Corona Updates You Must Track: India Conducts Nearly 15 Lakh Tests In 24 Hours, Kerala Reports Spike In Cases
India’s coronavirus tally has climbed to over 58 lakh, which includes more than 9.70 lakh active cases. Delhi CM says the capital could have hit the peak for the second wave of infections
India cases and toll: With 86,052 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours (between 8 am Thursday and 8 am Friday), India’s overall tally has climbed to 58,18,570 cases. This includes 9,70,116 active cases, 47,56,164 recoveries and 92,290 fatalities, as per the data available on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.
India carried out a record 14,92,409 tests for COVID-19 on Thursday. The day before, 11,56,569 tests were conducted across the country. In the last 24 hours, 1,141 people succumbed to the disease—the fatality rate for COVID-19 is 1.59 per cent, the recovery rate stands at 81.74 per cent.
Where Delhi stands: Delhi has hit the peak for the second wave of COVID-19 infections, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday. Experts, he said, predict that the number of cases could now decline. “From 1 July to 17 August, cases were in control. We noticed that cases increased and it reached 4,500 new Covid-19 cases on 17 September and are now coming down,” news agency ANI quoted the Delhi CM as saying.
In a first, a state has claimed to have reached the second wave of infections in the country. Delhi currently has 31,125 active cases of coronavirus while 2,24,375 people have recovered from the illness. In the last 24 hours, 36 people succumbed to the disease, taking the toll to 5,123. Delhi’s COVID-19 tally stands at 2,60,623. Meanwhile, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who tested positive for COVID-19 has now been diagnosed with dengue as well.
COVID-19 tracker for 25 September. Source: Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB
Kerala reports spike in cases: After initial success in containing the spread of the infection, Kerala has been witnessing a surge in daily cases of coronavirus since the last few weeks. In the last 24 hours, the southern state reported 6,324 cases of coronavirus, the biggest jump in daily cases so far. Twenty-one people succumbed to the disease in the state during the same period. Kerala’s COVID-19 tally has climbed at a steady pace and has now breached the 1.5-lakh mark.
Of the 1,54,456 cases, 45,993 are active, 1,07,850 recoveries and 613 deaths. “With a daily growth rate of 3.38 per cent, Kerala has currently been adding numbers at a rate faster than every other state, except Chhattisgarh, which is growing marginally faster,” says a report by The Indian Express.
Global corona update: The global COVID-19 tally has climbed to 3,24,21,731 with 74,99,491 active cases, 2,39,34,414 recoveries and 9,87,826 fatalities, according to Worldometer. Of the currently infected patients, 63,329 are in serious or critical condition.
In Brazil, one of the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic, the famous carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, which takes every year in February, has been postponed indefinitely, until a vaccine for COVID-19 is available. The Latin American country has, so far, recorded 46,59,909 cases of coronavirus, which includes 1,39,883 deaths.
COVID-19 vaccine update: A Reuters report says that as part of the low-cost vaccine deal between British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and European Union, the latter will pay claims “above an agreed limit against AstraZeneca over side-effects from its potential COVID-19 vaccine”. The report further says that the deal with AstraZeneca “shifts some of the risks involved in the roll-out of a vaccine to taxpayers”.