India reports lowest new cases in 3 months, total nears 76 lakh

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in India are now near the 76-lakh mark even as active infections peaked in September.

Authorities reported over 46,000 cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update at 8 a.m. on Oct. 20. That’s the lowest new cases reported in a day since July 23 when the government reported 45,720 cases.

The UNICEF said it will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses, as part of a larger plan of one billion hypodermic needles by 2021, to guarantee initial supply and help ensure that syringes are available in countries before the Covid-19 vaccines arrives.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to 40.3 million, while the deaths have soared to 1,117,430, according to the Johns Hopkins University.As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 40,333,146, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,210,849 and 220,095, respectively, according to the CSSE.

More than half of Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital still experienced symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, anxiety and depression for two to three months after their initial infection, according to the findings of a small UK study.

The research, led by scientists at Oxford University, looked at the long-term impact of Covid-19 in 58 patients. It found that some patients have abnormalities in multiple organs after being infected and that persistent inflammation caused problems for some for months.

The slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate has kept active cases in India below the 8 lakh mark for four consecutive days. India’s active caseload had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September. In a presentation, the Covid-19 Supermodel Committee led by M. Vidyasagar said this was the peak in active cases and that India may be able to contain the world’s second-largest outbreak by February.