India’s Covid count crosses 44 lakh, over 95k cases in 1 day

India’s Covid tally rose to over 44 lakh as the country registered 95,735 cases, inching closer to the grim reality of recording one lakh fresh cases in a day. Over 1,172 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

India likely had 6.4 mn Covid cases by May, says ICMR’s Sero Survey. The survey, carried out from May 11 to June 4, tested blood samples from 28,000 people across 21 states.

The survey report said 0.73% or 64,68,388 adults were exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease.

The national serosurvey was conducted from May 11 to June 4 on 28,000 people, whose blood samples were tested for IgG antibodies using Covid Kavach ELISA kit.

The much-awaited findings of the first national serosurvey conducted by the ICMR, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, indicated that 0.73 per cent adults in India were exposed to SARS-CoV-2, amounting to a total of 6.4 million infections by early May.The survey was conducted from May 11 to June 4 and covered 28,000 individuals whose blood samples were tested for IgG antibodies using Covid Kavach ELISA kit.

The worldwide number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has surpassed 28 million, Johns Hopkins University says.The exact number of the coronavirus cases stood at 28,047,828 as of 01:00 GMT on Friday. More than 907,000 people have died of the disease, the university added. The World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. The biggest number of cases so far has been registered in the United States, India and Brazil.

For every confirmed case of COVID-19 in May, there were 82-130 infections that went undetected. The survey report said that overall infections were low with less than one percent of the adult population being exposed to COVID-19 by then. But this also meant that a majority of the population was still susceptible to the highly contagious virus.