Coronavirus India Updates : Covid-19 cases in India rushed past the 33-lakh mark, reporting the highest number of fresh cases in a day so far. The virus has killed over 60,000 people now.
India added over 75,000 new cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 33 lakh in the Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8:00 am on Aug. 27. This includes 60,472 deaths and over 25 lakh patients who have recovered.
Deaths spiked again with more than a 1,000 people who succumbed to the disease within a mere 24 hours. Recoveries fell to its lowest in 11 days.
India’s Covid-19 recoveries have topped the 25-lakh mark and are more than three times the number of active cases of the infection in the country, while the case fatality rate, maintaining a steady downward trajectory, has further dropped.
Indian authorities have tested over 3.6 crore samples with testing ramping up on a regular basis. Positivity rate, on the other hand, has dropped to 8% now from 11% in the first week of August, the Health Ministry said in a briefing on Tuesday. The central government has been attributing its claimed success to effective implementation of the policy of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively through surveillance and contact-tracing and treating efficiently.
Worldwide Covid-19 infections exceeded 24 million as cases continued to climb in Europe and Asia, with Italy, France and South Korea reporting the most new infections in months. New U.S. testing guidelines drew criticism from state leaders and public-health experts, while a top Trump administration official defended the move. Moderna Inc. presented new safety data from an early trial that provides the first evidence that its vaccine stimulates the immune systems of older people.
The World Economic Forum postponed its annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos to early summer 2021. The European Union’s trade chief stepped down after growing criticism that he broke virus regulations in his native Ireland.
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