Coronavirus India Updates: States Announce Partial Lockdowns As India Tops 7.6 Lakh Cases
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Coronavirus India Updates: States Announce Partial Lockdowns As India Tops 7.6 Lakh Cases

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Coronavirus infections in India have topped 7.5 lakh as the country continues to report over 20,000 cases on a daily basis, prompting the authorities to put several cities, districts and states under renewed lockdowns.

India added nearly 25,000 Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours to peg the total tally at over 7.69 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on July 9. Over 4.7 lakh of these cases have been declared as cured or discharged.

The Madhya Pradesh government decided to enforce a complete lockdown across the state on Sundays due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in some districts during the past week. Bihar imposed fresh lockdowns in several regions including the worst-hit Patna district.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too said that a lockdown will be imposed in containment zones in West Bengal for seven days from 5 p.m. Thursday. The situation will be reviewed after the seven days and the next course of action will be decided, she said.

Key Numbers:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 7,67,296
  • Active cases: 2,69,789
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 4,76,378
  • Deaths: 21,129
  • New cases in a day: 24,879
  • One-day recoveries: 19,547
  • One-day deaths: 487

Global Update

The U.S. surpassed 3 million infections to account for more than a quarter of cases worldwide. California and Texas recorded surging cases and deaths. Mexico had its biggest daily jump in infections as the virus ravages the Americas. Iran reported its deadliest day, while South Africa’s health minister warned of a scarcity of intensive-care beds.

Globally, total cases have topped 12 million while deaths have exceeded 548,000.

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Most Deaths In People Between 60-75 Years Of Age

India today said that most deaths due to Covid-19 were among the population that was between 60 to 75 years of age.

39% of Covid-19 deaths were in the 60-57 age group, which forms 8% of the total population, the health ministry said in a press briefing.

India Says It Has Managed Pandemic Well

India today asserted that the country's has managed the Covid-19 outbreak "relatively well" given the size of its population.

"Today we have 538 cases per million population, as per WHO situation report," Ministry of Health and Family Welfare representative Rajesh Bhushan said in a press briefing today. "Cases per million population in U.S. and Peru is 17 times more than what it is in India."

Bhushan said that India's death per million population is also among the lowest in the world. "We have 15 deaths per million population, compared to other countries where the same number is 40 times higher."

He noted that the gap between active and recovered cases has been progressively increasing. It shows that the country has been able to manage the situation without unduly burdening the health infrastructure, he said.

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