In 52 days of lockdown, India has 86K +ve
With a Covid-19 tally of nearly 86,000 cases, India on Friday surpassed neighbouring China where the coronavirus first originated. China had 81,440 cases on March 25 when India with merely 500 cases had announced first lockdown. Now, in 52 days of lockdown and 106 days after reporting the first case, India tally is more than China’s.
Over 30,000 people have recovered and 2,753 people have died from the coronavirus disease in India, compared to China’s death count of 4,633. The US, Spain and Russia are the worst affected countries in terms of +ve cases.
Seven States in India which includes — Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh — have reported the maximum number of cases.
Maharashtra, which is the worst-hit State in the country, reported 1,576 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total count to 29,100 whereas Tamil Nadu reported 434 with total 10,108 cases and Delhi registered 425 cases taking the total to 8,895.
Gujarat too registered spike in cases at 340 pushing the tally to 9,932. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh too continued their march reporting 4,595 cases, 4,747 cases and 4,057 cases respectively. West Bengal reported 84 new cases which led to increase in total number to 2,461 cases.
In Bihar and Karnataka, the tally crossed 1,000 mark. The total number in Bihar inched to 1,005 with 6 new cases reported on Friday whereas Karnataka tally rose to 1,032 after 45 new cases were reported in the State.
Of 97 total deaths registered in India on Friday, Maharashtra at 49 fatalities, Gujarat (20), Delhi (9), and West Bengal (8) recorded the highest number of deaths due to coronavirus in India in the past 24 hours.
Goa which was one of the first States to become corona-free in India also reported 7 new cases on Friday which again brings back the State to the red zone from green zone. The total number of cases in Goa now inched to 14. Similarly, in Manipur a fresh case emerged after 26 days, taking the total tally in this North-East State to three so far.
The country’s doubling rate of coronavirus infection cases has slowed down to 13.9 days, said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, referring to the time it takes for the number of cases to double.
An ICMR official said the number of RT-PCR tests for detection of Covid-19 crossed the two million-mark in India on Friday. “A total of 20,39,952 samples were tested in the country as on Friday 9 am, with 92,911 tests being conducted since Thursday 9 am, Dr Rajnikant Srivastava, the head of the Department of Research Management, Policy Planning and Communication at the ICMR here said.
According to officials, testing for Covid-19 has been scaled up significantly over the last two months and the capacity has increased to around one lakh tests per day. “To promote Make in India and facilitate domestic manufacturers to get their Covid-19 diagnostics kits validated, the number of ICMR-approved validation centres and laboratories has been increased from five to 14,” Srivastava said.
Experts have said no vaccine is expected to be ready for use until at least 2021, as they must be widely tested in humans before being administered to hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people to prevent infection.
Globally, 4,527,811 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease now stands at 303,418.
Saturday, 16 May 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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