Coronavirus India Updates: Record New Infections Take Active Cases Above 36 Lakh
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Coronavirus India Updates: Record New Infections Take Active Cases Above 36 Lakh

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A record number of new Covid-19 infections took India’s active caseload above 36 lakh, as the country continued to battle the world’s fastest spreading outbreak.

More than 4.14 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 7, marking the most number of fresh cases reported by any country in any single day.

Over 3,900 patients succumbed to the illness for the second day in a row, taking the country’s total death toll above 2.34 lakh.

Key Numbers:

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,14,91,598
  • Total number of active cases: 36,45,164
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 1,76,12,351
  • Total deaths: 2,34,083
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 4,14,188
  • One-day recoveries: 3,31,507
  • One-day deaths: 3,915
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 16,49,73,058

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A mathematical model prepared by IIT suggests India’s coronavirus outbreak could peak in the coming days, but they have been wrong in the past. The team’s most recent forecast puts them more in line with at least some other scientists, who have suggested a mid-May peak for India.

“Our predictions are that the peak will come within a few days,” Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, professor at IIT-Hyderabad, said by email Thursday, referring to a model prepared with Manindra Agrawal, a professor from IIT Kanpur. “As per current projections, we should hit 20,000 cases per day by the end of June. We will revise this as needed.”

Karnataka Extends Lockdown

The Karnataka government will implement a full state-wide lockdown from May 10 to May 24 amid surging cases in the city, ANI reported citing chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

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