Corona peak over in India: Expert panel

India has one of the lowest Covid-19 deaths per million population in the world with less than 1,000 fatalities registered daily.

The country is past the coronavirus peak, a government-appointed panel said, pointing to the tapering number of cases over last two weeks. From a peak of 97,000-plus cases, India is now logging 60,000-plus cases a day.

The daily spike stood at 61,871 infections today, taking the tally close to the 75-lakh mark, Health Ministry data this morning showed. The number of active cases remained below eight lakh for the second consecutive day.

Since August 8, India has been logging the highest figures worldwide in the daily spike in cases. Today, in a first in nearly two months, the US had the higher figure.

The panel –which has members of the Indian Council of Medical Research and IITs — said if safety measures are properly followed, the virus can be brought under control by “early next year, with minimal active cases by February end”.

Meanwhile, cautioning state governments against laxity in Covid-19 containment during the festival season, health minister Harsh Vardhan cited Kerala to say the state was paying the “price for gross negligence” during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with increased travel for trade and tourism led to a spike in infections.

During his weekly ‘Sunday Samvaad’ on social media, Vardhan said Kerala “ought to serve as a good lesson for all states against being negligent” in planning anti-Covid-19 measures for the festival season. Kerala health minister K K Shailaja had recently said laxity by people during easing of restrictions for Onam had contributed to a rise in infections.