Coronavirus India Updates: Total Tally Nears 12 Lakh; Over 7.5 Lakh Have Recovered
India continues to witness an influx of the coronavirus cases as the highly contagious pathogen spreads rapidly in the world’s second-most populous nation.
The country added nearly 38,000 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally close to 12 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on July 22. Of these, more than 7.5 lakh have recovered.
- Total number of confirmed cases: 11,92,915
- Active cases: 4,11,133
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 7,53,050
- Deaths: 28,732
- Number of fresh cases in 24 hours: 37,724
- One-day recoveries: 28,472
- One-day deaths: 648
Even as the pace of transmission of the novel coronavirus remains high in India, the pace of recovery rose to a record for the second straight day. The country reported 28,472 recoveries on Wednesday, the most number of patients cured of the disease in a single day.
President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. coronavirus crisis will probably worsen before improving. The outbreak escalated across the country, with California’s infections topping 400,000 and Texas reporting its second-deadliest day.
Singapore will tighten enforcement of social distancing and Hong Kong is making contingency plans for Legislative Council elections as virus cases spike.
The U.S. accused two Chinese hackers of working with Beijing to steal coronavirus research from Western companies. A study found that Covid antibodies fade quickly in some patients, raising concerns that their immunity from a future infection may not last long.
Globally, the Covid-19 cases surpassed 14.8 million, with over 613,000 dead.
Six-day Lockdown In Kashmir Valley
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has imposed a six-day complete lockdown across Kashmir Valley, except for Bandipora district, following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the last three weeks, officials said on Wednesday.
The decision comes into effect on Wednesday evening and will be reviewed after six days, they said as the Valley recorded 502 fresh cases.
Agriculture, horticulture and construction activities will continue in accordance with disaster management guidelines. The movement of goods carriers, LPG and oil tankers will also continue unhindered.
“Complete lockdown in all Red districts (excluding Bandipora) of Kashmir Division from today evening till 6 a.m. on July 27,” the Jammu and Kashmir administration's Department of Information and Public Relations said on Twitter.
According to Union Health Ministry figures on Wednesday, the number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 15,258, up from 7,497 on June 30.
The Valley has 5,263 active cases of the 6,540 in Jammu and Kashmir. It accounts for 243 deaths of the total 263 reported in the union territory.
India’s Death Toll Passes Spain
India reported 648 new deaths on Wednesday to take its total to 28,732, passing Spain to rank seventh globally in deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. The death toll as calculated by John Hopkins is marginally higher than the official Health Ministry figure of 28,472.
The country already ranks third in the number of infections.
Deaths in India so far have lagged the casualty rate seen elsewhere -- aided partially by the country’s younger population mix -- but fatalities are gaining momentum and India is rapidly closing in on former European hot spots France and Italy.
Situation ‘In Control’ In Mumbai: BMC Official
The Covid-19 situation "is in control" in Mumbai with less than 1,500 positive cases being reported daily, a senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.
Everyday, 6,000 to 7,000 tests are being done and most of the citizens are following safety protocols, additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani told PTI.
After the outbreak of Covid-19 in the city, the BMC has been focussing on slum pockets, Kakani said, the civic body will now focus on residential buildings and housing societies.
Guidelines will soon be issued for housing societies to ensure they do not allow outsiders without masks, he said, adding that there should be arrangements for thermal screening and hand sanitisers at the entrances.
The BMC also has the task of dealing with monsoon-related ailments, Kakani added.