India has said it aims to complete a coronavirus survey of Delhi’s entire population of 29 million people, while officials in the US have reacted with alarm to the Trump administration’s plan to end federal support for some Covid-19 testing sites.
Civil servants will visit every household in India’s capital by 6 July to record health details and test people who show or report symptoms. Police have been ordered to enforce distancing rules and prevent people from mixing in more than 200 containment zones.
The city is the country’s worst-hit area, with 70,390 confirmed cases. Nationwide, another record high of 16,922 new cases were reported on Thursday, taking the official total to 473,105 – behind only the US, Brazil and Russia, and five times the tally in China which has a similar-sized population.