India records 52,000 new cases and 803 deaths, total over 18.5 lakh

The total coronavirus cases in India have surged to 1,855,745 while the death toll has climbed to 38,938, as per the data released by the Health ministry.

India now has 5.86 lakh active coronavirus cases while 12.30 lakh people have recovered from the disease so far with a recovery rate of 66 per cent.

Worldwide, the pandemic has now taken nearly 7 lakh lives, with 18 million confirmed cases. A WHO team that was visiting China to investigate the origins of Covid-19, has concluded its mission and WHO is now preparing a larger team of experts to visit Wuhan.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has banned the use of hookahs, with or without tobacco, in all public places, including hotels, restaurants and bars, with immediate effect to control the spread of COVID-19.

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as smoking means the fingers are in contact with the lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus, the health department said in an order.

Providing an explanation for India’s “lowest across the globe” mortality rate for Covid-19, doctors from Tata Memorial Hospital said “geography” and “seasonal variation” could be helping India. India has registered 38,135 deaths in the past four and half months compared to, say, 1.5 lakh in the US.

Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet, Siddaramaiah has said, “I have been tested positive for Covid19 and also been admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors as a precaution. I request all those who had come in contact with me to check out for symptoms & to quarantine themselves.”