Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 11.1 Lakh With Nearly 27,500 Dead
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Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 11.1 Lakh With Nearly 27,500 Dead

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Total Covid-19 cases in India rose past the 11 lakh mark as the country recorded the biggest spike in fresh cases

India added over 40,000 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 11,18,043 in the world’s third-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on July 20. Recoveries have crossed the 7-lakh mark while active cases are due to rise past the 4-lakh mark.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 11,18,043
  • Active cases: 3,90,459
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 7,00,087
  • Deaths: 27,497
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 40,425
  • One-day recoveries: 22,664
  • One-day deaths: 681

India took 150 days to add 5 lakh and only 20 to double it to more than 10 lakh. The 11th lakh was added in just a matter of three days.

The pace of transmission is rising even as it started to decelerate in some developed nations. India’s daily additions have surged manifold compared with the U.K., France, Russia, Spain and Italy—countries that witnessed a massive outbreak recently.

Global Update

U.S. deaths from Covid-19 surpassed 140,000, while a resurgence of cases in Asian countries prompted governments to tighten restrictions again. Hong Kong plans to extend mandatory wearing of masks to more public spaces after a record 108 new infections on Sunday. Residents in Melbourne also must wear masks as Victoria state reported another 275 cases.

Globally, total cases passed the 14.4-million mark while over 605,000 people have died.

Track news and developments regarding the outbreak in India here.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain To Resume Work After Recovering From Covid-19

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who has recovered from COVID-19, will resume work from Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. Jain will be resuming work after a month.

The minister had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on June 17. In his absence, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was looking after health and home departments, and PWD headed by Jain.

"Our Health Minister Satinder Jain has recovered. He will join work from today. He was always on the field visiting hospitals and meeting health workers and patients. He contracted corona. After one month, he joins back today. Welcome back Satinder and best wishes!."Kejriwal tweeted.

The 55-year-old minister had been administered plasma therapy after which his condition improved. He was discharged from hospital on June 26.

Source: PTI

1,018 Fresh Covid-19 Cases In Assam; Infection Tally Nears 24,000-Mark

Assam reported 1,018 fresh Covid-19 cases and four deaths due to the disease on Sunday, taking the state's infection tally to 23,999 and the death toll to 57, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The 1,018 new cases include 577 from Guwahati, he said.

"In an irreparable loss to four families, I am anguished to share that four persons have succumbed to #COVID19. My heartfelt condolences”, the Minister tweeted. The total number of deaths due to the infection, confirmed by the Death Audit Bureau has reached 57 with the mortality rate at 0.25%.

Source: PTI

FDA Approves Quest Covid-19 Test For ‘Pooled’ Sample Use In U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a new approach to coronavirus testing that combines test samples in batches instead of running them one by one, speeding up the process.

The FDA said Saturday that it reissued an emergency use authorization to Quest Diagnostics to use its Covid-19 test with pooled samples. It is the first test to be authorized to be used in this way.

With pooling, instead of running each person's test individually, laboratories would combine parts of samples from several people and test them together. A negative result would clear everyone in the batch.

A positive result would require each sample to be individually retested.

Pooling works best with lab-run tests, which take hours not the much quicker individual tests used in clinics or doctor's offices.

The potential benefits of sample pooling include stretching laboratory supplies further, reducing costs and expanding testing to millions more Americans who may unknowingly be spreading the virus.

Health officials think infected people who aren't showing symptoms are largely responsible for the rising number of cases in more than half the country.

Source: PTI

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