1,58,333 coronavirus cases in India, death toll at 4,531

India’s count of Covid-19 has risen to 1,58,333 cases. A total of 4,531 people have lost their lives due to the infection. Among all States, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases.

USA has the most reported deaths by far and reached 100,000 deaths in less than four months. The United States was on the cusp of marking at least 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, a once-unthinkable toll that now appears to be just the beginning of untold misery in the months ahead as Las Vegas casinos and Walt Disney World make plans to reopen, crowds of unmasked Americans swarm beaches and public health officials predict a resurgence by fall.

The stark reality comes as only half of Americans said they would be willing to get vaccinated if scientists are successful in developing a vaccine, according to a new poll released Wednesday from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Around 95 attendees, including the newlywed couple, were quarantined on Wednesday after a guest at the wedding ceremony in Chindwara district tested COVID-19 positive. “We have commissioned the protocol required for this situation and will be making the area containment zone as a precautionary measure,” said Rajesh Shahi, municipal commissioner.

K Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister, Telangana, said, “According to some estimates, positive cases may increase in the country in the next two to three months. But, people should not entertain any fear or anxiety. The government is ready to provide treatment for any number of cases in the state. The required PPE kits, test kits, masks, beds, ventilators and hospitals are all ready.”

Telangana CMO said, “Government has decided to open all shops except the malls in Hyderabad from Thursday. People were crowding shops since the permission was given to open shops on an alternate basis, hence it has been decided to allow all shops to open.”

A second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US “could happen” but it was “not inevitable”, America’s top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said. The US can prevent another wave of COVID-19 as long as states reopen “correctly”, Xinhua news agency quoted Fauci as saying in a CNN interview.