ROME -- From the United States to Asia, people are emerging from their homes as virus-related restrictions begin to ease and springtime temperatures climb.
But the global pandemic took a turn for the worse elsewhere.
India on Sunday reported more than 2,600 new cases, its biggest single-day jump, and new cases in Russia exceeded 10,000 for the first time.
Meanwhile, millions of Chinese flocked to newly reopened tourist spots after a relaxation of domestic travel restrictions ahead of a five-day holiday.
The coronavirus has killed nearly 244,000 people worldwide. Experts warn a second wave of infections could hit unless testing is expanded dramatically.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.