India continues to report more than 200,000 cases daily, but Australia and New Zealand are opening a “travel bubble” without quarantine.
India has reported another record increase in COVID-19 cases, as hospitals across the country grapple with a shortage of beds and oxygen supplies.
The number of new infections and deaths also continues to rise around the world.
Globally, more than 141.4 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported since the start of the pandemic with more than three million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
India cases rise to record 273,810
India reported a record rise in coronavirus infections of 273,810, bringing its overall caseload to over 15 million, just behind the United States.
Maharashtra is the worst affected state, with data showing more than 68,000 new infections there in the past 24 hours. The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country increased from a record 1,619 to a total of 178,769, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
India has reported more than 200,000 cases daily in the past four days.
Australia-New Zealand travel bubble
Hundreds of passengers from Australia started to arrive at New Zealand airports after authorities reopened borders, a milestone in the pandemic that allows quarantine-free travel between countries for the first time in more than a year.
Although most Australian states have allowed non-quarantine visits to New Zealand residents since late last year, New Zealand had imposed isolation for its neighbor’s arrivals, citing concerns over outbreaks of sporadic viruses in this country.
The daily record of deaths in Brazil
Brazil has recorded 42,980 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 1,657 deaths, the highest since the start of the pandemic.
Brazil has recorded more than 13.9 million cases since the start of the pandemic, while the official death toll has risen to 373,335.
Hong Kong bans flights from three countries
Hong Kong will suspend flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines from April 20 for two weeks after the mutant COVID-19 strain N501Y was first detected in the Asian financial hub.
The three countries would be classified as “at extremely high risk” after there were several imported cases carrying the strain in Hong Kong over the past 14 days, the government said.
New state of emergency expected in parts of Japan
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases could see many parts of Japan fall back into states of emergency, as authorities in Tokyo and Osaka seek to renew the brakes to stop the spread.
The new wave of infections is complicating preparations for the Tokyo Olympics which are expected to start in July after already being postponed due to the global coronavirus outbreak last year.
This month, Japan placed Osaka, Tokyo and eight other prefectures under a “quasi-state of emergency,” but these measures have done little to reverse the trend so far, with Osaka reporting a record 1 220 cases Sunday.