Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 43.7 Lakh; Most Daily Covid-19 Deaths In The World
Covid-19 virus continues to infect people in India at a record pace at a time the country is opening up its public transport system to support economic activity.
India added nearly 90,000 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 43.7 lakh in the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 9. That's only behind U.S.’ 63 lakh cases which could also be eclipsed if the virus continues to spread in the country at the current rate.
This is the third highest new cases figure reported by authorities. At the same time, India also reported its highest number of recoveries in a 24-hour span at over 74,000 cases.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 43,70,128
- Active cases: 8,97,394
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 33,98,844
- Deaths: 73,890
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 89,706
- One-day recoveries: 74,894
- One-day deaths: 1,115
Despite higher recoveries, deaths due to Covid-19, too, remain elevated. The country has reported more than 1,000 casualties due to the highly contagious pathogen for eight straight days.
India is now adding most number of deaths everyday due to coronavirus in the world.
The seven-day death average in India reached 1079 on Sept. 9. This is ahead of the U.S. which added 801 deaths, and Brazil which added 797 deaths on an average in the last one week.
As the nation with 1.3 billion people crosses yet another grim milestone, the pandemic is threatening to overwhelm an already-overworked healthcare system. Still, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a press briefing during the week ended Sept. 4, claimed that India has the lowest cases per million people in the world.
Active cases -- nearing the 9 lakh mark -- are still 21% of the total Covid-19 pie in India while fatalities have dropped to 1.7%.
Frontrunners in the race for a Covid-19 vaccine pledged to avoid shortcuts on science as they face pressure to rush a shot to market. AstraZeneca Plc put its Phase 3 study on hold after a suspected adverse reaction, STAT reported.
Europe’s fears of a virus resurgence are becoming reality with France’s health minister calling the surge in infections “worrisome.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson is poised to announce bans on social gatherings of more than six people in England.
Globally, the virus has infected over 27.4 million people with over 8,94,000 dead as of this morning.
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Covid-19 Reaches Community Spread Phase In Shimla: Health official
Community spread of the novel coronavirus has been witnessed in Himachal Pradesh's capital Shimla, a senior health official said Wednesday.
In a statement, Shimla Chief Medical Officer Surekha Chopra said the recent data of Covid-19 cases established community spread of the virus. The coronavirus cases are increasing day by day and neither their index cases nor travel history is being found which establishes its community spread, she added.
The coronavirus cases are increasing day by day and neither their index cases nor travel history is being found which establishes its community spread, she added.
"That was why, the monthly meeting of doctors with ASHA workers was held under the open sky in Shimla on Sept. 7 as open air and sunlight help in reducing the spread of the virus," she said.
The health and family welfare department of Shimla district has launched a campaign to hold routine meetings and workshops of the health department in the open in hospital premises and the Sept. 7 meeting was a part of this campaign, she added.
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Plasma Therapy May Be Safe, Effective In Children With Covid-19: Study
Convalescent plasma therapy appears to be a safe and possibly effective treatment for children with life-threatening cases of Covid-19, according to a small study.
The research, published in the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer, is the first report of convalescent plasma in children with life-threatening Covid-19.
Researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the U.S. noted that no therapies have been yet proven safe and effective for children who develop life-threatening complications from contracting the SARS-COV-2 virus.
One possible treatment that has been explored in adults is the use of convalescent plasma, which is derived from patients who have recovered from Covid-19, they said.
The therapy can be administered in currently ill patients to generate an antibody response that renders the virus inert, according to the researchers.
Early positive results were observed in adults who received convalescent plasma, but the treatment had not been studied in children, they said.