Coronavirus cases in India cross 1.25 lakh, death toll at 3,720

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to surge in India, with the total number of cases now touching 1,25,101. The death toll stands at 3,720.

India registers highest number of 6,654 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, taking total confirmed cases to 1,25,101 on Saturday. After 137 individuals succumbed to the viral infection in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 toll now stood at 3,720.

Of the total confirmed, there are 69,597 positive cases across the nation, according to the latest data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Meawhile, a revised government advisory has recommended use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-COVID-19 hospitals, frontline staff on surveillance duty in containment zones and paramilitary/police personnel involved in coronavirus infection related activities.

Economist Nouriel Roubini has warned of a prolonged downturn and sluggish recovery from the coronavirus.Nicknamed Dr Doom for his gloomy predictions, Professor Roubini said there are some jobs that simply will not come back after this crisis, the BBC reported on Friday.

Even if the global economy recovers this year from the impact of the coronavirus, it will be “anaemic”.He warned of “unprecedented” recession. Professor Roubini foresaw the financial crisis in 2008 before many others.

Brazil overtook Russia Friday as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide after the United States. With this, America emerged as the new epicenter of the pandemic.

The South American country has now registered 330,890 COVID-19 infections and 21,048 deaths, though experts say under-testing means the real figures may be 15 times higher or more.