New jump in India and warning cases could double

Monday, 20 Jul, 2020

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's tally nears 250,000.

On Saturday, mainland China recorded a total of 42 new asymptomatic cases, including 18 new asymptomatic patients in Urumqi. It is followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,65,714 cases, including 2,403 deaths.

A total of 333,228 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours, said the federal health ministry data on Friday.

The Health Ministry said the total number of cases includes 3,73,379 active cases and 6,77,423 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated.

IMA Hospital Board of India Chairman Dr VK Monga told the news agency that India was seeing an exponential growth in the number of coronavirus cases as over 30,000 new infections were being reported each day.

The government has said India's focus is on early case detection and saving lives.

According to John Hopkins University, India recorded the third highest COVID-19 caseload in the world. The death toll from the deadly virus crossed 25,000-mark today. At present, 885 government laboratories and 368 private laboratory chains are conducting Covid-19 tests across the country. This is indeed a very frightening situation for the country.

Abdul-Amir, who is also a member of the country's Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, noted that the committee made a decision to open some important economic activities, "but this does not mean (freely) launching coexistence with the virus, and does not mean that we controlled it, and certainly does not mean lifting all restriction measures".

The number of confirmed infections worldwide has passed 14.2 million, with 3.7 million accounted for by the United States alone.

West Bengal recorded 2,198 new cases and 27 deaths in last 24 hours, taking total cases to 40,209 including 23,539 recoveries and 1,076 deaths. Out of over 10 lakh cases, 6.35 people have recovered. Deaths rose by 7,360, the biggest a person-working day raise considering the fact that Could 10.

"In the case of COVID-19, only vaccine or immunity can defeat the present disease", he said. With 543 deaths the toll stood at 26, 816, Health Ministry data said.

Covid-19 has infected more than 14.4 million people, of whom over 8.5 million have recovered and over 604,000 have died.

Infections have been soaring in USA states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, with many blaming a haphazard approach to the lifting of the lockdowns as well as the resistance of some Americans to wearing masks.

Presently the country has entered "Unlock 2.0" phase, though restrictions remain in full force inside the COVID-19 Containment Zones. Timely, proactive, and graded strategy initiatives foreffective coronavirus infection management in the country, led by the Centre and implemented by the states and Union Territories, have ensured that the actual COVID-19 caseload remains manageable, it said, adding that expansion of hospital infrastructure continuously has aided in increased recoveries.