India emerges 4th worst hit country in world by Covid-19

India’s Covid-19 cases climbed to the fourth highest in the world, overtaking the UK, even as the country reported another highest single-day rise in new infections and deaths. The number of cases now stand at 297,535, of which active cases account for 141,842.

The Delhi government has issued an order directing all designated COVID-19 hospitals to make oxygen facility available on all of their beds. Decision taken in view of the surge in positive cases in Delhi in last one week.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi — three worst-hit state by coronavirus pandemic — witnessed the highest spike in daily COVID-19 count.

The death toll from the COVID-19 virus spiralled to 396 in last 24 hours. Coronavirus killed 8,498 people in the country. Maharashtra recorded 152 deaths on Thursday — highest number of fatalities in a day.

In a study published in the journal MDPI Vaccines on Thursday, Bar Ilan University researchers examined antigen molecules, that provoke an immune response of antibody production, Xinhua news agency reported.

The team identified a set of potential epitopes, protein parts of antigen molecules, in the protein set of the virus. These epitopes can generate both antibody and cell-mediated immune responses.

The coronavirus numbers have been increasing exponentially since the May 24, when India entered the list of top 10. It has just 18 days to reach the fourth slot. On the way it has left behind Italy and Spain, two of the nations badly hit by the highly contagious virus, which surfaced in China’s Wuhan in December and became a global pandemic by March.

The surge of cases in the country came amid the world’s biggest lockdown. On March 25, when the lockdown was declared, the country had a little over 500 cases. Ten people had died.