India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 61-lakh mark with spike of 70,589 new cases

India’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 61-lakh mark with a spike of 70,589 new cases and 776 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

Daily Covid-19 cases recorded across the country on Monday dropped below 70,000 for the first time in September, as testing numbers fell sharply to the lowest in five weeks.

Today is the 190th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown, to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 61,45,291 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 96,318 deaths. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu 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 83 percent.

Amid the country’s ongoing fight against Covid-19, scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have discovered another virus called ‘Cat Que Virus’ (CQV) which has the potential to cause disease in the country.

Falling under the category of Arthropod-borne viruses and found in pigs and culex mosquitoes, CQV has been largely reported in China and Vietnam.

Scientists at the National Institute of Virology (NIV), ICMR, Pune discovered antibodies for the virus in two out of the 883 human serum samples tested across states. The testing of samples further indicated that these two people were infected with CQV at some point of time.