Coronavirus India Updates: Over 4 Lakh New Infections, Nearly 4,000 Deaths
People outside an entrance to the Jumbo Covid-19 hospital in Pune. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Over 4 Lakh New Infections, Nearly 4,000 Deaths

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India recorded more than 4 lakh new Covid-19 infections and nearly 4,000 deaths as the world’s fastest spreading outbreak overwhelms the country’s healthcare system.

4.12 lakh people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 6, marking the most number of fresh cases reported by any country in any single day.

Active cases in India crossed 35 lakh for the first time ever.

3,980 patients succumbed to the illness on India’s deadliest day in the battle with coronavirus, taking the country’s total death toll above 2.3 lakh.

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Key Numbers:

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,10,77,410
  • Total number of active cases: 35,66,398
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 1,72,80,844
  • Total deaths: 2,30,168
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 4,12,262
  • One-day recoveries: 3,29,113
  • One-day deaths: 3,980
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 16,04,94,188

India has given an emergency use authorisation to Roche Pharma’s cocktail of drugs that will be used for treat patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms.

Roche has partnered with Cipla Ltd. for pan-India production and distribution of the antibody cocktail of casirivimab and imdevimab.

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Meanwhile the Principal Scientific Adviser to the government has warned that a third wave of the pandemic is a matter of when not if. “A third wave is inevitable, given the variants,” K Vijay Raghavan said in a media briefing. “But we do not know when it will come, we do not know what the scale will be. We have to be prepared.”

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