India’s daily Covid-19 tally is now the highest in the world, surpassing Brazil and the US, because it recorded more than one lakh cases in the past 24 hours.
Over the past one day, Brazil recorded 31,359 new Covid-19 cases, while the US recorded 34,282. Apart from this, India, which now has an all-time high of 1,03,558 new cases, has also topped Brazil’s tally of 64,324 and the US’s 64,019 to become the biggest hotspot.
It now records an average of 78,489 Covid-19 cases per day, based on a 7-day moving average to visualize the number of new Covid-19 cases and calculate the rate of change.
In particular, India, which is witnessing the second wave of the pandemic, added 5,49,423 Covid-19 cases over the past week, while the US and Brazil recorded 4,42,981 and 4,50,268 cases, respectively.
India’s daily cases peaked on September 16 last year, with 97,894 people testing positive for the virus in one day.
India has become the second country in the world, after the US, to add more than 1,00,000 cases in one day at any time during the pandemic.
Eight states – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab – have shown a sharp increase every day Covid cases, and accounted for 81.90 percent of new cases.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 57,074 (55.11 percent). Followed by Chhattisgarh with 5,250 while Karnataka reported 4,553 new cases.
With over 50,223 cases in the past 24 hours, the total active caseload in India has reached 7,41,830, and comprises 5.89 percent of the total cases in the country.
Five states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab – cumulatively account for 75.88 percent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone contributed nearly 58.23 percent.
India’s cumulative recovery stood at 1,16,82,136 as of Monday with 52,847 recoveries registered in the last 24 hours. The national recovery rate is 92.8 percent.
A total of 478 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, with eight states accounting for 84.52 percent of new deaths. Maharashtra had the maximum number of deaths, 222 people, and Punjab was followed by 51 people.
Photographer: Christopher Pike / Bloomberg Photographer: Christopher Pike / Bloomberg Israel issued travel warnings for the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Turkey and other countries neighboring Iran as it allowed vaccinated citizens to board flights amid rising tensions with the Islamic Republic. “In recent months, Iranian groups have threatened to strike Israeli targets,” the National Security Council said in a statement, noting a small explosion in January near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi that officials said. Indians have linked to Iran. Iran has accused each other of explosions aimed at shipping. In November, Iran pledged to avenge the murder of a top nuclear scientist, an assassination it blamed on Israel and the United States. The Security Council said in its statement that it believed Iran would continue to try to strike Israeli targets in the near future. The UAE has become a popular tourist destination for Israelis after the ties were established last year, but travel has been halted for most of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. After vaccinating more than half of its adult citizens, Israel is starting to allow air travel and open up its economy. Before he’s here, it’s on the Bloomberg terminal. LEARN MORE .
Swiss Ambassador to India, Ralf Heckner, praised the Delhi government’s work on Covid-19 management, according to a press statement released by the main minister’s office, following a meeting between CM Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and Heckner on Tuesday.
“During the meeting, Ambassador Heckner praised the various steps taken by the Delhi government to deal with Covid-19 despite the difficult circumstances … He (Heckner) said that even in such difficult conditions, the Delhi government was successful in managing Covid-19,” said the statement.
According to the release, Kejriwal informed Heckner of the Delhi government’s strategy to manage hospital beds as the Covid-19 cases peaked, the launch of a mobile app for real-time information on hospital beds availability and its plans to launch cloud-based health management. system later this year.
Delhi, is currently witnessing a revival of the Covid-19 cases. As of Tuesday, the capital recorded 992 new cases, with a positive rate of 2.70%, and four more deaths, according to the government’s health bulletin. In 2020, Delhi recorded three different phases of the severe spike in Covid-19 cases and the worst, recording 8,593 new cases as of 11 November.
Currently, 4,832 Covid-19 patients in Delhi are in home isolation.
The statement reads, “The Delhi government has adopted a home isolation method to deal with Covid-19. With this method, serious patients are admitted to the hospital, while patients under treatment (with mild or no symptoms) are admitted to their home. The home isolation method was very successful and was later adopted in other states in India and outside India. “
Kejriwal and Heckner also discussed Delhi government’s initiatives to combat air pollution, including government policies to support electric vehicles (EVs) and collaborated with leading agencies to establish centers capable of conducting real-time analyzes of various sources of air pollution in the city.
The statement said, “The Delhi government is also receiving support from IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Delhi and TERI.”
They also discussed the Delhi government’s plans to promote tourism, said the press statement.
Dubbed “Little Sparta“By American generals such as former US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the United Arab Emirates is widely recognized as a small country that far exceeds its weight in military terms. But the tiny Gulf state also has big ambitions to broker peace.
Its de factor ruler, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, is prime mover in the Abrahamic Covenant last year between Israel and several Arab countries. Further back, Emirati diplomats plays a key role alongside their Saudi counterparts in brokering a 2018 peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The UAE’s newest peace project is arguably the boldest ever. As Bloomberg reported Last week, the Emirates brokered negotiations between India and Pakistan which led to the unexpected February 25 announcement that South Asian rivals would honor their 2003 ceasefire agreement, despite escalating tensions between them.
The announcement was followed by a short visit to India by the UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.
The UAE hopes to facilitate the exchange of ambassadors between New Delhi and Islamabad and the restoration of trade relations between the two countries. More ambitiously, it aims to secure a proper understanding of Kashmir, which has been a flashpoint for several wars since their 1947 partition following independence from British rule.
The two nuclear-armed neighbors are locked in perhaps the world’s most dangerous battle. The last round of tensions began two years ago 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack, claimed by a Pakistan-based terrorist group, in Kashmir. India retaliated by launching air strikes inside Pakistan. Since then, the leaders of the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Imran Khan, have exploded hot and cold, with little progress towards peace – until last month’s announcement.
In many ways, the Emirate is uniquely qualified to mediate between the two countries. It has strong trade and commercial links to both, and is home to millions of Indian and Pakistani expatriate workers. And because the conflict is rooted in distrust between Hindus and Muslims, the UAE’s credentials are strengthened by its aggressive promotion, at home and abroad, of the separation of politics and religion.
Kashmir has been a consistent rallying cry for terrorist groups and radical Islamic organizations, such as Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Taliban, which the UAE considers its most dangerous opponents. Helping to defuse the conflict will allow the Emirate to deal a significant blow to violent extremists.
The South Asian initiative has also played a role in the UAE’s pursuit of other important foreign policy objectives. It helps deepen the partnership with Washington by aligning America’s efforts to resolve the conflict in neighboring Afghanistan, where India and Pakistan have competing economic and security interests. At the same time. Friendship between its allies is highly desirable for the UAE as America’s desire to act in the Middle East appears to be waning.
In recent years, the UAE has turned its attention far from military projections for diplomacy, investment and other forms of soft power. Most regional conflicts that seek to advance their military interests, either directly or by proxy, are resolved or stale, or otherwise have passed a diminishing point of return.
The UAE has greatly reduced its footprint in Yemen and withdrawn its forces in the Horn of Africa. They want to cut back on Libya, where it provides both air cover and material support for Khalifa Haftar’s rebel forces; Emirates now supports a political solution to the civil war.
The UAE has also been working on it reduce tension with Iran and lead the Arabs attempt to re-engage with Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, having concluded that the war there has ended effectively and that the only way to advance Emirati interests is through political, diplomatic and commercial means.
The UAE hopes that India and Pakistan will take a similar view on their conflict. If they do, part of the credit will be returned to the Emirates. And if not, “Little Sparta” will be credited for at least trying to make peace.
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About 24 hours after military leaders from India and Pakistan shocked the world last month with a rare joint commitment to honor a 2003 ceasefire agreement, the United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat stopped by New Delhi for a brief one-day visit.
UAE official read it from the 26 February meeting it provided a hint of what Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed was talking about with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, noting that they “discussed all regional and international issues of common interest and exchanged views on them.”
But behind closed doors, the India-Pakistan ceasefire marked a milestone in secret talks brokered by the UAE that began several months earlier, according to officials with knowledge of the situation who asked not to be named. A truce, someone said, was only the beginning of the bigger one roadmap to forge lasting peace between neighbors, who both have nuclear weapons and regularly argue over decades of territorial disputes.
The next step in the process, the official said, involves the two sides rehiring envoys in New Delhi and Islamabad, which were withdrawn in 2019 after Pakistan protested India’s move to revoke seven decades of autonomy for the disputed Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. Then comes the hard part: Talk of continuing trade and a lasting resolution on Kashmir, the subject of three wars since India and Pakistan became independent from Britain in 1947.
Over the years, India and Pakistan have routinely made peace offers only to make them fail immediately, especially as both sides often use the issue to stir up emotions around election time. Officials say expectations are low that the current detentions will amount to more than the return of envoys and the resumption of trade through their Punjab land border.
But this process appears to be the most concerted endeavor in years, and comes as the Biden administration is pursuing broader peace talks in Afghanistan – a place the two countries have been fighting over for years for influence. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to shore up growth and focus military resources on the border with China, while Pakistan’s leaders also face economic woes and want to make a good impression with the US and other powers.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not comment on the talks or the role of the UAE, while the foreign ministries of India and the UAE did not immediately comment.
Last week Pakistan military commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa asked India “to bury the past and move forward” while saying that the military is ready to enter talks to solve “all our extraordinary problems.” The comments came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan called for a resolution on Kashmir, which he described as “the only issue holding us back”.
On Saturday, Modi tweeted wishing Khan well after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 – another sign that relations between countries are getting warmer.
The UAE, which has historic trade and diplomatic ties with India and Pakistan, has taken a more assertive international role under de facto ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The biggest shift has taken place in the Middle East where Gulf Arab states have intervened in conflicts and supported regional groups and leaders. But Asia also views Asia as strengthening political alliances beyond its role as a global trade and logistics hub.
India-Pakistan relations were effectively severed two years ago after a suicide attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed 40 Indian soldiers, prompting Modi’s government to allow air strikes on suspected terror facilities in Pakistan. That joint statement last month said the two sides “agreed to discuss each other’s core issues,” signaling a wider discussion on Kashmir and terrorism.
Several clues over the past few months point to the role of the UAE. In November, Jaishankar met bin Zayed and the crown prince on a two-day visit to Abu Dhabi, followed by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi the following month. Approximately two weeks before the February 25 announcement, the UAE foreign minister held phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “during which they discuss regional and international issues of interest.” And just days earlier, India allowed Khan’s plane to fly over Indian airspace as he headed to Sri Lanka for a state visit – a practice suspended since the 2019 hostilities.
After the ceasefire, the UAE was one of the few countries that issued a welcome statement the announcement of the ceasefire, highlighting the “close historical ties” with India and Pakistan and praising “the efforts made by the two countries to reach this agreement.” In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price avoided questions about what role the US is playing in bringing the two sides together while urging Pakistan to play a constructive role in Afghanistan, Kashmir and elsewhere.
“Obviously Pakistan has an important role to play when it comes to Afghanistan and what happens across its other borders,” Price said on February 25. “So obviously, we will be paying close attention.”
– With the help of Sylvia Westall, and Faseeh Mangi