India’s Covid count nears 69 lakh, Delhi to witness 15,000 cases per day

India’s Covid case tally has reached 68,35,656, with 9,02,425 active cases. Over 1 lakh have succumbed to the virus in India so far.

The death toll climbed to 1,05,526, with 971 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. India’s drug regulator declined a proposal to test Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine in a large study and has asked it to first test the vaccine in a smaller trial.
While many candidates of coronavirus vaccine are being tried before their approval, Russia is the first country to grant regulatory approval for a novel coronavirus vaccine, even before large-scale trials were complete. Meanwhile, Delhi has crossed the mark of 3 lakh coronavirus cases.

With over 75,000 people recovering from COVID-19 every day in India, the country’s recoveries are 6.3 times more than active cases of coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country has witnessed an exponential rise in the number of COVID-19 recoveries from 50,000 recoveries in May to over 57 lakh in October.

“India’s COVID recoveries have witnessed a steep exponential rise – from 50,000 in May to over 57 lakh in October. A high level of more than 75,000 recoveries reported every day. Recoveries are 6.3 times the active cases (currently only 13.4 per cent of total cases),” the ministry tweeted.

Meanwhile, Delhi needs to be prepared for about 15,000 fresh cases of coronavirus per day taking into account the upcoming winter season-related respiratory problems, large influx of patients from outside and festive gatherings, a report drafted by the NCDC has warned.

The report drafted by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) under the guidance of the expert group under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr VK Paul has recommended the Delhi government to make arrangements for hospitalisation of about one-fifth of these patients with moderate and severe disease.