Covid-19 India Updates: Fresh Cases Stay Below 40,000 For Second Straight Day

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Covid-19 India Updates: Fresh Cases Stay Below 40,000 For Second Straight Day

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India’s fresh coronavirus infections stayed below 40,000 for the second straight day amid concerns over a third wave of the pandemic.

India added 36,083 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 3.2 crore in the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2021. Daily recoveries, too, were less than 40,000 for the second consecutive day but exceed one-day additions.

Key figures:

  • Total confirmed cases: 3,21,92,576

  • Total number of active cases: 3,85,336

  • Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 3,13,76,015

  • Total deaths: 4,31,225

  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 36,083

  • One-day recoveries: 37,927

  • One-day deaths: 493

The new Covid-19 cases have receded from the peak of 4 lakh touched early May amid the second wave of the pandemic. The number of deaths reported, too, has dropped. But the actual fatalities are feared to be much higher on account of underestimation because of a combination of under-counting, a backlog in the civil registration system and a lack of testing leading to Covid deaths being classified under other conditions like heart disease.

Active cases constitute 1.19% of India’s total Covid caseload, while recoveries constitute 97.5%.

Meanwhile, India has vaccinated 54.4 crore people, with 73.5 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. Total number of tests done during the previous day was 19.2 lakh.

Still, India is likely to see a rise in Covid-19 infections building into a new — though smaller — virus wave that may peak in October, Bloomberg reported citing a mathematical model by researchers who accurately predicted the tapering of a brutal surge of cases earlier this year.

The country, according to estimates by researchers led by Mathukumalli Vidyasagar and Manindra Agrawal at Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad and Kanpur, respectively, may see a worsening of its outbreak as soon as this month, with the next wave peaking in the best-case scenario with less than 100,000 infections a day, or nearly 150,000 in the worst scenario.

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