Coronavirus: India crosses 2-lakh mark, death toll at 5,815

With India reporting 8,908 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus infections in India crossed the 2 lakh-mark to reach 2,07,614 on Wednesday.

This includes including 5,815 deaths and 1,00,302 cured/ discharged. As many as 217 people have died in the last 24 hours across the country.  Also, for the first time in nearly two months, the growth rate of infections in Maharashtra has slowed to fall below that of the country as a whole.

The seven-day compounded daily growth rate (CDGR) for Maharashtra has remained below the national average for three consecutive days now. More than one lakh samples are being tested every day, the Indian Council of Medical Research said

“ICMR is focusing on to increase Covid-19 testing capacity,” ICMR scientist Nivedita Gupta said. “As of June 1, we have 681 laboratories that are approved for conducting Covid-19 tests – 476 government and 205 private labs. Today, we are conducting 1.20 lakh tests every day.”

She also said “Instead of the use of “community transmission”, we need to understand the extent of the spread of the disease. We are far from the peak. Our measures to curtail the disease are effective. India has been very good in the reduction in mortality.”

Today is the seventy-first day of India’s nationwide lockdown, meant to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Health Ministry said yesterday that the recovery rate in India has reached 48.19 percent.

The Centre has extended the lockdown, now called ‘Unlock 1’, till June 30. A number of activities will be allowed to resume in a phased manner over this month.