Corona Updates You Must Track: India Waits For Clarity On Lockdown 5.0, Delhi Records 1000-Plus Cases In A Day
Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with state chief ministers and sought their feedback on the lockdown. India is now the ninth worst-hit country by the virus in terms of case count
With just two more days to go before Lockdown 4.0 comes to an end, Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday held a discussion with the chief ministers of various states on the way ahead after 31 May. Even as restrictions have been eased in the fourth phase of lockdown, India’s coronavirus case count has continued to surge. On Friday, India’s COVID-19 tally stood at over 1.65 lakh, making it the ninth worst-hit country by the virus globally.
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India cases and toll: The number of fresh coronavirus cases continues to climb, with India adding 7,466 new cases in the last 24 hours. During the same period, 175 deaths due to the infection and co-morbidities were reported across the country. With this, the country’s coronavirus case count stands at 1,65,799, according to latest data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. On Friday morning, India had 89,987 active cases of COVID-19, 71,105 recoveries with the toll rising to 4,706.
Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and Odisha are showing a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. They have reported 2,036, 3,296 and 1,660 confirmed coronavirus cases so far, respectively.
Where Delhi stands: The national capital recorded its single-biggest surge in a day as 1,024fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Delhi, with 16,281 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, is now the third worst-hit state/UT by the infection, after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in terms of number of cases. Thirteen deaths were also reported during the same time, taking the toll to 316. An NDTV report claims deaths due to COVID-19 and co-morbidities may have been under-reported by a top government hospital in Delhi.
A vaccine for coronavirus: Dr Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert for the US government, offered a ray of hope to millions across the world when he said that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be out by November or December this year. His statement comes in the backdrop of many health experts saying that the virus is here to stay and over a period of time could become less harmful.
Meanwhile, Principal Scientific Adviser K. Vijay Raghavan on Thursday said that close to 30 groups in India, which includes big industry players as well as individual academics, are trying to develop vaccines against COVID-19, PTI reported.
Global corona update: Brazil, which has emerged as the global hotspot for coronavirus, reported 26,417 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a record for the Latin American country. According to worldometer, a website that tracks COVID-19 numbers real-time, Brazil’s coronavirus tally stands at 4,38,812 with 26,764 deaths so far. Globally, the total confirmed coronavirus cases are at 59,05,415, just shy of the 60-lakh or 6-million mark. Against 25,79,691 recoveries, 3,62,024 people have succumbed to the illness.
Story of hope: Moved by the plight of migrant workers, a group of former students of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, decided to help them. They raised Rs 12 lakh in a few hours and leased an Air Asia chartered plane to fly 177 migrant workers from Mumbai to Ranchi. You can read more on how this group of former students raised the money here.