NEW DELHI: India has reported yet another high single-day spike, beating previous numbers after reporting over 18,550 cases in 24 hours.
So far, there are over 5,08,953 cases of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and out of that, 1,97,387 are active cases of the disease, 2,95,881 people have recovered and 15,685 people died.
Taking a dig at the central government amidst the rise in the number of cases, Congress leader and former party chief Rahul Gandhi said that the Modi-government has no plans to defeat the COVID pandemic.
Dr Randeep Guleria, director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, opined that peaking of COVID cases in Delhi and Mumbai will start in the next few weeks.
He added that early lockdown has helped in controlling the number of cases a lot.
In Tamil Nadu, 3,500 young volunteers, formed a group called FOCUS (Friend of COVID Person Under Surveillance). They have been contracted from mid-June till September are brought in by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to monitor and support 18 different categories of people under home quarantine.
In Delhi, as per a five-point Covid-19 management plan made by union home minister Amit Shah, officials in at least five revenue districts of the Capital started house-to-house screening of people across neighbourhoods.
Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), under the Ministry of Defence, has been roped in by the Union Home Ministry for the construction of a 1000 bed facility to house COVID patients.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal opined that plasma therapy has helped reduce the COVID-19 death rate by more than half at Lok Nayak Hospital, the only local government hospital authorised to conduct trials based on the therapy.
The International Monetary Fund, India will be the large economy worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic due to the fall of the country's GDP.
Globally, there are 97,97,226 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 43,60,532 are active cases of the disease, 49,42,636 people have recovered and 4,94,058 people died.
US epidemiologists suggested that probably 10% of the population could be infected and several thousands of them might have gotten cured without testing it.
The United States tested and recorded over 40,000 cases in one day. Spike in new infections was being reported mostly from southern and western states of Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California.