Coronavirus India Updates: India Reports Less Than 90,000 Fresh Cases For A Week
People wearing protective masks sit on benches at College Square in Kolkata, India. (Photographer: Arko Datto/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: India Reports Less Than 90,000 Fresh Cases For A Week

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Coronavirus infections in India continue to rise at the fastest pace in the world even as new case additions showed some signs of slowing down.

The country added over 88,000 new cases in a matter of 24 hours taking the total tally close to the 60-lakh-mark in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 59,92,532
  • Active cases: 9,56,402
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 49,41,627
  • Deaths: 94,503
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 88,600
  • One-day recoveries: 92,043
  • One-day deaths: 1,124

Fresh cases - though still the highest in the entire world - have remained below the 90,000-mark for a week now. Moreover, recoveries have been higher than new cases for three straight days, taking the total active cases close to the 9.5-lakh mark. Active cases had earlier risen as high as 10.17 lakh on Sept. 18.

Global Update

Antibodies that stop the coronavirus from spreading in the body are among promising strategies for averting severe illness from Covid-19 before vaccines arrive, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

New York, which earlier contained the nation’s worst Covid-19 outbreak, reported more than 1,000 new cases for the first time since early June. New U.S. infections crept above the pace of recent days.

Thousands of maskless protesters gathered in London, clashing with police as they demonstrated against the government’s expanded anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Globally, Covid-19 cases topped 32.7 million with over 992,000 dead, as of Sunday morning.

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

Travellers From Dubai, U.K. Contributed Maximum Covid-19 Importations Into India: IIT Study

ravellers from Dubai and the UK were primary sources of Covid-19 importations into India, according to an analytical study done by Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi.

According to the research, which has been published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, Covid-19 got induced into Indian states mainly due to international travels.

The study has also found that infected cases from Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh played less role in spreading the disease outside their communities. Whereas infected people in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, and Karnataka played a significant role in the local transmission, and some of them caused interstate transfer too.

"We tracked the spread of Covid-19 and its diffusion from the global to national level and identified a few super spreaders who played a central role in the transmission of the disease in India. The Covid-19 spread in phase one was traced using the travelling history of the patients, and it was found that most of the transmissions were local," Sarita Azad, Assistant Professor, IIT Mandi, told PTI.

"The research team has used the travel history of infected patients from January to April as the primary data source and a social network was created depicting the spread in the early phase of the pandemic. The research found that the maximum numbers of connections were established from Dubai (144) and the U.K. (64), she added.

Azad explained that statistical metrics calculated from the data revealed that Dubai and the U.K. played a crucial role in spreading the disease in Indian states and were the primary sources of Covid-19 importations into India.

Source: PTI

State-Wise Breakdown: Maharashtra Adds Over 20,000 Fresh Cases In A Day

Maharashtra added over 20,000 cases in a day, making it the state with the highest jump in Covid-19 cases. Others like Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha were the next in line. Delhi added over 3,000 cases.

Coronavirus India Updates: India Reports Less Than 90,000 Fresh Cases For A Week
Coronavirus India Updates: India Reports Less Than 90,000 Fresh Cases For A Week

Death Toll Still High

Over the past few weeks authorities have focused on India’s increasing recovery rate and falling death rate to iterate the government’s success in handling the virus. Around 82% of the country’s Covid-19 cases have recovered or been discharged while active cases have lowered to 16%.

While deaths stand for only 1.6% of total Covid-19 cases, the toll is still one of the highest in the world in absolute terms. The country has reported over one thousand deaths per day for the last 26 days.

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