The world-wide total of confirmed coronavirus cases neared 44 million, with more than 1.16 million dead, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
India: New cases climbed, a day after dipping to the lowest daily level in more than three months. On Wednesday, India reported 43,893 new cases, as the total number neared eight million, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country’s death toll rose by 508 to 120,010.
China: Health authorities reported 22 symptomatic, locally transmitted cases for Tuesday, the highest single-day increase since early August. The rise comes as a cluster of cases in the city of Kashgar, in the far-western region of Xinjiang has emerged. As of Tuesday, authorities said the city had identified a total of 183 coronavirus cases after completing a mass testing program.
Japan: Starting Nov. 6, Hawaii plans to allow travelers from Japan who test negative for the coronavirus to enter the state without a two-week quarantine. Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for Japanese tourists. Travelers will still have to be tested and quarantine when they return to Japan, a Japanese Health Ministry official said. Japan on Wednesday reported 629 new cases, bringing the nation’s total to more than 98,100. The death toll stands at 1,730, including five additional fatalities logged Wednesday.
Australia: Victoria state recorded two new coronavirus cases and two deaths, as the capital, Melbourne, emerged from one of the world’s longest lockdowns. People flocked to the city’s bars and restaurants, some of which opened at midnight, when restrictions that have shuttered shops, cafes and hairdressers for months to stamp out a second wave were finally lifted.
Guam: Hospitalizations in Guam have risen to 81, the highest number since the pandemic began, adding more stress on the U.S. territory’s health-care system. Guam recorded 82 new cases, bringing the total to 4,418.
South Korea: The country added 103 cases, with many linked to clusters of infections at health-care facilities and other spots that have emerged in recent days. Health officials have ordered nightclubs in Seoul to close over Halloween weekend to avoid further potential spread of the virus.