korea’s vaccination rate is 77.2%, and had a late start like Japan.
Cases rose 1,594 Sunday after a record 3,273 on Sept. 25. The nation has 2,575 deaths, including 15 more Sunday.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is taken from their home and placed in a residential treatment facility and sent to the hospital if it is serious.
Israel has a death toll of 7,904 with two reported Sunday, and 489 cases most recently with the record 20,523 Sept. 1. Israel has among the world’s worst infection rates: 139,936 per million.
With the fourth wave waning, Israel on Friday eased more restrictions on outdoor activities, including kayaking, rafting and Jeep trips. They will no longer require a Green Pass.
The nation’s one-shot vaccination rate is 68.2%. And booster shots are required for travelers and entry to public spaces for those 12 and older.
Israel is among 16 nations outside the 27-nation European Union participating in the bloc’s vaccine certificate program, meaning people who have been fully vaccinated can visit other member countries, including England, without needing to quarantine. Each nation can implement restrictions.
The EU has recommended removing the United States from its “safe travel” list, meaning American travelers would face restrictions that include quarantine and testing.
Europe leads the continents with 1,244,403 deaths, and it has gained 14% in a week. Cases are 60,386,583, which is second, with an 11% rise. It is the continent to rise in both categories.
Besides Russia, two other European nations are in the top 10 for fatalities: Britain eighth with 137,735
Australia has a vaccination rate of 68.9% with New Zealand at 69.1% among the entire population.
At midnight Monday, Greater Sydney eased some key restrictions for the fully vaccinated, including restaurants and non-essential businesses, after being in lockdown for 100 days.
“We know that as we open up, case numbers will increase,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said. “But what has been key to keeping people safe is our high vaccination rate.”
Victoria, which includes Melbourne, remains under lockdown.
Fiji, with a 68% vaccinated rate, has 653 deaths, a rise of 21 in the past week and one Sunday. On May 3 there were four fatalities. Cases have climbed from 121 on May 3 to 51,499, including 16 most recently. Fiji has 903,457 residents.
Guam, a territory of the United States with fewer than 200,000 residents, has 212 deaths with none Saturday and 14 in a week, and 16,109 cases, including 51 most recently. Its vaccination rate is 77.9% for the entire population, including 91.0% of those eligible, which is 12 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.