Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases Top 67,000; More Than 2,200 Dead
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India topped 67,000 with more than 2,200 dead, at a time when the country is struggling to reopen its economy.
India added 4,213 new Covid-19 cases over 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry’s 8:00 a.m. update on May 11. The total number of cases in India stands at 67,152. This includes 20,917 people who’ve recovered and 2,206 deaths.
This is the highest number of new cases India has reported within 24 hours.
Five states in India - Maharahstra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Rajasthan - account for nearly 72 percent of India’s total cases.
Global cases topped 4 million, though the situation improved in Europe, with France and Italy among countries reporting the lowest fatalities since March. The U.K. outlined plans to ease a lockdown. South Korea is seeing a flare-up in cases tied to nightclubs in Seoul. The death toll in Indonesia neared 1,000 as infections jumped over the weekend. China put Shulan, a city in a province bordering North Korea, under lockdown after an increase in the number of cases.
Prime Minister Emphasises On Collective Action In Meet With Chief Ministers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today emphasised on the need for collaborative action against Covid-19 in his fifth video meeting with chief ministers since the outbreak in India.
The fight against Covid-19 has to be more focussed from now on, Modi told the chief ministers according to Bloomberg. We now have a reasonably clear indication as to the geographical spread of the pandemic in India, including the worst affected areas, he said.
Modi said that the road ahead should be focussed on reducing the spread of the virus and ensuring that people continue to follow precautions like social distancing.
The prime minister also said that the states will have to ensure that rural India remains free from the crisis.
India Has Done Over 16.7 Lakh Tests So Far
India had done more than 16.7 lakh Covid-19 tests until Monday morning.
There were 64,651 tests done on Sunday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research’s data released on Monday. That’s slightly lower than the roughly 80,000 tests per day that were being done over the past week.
India’s rise in cases has been in congruence with the increased testing.
India Reiterates That Aarogya Setu Is Secure
India has again emphasised that its controversial Covid-19 tracing app Aarogya Setu is safe despite a number of privacy concerns surrounding it.
“The Aarogya Setu app was made keeping privacy first in mind. The app has contributed significantly in India’s fight against Covid,” said Ajay Sawhney, chairman of the empowered group charged with ensuring data management to tackle coroanvirus in India. “We are working hard to ensure data privacy, and we worked hard to ensure that no one’s data is being misused.”
Sawhney said that over 9 crore users have already signed up for the app. However, the data of only 13,000 people is stored on the servers so far. “The government is using this only for health interventions. Your personal identity is not being revealed or shared with the public.”
The official explained that whenever a user signs up, they get a unique randomised anonymous ID. “Their name is not used. The initial information they fill is secured on the server. Subsequently, only the device ID is used.”
He added that when two Aarogya Setu users are in vicinity of each other, the app uses Bluetooth to track how long the two have been together. “The data is stored on the device itself anonymously. If one of them tests positive, then only the other user is alerted about it.”
Sawhney also claimed that the government will delete user data after a few days.
- The encrypted data stored on devices is deleted after 30 days.
- If you're tested and negative, then the data is stored on the server for 45 days.
- For those who are positive, data is deleted 60 days after they are cured.
A similar mechanism is being put into place for feature phones and landlines by calling 1921.
‘Unwarranted’ To Think Covid-19 Will Vanish Down The Summer, Says Indian Virologist
While the possibility for reduced spread of SARS-CoV-2 due to hot weather cannot be ruled out, it will be unwarranted to assume that Covid-19 will vanish down the summer, according to an Indian virologist.
The arrival of summer in India may have raised hopes that hot and humid weather could slow the Covid-19 progression but virologist Naga Suresh Veerapu believes that outbreak and pandemic occurrences often do not follow seasonality.
Veerapu, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh noted that it is too early to speculate on the changes in the epidemiological landscape of SARS CoV-2 with the seasons.
"It is sensible to rationalise that high temperature reduces the spread of SARS-CoV-2, unwarranted though assuming the virus vanishes down the summer," he told PTI.
In April, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. announced that a warm and humid weather is linked to slower spread of the novel coronavirus, suggesting that Asian countries experiencing monsoon may experience lesser transmission of the virus.
However, a global study published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that temperature and latitude are not associated with the spread of Covid-19 disease, adding that school closures and other public health measures were, on the other hand, having a positive effect on containing the novel coronavirus.
Veerapu noted that the possibility for reduced spread of SARS-CoV-2 due to hot weather cannot be ruled out, and India can gain the window of opportunity to work on countermeasures to contain the disease.
However, he explained that regardless of the hot weather, SARS-CoV-2 may continue human-to-human spread under household conditions, and in confined spaces.
338 Containment Zones In Kolkata
There are at least 338 containment zones in the city, the Kolkata Police said on Monday.
The city police has put up on its Twitter account the list of all the 338 containment zones as received from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The list has names of all the 338 containment zones in the city starting from KMC Ward No 1 to KMC Ward No 140.
West Bengal at present has four red zones including the city, neighbouring Howrah, North 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts. There are 11 districts in the orange zone and eight in the green zone.