With around 50,000 fresh cases, India’s Covid count crosses 14 lakh

Daily Covid-19 cases in India went past 49,000 as the total caseload crossed 14 lakh, capping the deadliest week of the pandemic so far, when total cases grew by 28% and the death toll jumped by 19%.

India added 49,931 fresh cases in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 14.3 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on July 27. Of these, more than 9.1 lakh have recovered.

The number of coronavirus deaths in India have doubled in the past month, according to data compiled from State and Union government bulletins. While the toll stood at 16,075 on June 27, the number has gone up to 32,823 as of today.

Meanwhile, more than 1.613 crore people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 6.44 lakh have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Billionaire industrialist Cyrus Poonawalla is believed to have agreed to set aside 60,000 vials of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively for the Parsi community to which he belongs.

His son Adar tweeted: “We will keep more than enough for the community. Our production capacity of just one day will be enough to cover every Parsi on the planet.. given the size of our community!” Adar, CEO and owner of Serum Institute of India, was replying to a tweet by entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala.

Even as the transmission rate of Covid-19 remained high in India, the pace of recovery rose to a record 36,145 on Sunday. As of today, India has reported the fourth straight day of over 30,000 recoveries.