India reels under coronavirus pandemic as Covid-19 cases cross 1 million-mark in country
New Delhi: The novel coronavirus, Covid-19, pandemic has worsened in India with the total number of cases crossing the 10 lakh-mark, on Thursday. According to the latest data, the country also saw 35,468 new Covid-19 cases.
More than 25,000 people have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus in the country.
The surge in India’s Covid-19 numbers are currently being driven by surge in the number of cases in in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. These states are recording well over 1,000 positive cases every day. However, Maharashtra remains the most affected state in the country to this date.
Currently, India ranks third in the world in the number of coronavirus cases after the United States and Brazil.
Record jump in Maharashtra Covid-19 cases
Maharashtra, which has been the leading state in the number of coronavirus infections in the country since April, reported a record spike of 8,641 positive cases on Thursday. It now has confirmed a total of 284,281, according to the state health department.
The state also saw 266 Covid-19-related deaths on the day, which took the overall tally of fatalities from the disease to 11,194.
Vaccine hopes brighten
As scientists around the world is scrambling to prepare a vaccine for the worst pandemic since the Spanish flu, nearly a century a century, reports with hope are coming out from pockets across the globe.
A team of scientists at Oxford is planning to begin tests on volunteers who will be intentionally exposed to the virus in – what is known as – a “challenge trial”. However, this move seen as controversial since there is no proven cure for the disease.
The Oxford vaccine has already been tested in a “Phase 1” trial involving about 1,000 British volunteers. The details of this trial is due to be published in the Lancet, on Monday. Tens of thousands of people are also being recruited in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and the US for a further testing of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, Chinese company Sinovac Biotech’s experimental vaccine is set to enter final stage of testing later in about two weeks from now.
Apart from this, the United States, India, and a range of other countries are either working individually or cooperating with each other in developing a vaccine at the earliest and some of the companies and organizations working towards it have expressed hope that a vaccine could be available in the market as early as August.
Latest global coronavirus stats from Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Latest coronavirus India stats:
- Confirmed: 1,005,637
- Deaths: 25,609
- Recovered: 636,602
Latest worldwide coronavirus stats:
- Confirmed: 13,916,969
- Deaths: 591,556
- Recovered: 8,263,925
Top 5 countries with coronavirus infections:
- United States: 3,680,868
- Brazil: 2,012,151
- India: 1,005,637
- Russia: 752,797
- Peru: 341,586
Top 5 countries with coronavirus deaths are:
- United States: 140,957
- Brazil: 76,688
- United Kingdom: 45,119
- Mexico: 36,906
- Italy: 35,017
[This story was last updated at 5.20am, July 17, 2020.]
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