India’s Covid-19 cases cross 27 lakh, top entrepreneur tests positive

Over 51,000 people have already died of coronavirus in India while the total number of cases has crossed 27 lakh. Globally, over 2.18 crore people have been infected by Covid-19 so far while 7.72 lakh people have died across the world.

With India reporting 55,079 cases and 876 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in India Tuesday rose to over 27 lakh (27,02,743)including 51,797 deaths, 6,73,166 active cases and nearly 20 lakh (19,77,780) recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The health ministry declared that a  “new landmark” has been achieved as the country crossed the 3-crore mark of tests conducted. A total of 3,00,41,400 samples have been tested until August 16 with 7,31,697 being examined on Sunday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Today is the 148th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown, to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 27,02,742 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 51,797 deaths. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have reported the highest number of cases.

However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Yet, India’s recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 72.5 percent.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon, whose company made controversial drug Itolizumab, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday. ‘I have added to the Covid count by testing positive. Mild symptoms n I hope it stays that way,’ she tweeted.

Earlier in July, Shaw had said, ‘Itolizumab has been approved in India and since the country is in a medical emergency, it was decided to go ahead with a clinical trial involving a cohort of 30 patients.’ She had said the regulatory process was extremely robust and the scientific discussions on the trial was of a very high order.