It has been ten months since its first cases were recognised in December 2019, the situation still is worsening. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 8.72 lakh lives. A tally by the Johns Hopkins University confirms that only 17 lakh people have recovered from amongst the 26 million people who have been tested positive for the virus.
A country as advanced as United States continues to top the charts with over 6.2 million cases and at least 187,765 fatalities. Brazil, the second worst-affected country has reported an addition of over 50,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. With the constantly growing number of cases, India is now ranked the third in the list and is expected to overtake Brazil if the infections continue to spread at the current pace. After adding over 86,000 new cases, India’s tally breached the 4-million mark on Saturday.
The total number of known cases worldwide are reported to cross 26.68 million with the death toll reaching a whooping 874,218. In India alone, the cases have sprinted past 40 lakh, within a short duration of 13 days after it crossed 30 lakhs. It has now risen to 40,23,179, while the death toll climbed to 69,561 according to the latest analysis. There are 8,46,395 active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country confirmed as of now, which is 21.04 per cent of the total caseload. The country witnessed a record of 86,432 cases being reported in the span of 24 hours ending 9 am Saturday. Recoveries have surged to 31,07,223, pushing the recovery rate to 77.23 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued an advisory on COVID-19 testing strategy, allowing “testing on demand” for individuals, but left it to states to modify the approach as per their discretion. It also advised testing on demand for “all individuals undertaking travel to countries or Indian states mandating a negative COVID-19 test at the point of entry”. The ‘Advisory on Strategy for COVID-19 Testing in India’ (version VI), issued on Friday, said the state governments can simplify the modalities to facilitate testing on demand.
Meanwhile, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned about the risk of famine and “widespread food insecurity” in 4 countries affected by the pandemic, Congo, Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan, adding that lives of millions of people are in danger.