India’s corona count nears 8 lakh, country watching WHO alert

India has recorded over 25,500 new coronaivrus cases in a day, taking its total to 794,842. The country’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 21,623.

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a lockdown in the state from 10 pm today to 5 am on Monday. During thios period, movement will be permitted only for medical and essential services.

All markets, including food grain markets and other establishments, will remain closed and the supply of essentials will be ensured through doorstep delivery.

Continuing to rule out community transmission of COVID-19 in the country, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday said it is “closely watching the dynamic evolution of the virus situation in India, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) now indicating that the virus may be airborne”.

After earlier denials, the WHO on Tuesday said there is evidence emerging of the airborne spread of the coronavirus, after over 230 scientists across the world urged the global body to update its guidance.

As many as 12,389,554 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19 so far. While 7,182,395 have recovered, 557,405 have died, according to Worldometer.

Country-wise, the United States remains the most affected, with 3,219,999 coronavirus cases and 135,822 deaths. It is followed by Brazil, which has 1,759,103 cases and 69,254 deaths, and India (794,842 cases, 21,623 deaths).

Platforms like Amazon India and Flipkart are seeing 120%-140% growth in their shipments, surpassing January-February numbers, showing the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of online shopping in India.

This means on top of the recovery from lows of April, when only essentials were allowed to be sold online resulting in business falling by 80-90%, e-tailers are now clocking higher sales than what they did before the virus outbreak.