Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 45 Lakh On Another Record Spike In Fresh Infections
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Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 45 Lakh On Another Record Spike In Fresh Infections

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The coronavirus cases in India is surging unabated, triggering concerns that the world's second-most populous nation may soon surpass the total tally of the U.S.—the worst-hit by the deadly pathogen.

India added over 96,000 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 45 lakh in the world’s second-most infected nation, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 11. That's only behind U.S.’ 63 lakh cases.

Fresh cases India reported on Friday is the highest recorded by any county in a single day.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 45,62,414
  • Active cases: 9,43,480
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 35,42,663
  • Deaths: 76,271
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 96,551
  • One-day recoveries: 70,880
  • One-day deaths: 1,209

This is the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in India in a single day after the spike recorded on June 17 when states reconciliated fatalities that occurred over a few weeks.

The fatality rate, however, dropped below 1.7%, while active cases are still less than 21% of the total Covid-19 pie in India.

Global Update

Drugmakers seeking an emergency authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine will have to meet a higher standard than normal to win clearance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. AstraZeneca Plc said its vaccine could still be ready by year-end.

Global cases topped 28 million as Western Europe surpassed the U.S. for new infections, re-emerging as a global hotspot. Deaths exceeded 907,000, as of Friday morning.

State-Wise Distribution Of Coronavirus Infections

Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 45 Lakh On Another Record Spike In Fresh Infections

6.4 Million People Were Exposed To Coronavirus In India By Early May

The much-awaited findings of the first national sero survey conducted by the ICMR, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, indicate that 0.73% adults in India were exposed to SARS-CoV-2 amounting to a total of 6.4 million infections by early May.

The survey was conducted from May 11 to June 4 and covered 28,000 individuals whose blood samples were tested for IgG antibodies using COVID Kavach ELISA kit.

Seropositivity was the highest in the age group of 18-45 years (43.3%), followed by those between 46-60 years (39.5%), and it was the lowest among those aged above 60 (17.2%).

It's estimated that there were a total of 64,68,388 adult infections in India by early May, according to the survey report.

“The findings of our survey indicated that the overall seroprevalence in India was low, with less than one per cent of the adult population exposed to SARS-CoV-2 by mid-May 2020,” the report said.

The low prevalence observed in most districts indicates that India is in early phase of the epidemic and the majority of the Indian population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
National Serosurvey Report

Revised Guidelines Issued For Conducting Exams Amid Covid-19

The government has issued a revised Standard Operating Procedure for conducting examinations amid the Covid-19 pandemic, removing the provision that allowed symptomatic candidates who insist on taking an exam to do so in isolation.

According to the revised document from the Health ministry, in regular course, a symptomatic candidate should be referred to the nearest health centre and given an opportunity to undertake the examination through other means, or the university or educational institution shall arrange for taking the exam at a later date when the student is declared physically fit.

“However, if a student is found to be symptomatic, the permission or denial thereof, in such cases shall be granted as per the policy already enunciated on the issue by the Examination Conducting Authorities," the revised SOP said.

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