Corona Updates You Must Track: Tally Crosses 60-Lakh Mark, India Far From Achieving Herd Immunity, Says Health Minister

COVID-19 recoveries in the country have also gone past the 50-lakh mark. The total fatalities have reached 95,542

Kritika Banerjee Updated: Sep 28, 2020 14:46:10 IST
Corona Updates You Must Track: Tally Crosses 60-Lakh Mark, India Far From Achieving Herd Immunity, Says Health Minister An awareness drive on COVID-19 in Puducherry. Photo: Twitter/@BOC_MIB

India cases and toll: India’s coronavirus tally has crossed the 60 lakh- or 6 million-mark, the second country to achieve the grim milestone after the US. The country reported 82,170 fresh cases and 1,039 deaths in 24 hours, from 8 am Sunday to 8 am Monday, as per the data available on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.

The recoveries have crossed the 50 lakh- or 5 million-mark. There are currently 9,62,640 active cases while 50,16,520 people have recovered from the disease and 95,542 succumbed to it. In line with the trend witnessed on most Sundays, the number of COVID-19 tests dropped this weekend too. A total of 7,09,394 tests were conducted on Sunday.

India far from achieving herd immunity: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the early indications from the second national sero-survey show that India is far from achieving “any kind of herd immunity”. The minister, who was interacting with his social media followers, cautioned people against letting their guard down and not following the precautions necessary to fight COVID-19.

covid-tracker-28-september_092820024145.jpgCOVID-19 tracker for 28 September. Source: Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB

Global corona update: The global coronavirus count has climbed to 3,33,07,178 with 76,66,595 active cases, 2,46,38,184 recoveries and 10,02,399 deaths, as per Worldometer. Of the total active cases, 64,996 are in serious or critical condition.

With 73,21,343 coronavirus cases and 2,09,453 deaths, the US continues to lead the global tally. Brazil with 47,32,309 cases of coronavirus, which includes 1,41,776 deaths, is the third worst-hit country by the pandemic. Latin American countries Colombia and Peru also figure in the top 10 list—Colombia has reported 8,13,056 cases of coronavirus, with 25,488 deaths, while Peru's tally has climbed to 8,05,302 cases, which includes 32,262 deaths.

A story of hope: The pandemic-triggered lockdown has exposed the huge learning divide between rural and urban areas across the country. In the tiny Wailwada village in Karwar tehsil of Karnataka, several school students were finding it difficult to attend online classes due to lack of internet connectivity.

Help came from Sagar Naik, a final year college student, who decided to get an internet connection from a private player and shared the password with the students in distress so that they could attend their classes, reported The New Indian Express. Setting up the connection, however, was no easy task. Long cables lines, up to a kilometre, were drawn to ensure Naik’s house gets connectivity.

Villagers have now requested the district administration to provide internet facility. Till that happens, the open internet connection at Naik’s house can help the students tide over these difficult times.  

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