India’s coronavirus count crosses 1.50 lakh mark

India’s count of Covid-19 cases was set to cross the 1.5 lakh mark, even as the number of fresh infections reported dropped slightly to its lowest number in the past six days at 5,502 while the deaths related to the virus rose by 172, the second highest single-day toll so far.

Spike of 6387 new Covid-19 cases and 170 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the country now at 1,51,767 including 83,004 active cases, 64,425 cured/discharged and 4337 deaths, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Maharashtra chief secretary Ajoy Mehta on Tuesday said currently, there are 35,178 active cases in the state. 80 percent of cases are asymptomatic in the state. The doubling rate in Maharashtra right now is 14 days, earlier it was five days.

The Union health ministry said that 4.4 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population, “which is amongst the lowest in the world”. “This has been due to lockdown, timely identification and management of COVID-19 cases,” the ministry said.

The government on Tuesday announced that the Aarogya Setu App will be open source, giving access to the source code to the developers’ community, and top officials said the move signals the government’s commitment to the core design principles of transparency, privacy andsecurity. ”

Open sourcing Aarogya Setu is a unique feat for India. No other government product anywhere in the world has been open-sourced at this scale,” said Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday promised a swift review of data on hydroxychloroquine, probably by mid-June, after safety concerns prompted the group to suspend the malaria drug’s use in a large trial on Covid-19 patients.