Coronavirus India Updates: Cases Inch Higher With Total Tally Near 2.9 Lakh
Covid-19 infections neared the 2.9-lakh mark, as India continues to ease restrictions imposed during the two-month lockdown.
The world’s second-most populous nation added 9,996 fresh cases in the 24 hours preceding the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on June 11, taking the total tally to 2,86,579. This includes 8,102 deaths and 1,41,029 patients who have recovered.
Authorities reported 357 deaths and 5,823 recoveries during the same 24 hours. This is India’s deadliest day so far.
- Total confirmed cases: 2,86,579
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 9,996
- Total number of active cases: 1,37,448
- Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,41,029
- Total deaths: 8,102
Indian authorities have reported over 9,900 fresh cases for the fifth straight day. Today’s count is just four short of the 10,000-mark.
A jump in virus cases and hospitalisations in some U.S. states has sparked concern of a second wave, as America’s total infections neared 2 million. The World Health Organization warned that a persistent increase in cases in Latin America is of deep concern.
Tokyo is considering easing restrictions on Thursday, according to a local media report, while a person who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Australia at the weekend has tested positive. China is offering employees of some large state-run companies the option of being inoculated with two vaccines currently in development if they intend to travel overseas.
Cases pass 7.3 million; deaths exceed 413,000.
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Mumbai To Enhance ICU Beds Capacity
Mumbai will add 500 ICU beds in a week as the city had almost run out of capacity.
500 ICU beds will be made available within a week, health ministry Rajesh Tope said according to state health department. BMC data showed that Mumbai had 1,158 ICU beds of which 99% were occupied as of June 9.
Cases Close To 2,000 In Dharavi
Asia’s most crowded slum added 20 new cases today, according to a municipal official.
Total cases in Dharavi have now risen to 1,984, the official said. The death toll is now at 75 in the region.
No Community Transmission In India, Says ICMR
Even with confirmed Covid-19 cases in India nearing the 3 lakh mark, authorities continued to assert that there is no community transmission in the country.
"India is not in community transmission. We have to continue with our strategy of testing, tracing, tracking, quarantine and containment measures; we should not give up our guard on these," Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Balram Bhargava said at a media briefing.
Bhargava said that a sero-survey conducted in the country had shown that lockdown and containment measures were successful in preventing a rapid rise in infections, but a large proportion of the population still remains susceptible.
Since, a large proportion of the population is susceptible and infection can spread, non-pharmacological interventions such as physical distancing, use of face mask or cover, hand hygiene, cough etiquette must be followed strictly, Bhargava said.
Urban slums are highly vulnerable for the spread of the infection and local lockdown measures need to continue as already advised by the government, he said.
Active Vs Recovered Cases
The gap between India’s active and recovered cases widened a day after the country’s recoveries surpassed the number of live infections.
- Active cases: 1,37,448
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,41,029
India Likely To Surpass U.K. Cases Soon
As U.K.’s coronavirus infection curve seems to be flattening while India’s shows no sign of reducing its pace, the latter is likely to surpass the western nation soon.
India currently has the 5th highest cases int he world, a step behind U.K.