India’s Covid count nears 60 lakh

India’s Covid tally today crossed 59-lakh mark; with 85,362 new cases in last 24 hours. A total of 1,089 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

The total case count now stands at 59,03,932 including 9,60,969 active cases. The total death count in India rose to 93,379, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The global death toll from Covid-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said.

The United States on Friday crossed seven million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. The figure of 7,005,746 cases confirmed by tests is the highest in the world, with India second at 5.8 million cases and Brazil third with 4.7 million.

In the ongoing race for an effective Covid-19 vaccine, several pharma companies are exploring off the beaten path. Johnson & Johnson is conducting a trial of a single-shot vaccine, while traditional vaccine candidates require two shots. Bharat Biotech has announced manufacturing of intranasal vaccine, which will set it apart from the intramuscular ones.

Most Covid-19 vaccine candidates are intramuscular where the shots are injected into the muscles. This process requires medical professionals, equipment etc. Intranasal vaccines can do away with this. It can be self-administered thereby reducing cost.

Pune has the highest number of Covid cases and deaths per million population among the country’s nine largest megapolises with over 5 million population each. But Bengaluru is where the situation appears to be worsening fastest, with the city having the highest growth in cases and deaths over the last one month. Ahmedabad continues to have the worst case fatality rate of 4.8, though it has come down over the last month.