India to beat US and see 7 million COVID-19 cases by October: Study

With the highest single-day spike of 96,551 new cases and 1,209 deaths reported in the last 24 hours India’s Covid-19 count crossed the 45-lakh mark today. According to the health ministry, the Covid-19 case tally stands at 45,62,415 in the country.

Meanwhile, India may witness over seven million COVID-19 cases by the first week of October, surpassing the US and emerging as the country with highest number of infections, a team of researchers from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad said.

The team has been engaged in forecasting COVID-19 pandemic in India using advanced statistical learning techniques, lead researcher Dr TSL Radhika of the Department of Applied Mathematics, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus said.

Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech has announced that the animal trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin were successful.

It said the results demonstrated the protective efficacy of the vaccine in a live viral challenge model. “Bharat Biotech proudly announces the animal study results of COVAXIN – These results demonstrate the protective efficacy in a live viral challenge model,” tweeted the Hyderabad-based firm. It said the data from the study on primates substantiate the immunogenicity of the vaccine candidate.

Globally, over 28 million have been affected while over 908,257 have succumbed to the virus so far. The United States continued to remain the worst-affected, followed by India and Brazil.

With the reopening of service on the Airport Express Line, the Delhi Metro resumed its full services from Saturday. Now the metro trains will run from 6 am to 11 PM on all lines, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.