India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 2 lakh mark, 1 lakh cases in 15 days, 1.6 lakh in 30 days
India’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 2-lakh mark on Tuesday with almost one lakh people testing positive with the infection in the last 15 days. Nearly 1.6 lakh cases were added in the past 30 days.
New Delhi: The nationwide novel coronavirus tally on Tuesday has crossed two lakh-mark, of which almost one lakh people testing positive with the infection in the last 15 days. Nearly 1.6 lakh cases were added in the past 30 days.
A total of 8,171 cases were added in the past 24 hours to the tally which reached 1,98,706. The death toll also rose to 5,598 as 204 more people died of the virus.
According to the Union Health Ministry, the cases under active medical supervision are 97,581. The total number of cured patients reached 95,526 with 3,708 new cases. More than 1.5 lakh cases were recorded in just 30 days.
The increasing number of COVID-19 cases is said to be largely because of easing the lockdown. In this first unlocking in the name of lockdown 5.0, more movements of people have been witnessed in the last couple of days.
Low fatality rate at 2.8 %
The government of India has maintained that India has been able to keep the fatality rate to as low as 2.8 percent despite its seventh position among countries of the world with the highest cases.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said it is conducting a survey to determine the extent of transmission of virus. The result of the survey is said to come out in a week time.
The number of positive cases in various states of India is different. Only four states constitute more than 60% of the COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra continues to have the maximum number of cases with over 70,000 patients. Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 23,495, Delhi with 20,834, and Gujarat with 17,200 cases.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reassured that Delhi is having required health infrastructure and facilities to tackle any situation. In view of the increasing number of cases, he launched a mobile application for providing information on vacant beds and ventilators in the national capital.
An increasing number of cases are also caused by the people getting shifted from one place to another place and mingling up with others despite state governments’ and local authorities’ strict measures of isolation and quarantining for them. People from abroad have also come back though their number is very low.
Vande Bharat Mission has already in place to bring back the stranded Indians abroad. Nearly 700 Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka due to the international travel restrictions taken back home on an Indian Navy warship.
As the cases continue to climb day-by-day, Health Ministry Joint Secretary stated that the Drug Controller General has given the approval of using ‘Remdesivir’ to treat COVID-19 patients based on evidence.
The Ministry, once again, cautioned the elderly above 60 years of age and those with co-morbidities as they are the most vulnerable. Seventy-three percent of deaths in India are of patients with co-morbidities.
Economic measures with lockdown
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded India’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in more than two decades to ‘Baa3’. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the annual general body meeting of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) stated that ‘unlock 1.0’ will bring growth back.
Prime Minister said, “Strengthening the economy against corona is among our highest priorities. There are five key elements reflected in all our decisions: Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure, and Innovation. For us, reforms are not random or scattered decisions, but a planned, systematic, integrated, and futurists process.” On lockdown, Mr. Modi said his government took the right step. “Lockdown has helped India to develop physical resources and save human resources”, he added.