India’s Covid count crosses 40 lakh, all set to become 2nd most affected country

India’s Covid-19 infection tally sprinted past 40 lakh, just 13 days after it crossed 30 lakh, with a record 86,432 cases being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 31,07,223 today pushing the recovery rate to 77.23 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.

India is set to become the second worst hit country in the world by Covid in a day or two. India’s Covid-19 cases jumped from 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days. It took 16 more days to race past 30 lakh and 13 days more to cross the 40-lakh mark.

It took 110 days for the Covid-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while it had taken 59 days more to go past the 10-lakh post.  India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August and went past 30 lakh on 23 August.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 4,77,38,491 samples have been tested up to September 4 with 10,59,346 samples being tested on Friday.

Antibodies against SARSCoV-2 were found among 8 per cent of the the state’s population in a seroprevalence survey conducted in Haryana last month, with people in urban areas and districts in the National Capital Region found affected more.

Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected 26,521,304 people and claimed the lives of 873,131 people so far. As many as 17,638,249 have recovered. On the vaccine front, Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor for White House’s vaccine programme, has said it was “extremely unlikely” though “not impossible” for a vaccine to be made available by the end of next month.

Also, the much-criticised Russian vaccine for novel coronavirus was found to be safe and also triggered a “strong” immune response, according to results of phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials published in The Lancet.