Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 63 Lakh As India Prepares For Unlock 5
A health worker conducts rapid-antigen methodology Covid-19 tests at Sarai Kale Khan Transport Authority in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 63 Lakh As India Prepares For Unlock 5

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Covid-19 cases crossed 63 lakh in India today as masses continue to get infected at the highest rate in the world, at a time when the government has proceeded to the fifth stage of re-opening the economy.

The country added over 86,000 new cases in 24 hours taking the total tally to over 63 lakh in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 1

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A possible sign of the virus’ retreat, new cases have been falling in India for over a week. After reaching nearly 98,000 cases on Sept. 17, daily additions have remained below the 90,000 mark for ten straight days now. However, this is still fastest rate of infections across the world.

However, when coupled with the high rate of recoveries, active cases have fallen to as low as 9.4 lakh. That’s just 15% of the total case load.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 63,12,584
  • Active cases: 9,40,705
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 52,73,201
  • Deaths: 98,678
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 86,821
  • One-day recoveries: 85,376
  • One-day deaths: 1,181

Despite the extent of the outburst and over 1,000 people dying per day on 28 out of 30 days in September, the government has decided to go ahead with the fifth phase of reopening the economy. Dubbed ‘Unlock 5.0’, the latest phase will entail partial resumption of schools, multiplexes and entertainment parks.

Also read: Unlock 5: Schools Can Reopen But Attendance Not Mandatory; Cinemas Can Operate At Half The Capacity

Global Update

European regulators are set to start an accelerated review of a Covid-19 vaccine front-runner from the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc, even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reported to have widened its investigation into a trial participant who fell ill.

Globally, over 33.8 million people have been infected by the virus with over a million of them dead.

Track the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in India, here.

Coronavirus Super-Spreaders Drove Explosive Outbreak In India

Coronavirus super-spreaders were behind the explosion of Covid-19 in India, the country with the most cases after the U.S., researchers said.

A group of patients that included about 8% of India’s confirmed cases later led to almost two-thirds of its total infections, scientists said Wednesday in a study published in the journal Science. The research, based on tracing more than 3 million contacts in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu through Aug. 1, is the first major study of transmission in a developing country.

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