Coronavirus India Updates: India Surpasses China As Total Tally Tops 85,000
India’s mounting coronavirus cases have overtaken China’s tally, making it the latest nation with more infections than the country where the pandemic began. And that’s just with two days remaining before an inevitable extension of the nationwide lockdown that has been imposed for almost two months now.
India added 3,970 fresh cases over 24 hours, taking the total tally to 85,940 in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the health ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 16. That compares with China’s total tally of 84,038.
India’s total confirmed cases include 30,153 people who’ve recovered and 2,752 deaths.
The world’s second-most populous nation, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University, now has the 11th-biggest outbreak.
Over the last 24 hours, India has seen 103 deaths and 2,233 recoveries. Authorities have now reported more than 3,500 fresh cases for six straight days.
With cases on the rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said there would be a third extension of the lockdown, albeit with easing of some restrictions. The revised lockdown guidelines are expected over the weekend.
Meanwhile, through the week, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures under the Prime Minister’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, a post-pandemic financial package to help revive the economy—that’s headed for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades.
There have been more than 4.5 million coronavirus cases across the world, including 306,000 deaths.
U.S. cases increased 2 percent, above the week’s average, to 1.43 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. Deaths rose 2 percent to 86,744. New York, which has so far seen 132 deaths, is joining other Atlantic coast states in allowing beaches to reopen in time for the U.S. Memorial day holiday.
Italy had the fewest new coronavirus cases in four days as it prepares to let citizens move freely starting in June.
Researchers around the world are racing to develop vaccines to protect against the deadly coronavirus and allow countries to rebuild teetering economies. The World Health Organization, according to a Bloomberg report, is pushing a proposal that aims to ensure broad access to treatments and vaccines while offering an appropriate reward to creators.
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Covid-19: Mumbai APMC Market Update
- On May 18, three markets will reopen — vegetable, grain and masala.
- On May 21, fruit and onion-potato markets will reopen.
- Limits are placed on number of people and vehicles that can enter the markets at a time.
(Source: Mumbai APMC)
Covid-19 Cases In Dharavi
Asia’s most crowded slum recorded 53 new cases of coronavirus today, taking the total tally to 1,198.
- The total confirmed cases in Dharavi include 53 deaths.
AIIMS Bhopal Claims Good Results In Covid-19 Drug Trial
The government-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal has been conducting drug trials for the treatment of coronavirus that yielded some good results, a senior official claimed on Saturday.
The trials of the drug Mycobacterium W were conducted on Covid-19 patients at AIIMS Bhopal. The trials were being run for the last few days and the results were good, as out of four patients enrolled for the trial, three had fully recovered and discharged, the director of the institute Dr. Sarman Singh told PTI.
If Mycobacterium W proves effective during the clinical trial, it will be used in the treatment of Covid-19, he said. Mycobacterium W was used in the treatment of leprosy and recently, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research tied up with Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. to evaluate the effect of this medicine for faster recovery of hospitalised Covid-19 patients, Singh said.
The Drug Controller of India has granted permission to conduct tests on critically ill Covid-19 patients at three major hospitals in the country, including AIIMS Bhopal.
Singh also informed that soon Favipiravir, a drug used in Japan, will also be used for Covid-19 treatment.
Rajasthan Sees 91 Fresh Covid-19 Cases
Rajasthan reported 91 fresh cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the infection tally in the state to 4,838, officials said.
A total of 91 fresh cases were reported on Saturday. A maximum of them, 55, are from Jaipur, including 48 from the district jail. Besides, 21 cases were reported from Dungarpur, nine from Udaipur, two from Sirohi and one each from Ajmer, Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu and Kota, PTI reported quoting officials.
The state has so far recorded 125 deaths due to the disease.
Nine Districts In Madhya Pradesh Are 'Coronavirus-Free': Official
Nine districts in Madhya Pradesh, which earlier reported cases of infection, have now become coronavirus-free, a state government official said.
During a meeting held on Friday to review the Covid-19 situation in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Mohammed Suleman said the nine districts—Barwani, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur, Sheopur, Alirajpur, Harda, Shahdol, Tikamgarh and Betul—have become coronavirus-free.
Testing has been increased in the state, he said. So far, 93,849 samples have been tested.
According to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a total of 10,000 buses have been deployed for transportation of migrants and as many as 77 special trains have arrived in state till Friday.