With 86,821 new cases, India’s Covid-19 count touches 63 lakh

India’s Coviid-19 tally reaches 63-lakh mark with a spike of 86,821 new cases and 1,181 deaths reported in last 24 hours.

Total case tally stands at 63,12,585 including 9,40,705 active cases. While the number of recoveries surged to 52,73,202. The death toll is at 98,678.

Keeping a “continuous upward trajectory”, India’s recovery rate has touched 83.33 per cent. The government took a decisive step towards unlocking almost everything on Wednesday, with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) lifting restrictions on cinema halls, schools, and swimming pools as part of its fifth tranche of guidelines to revive business and other activities.

Results from the Phase 1 trial of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate co-developed by researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the American biotech company Moderna have shown that it is well-tolerated and generates a strong immune response in older adults.

The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 34,146,369. While 25,409,820 have recovered, 1,018,173 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,447,099 cases. It is followed by India, which has 6,312,584 cases, Brazil (4,813,586) and Russia (1,176,286).

Researchers, including those from the Government of Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh, have conducted one of the largest analysis of Covid-19 epidemiology to date, and have found that both cases and deaths due to the disease have been more heavily concentrated in the 40-69 year age group in India than is seen in high-income countries, among other trends.

The study, published in the journal Science on Wednesday, assessed the disease transmission patterns in 5,75,071 individuals exposed to 84,965 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the two states based on data collected by tens of thousands of contact tracers. According to the scientists, including Ramanan Laxminarayan from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy in New Delhi, the findings offer a peek into the pandemic’s trajectory in a low- and middle-income country, where most Covid-19 cases have occurred.