India on Monday registered 445 deaths due to novel coronavirus which was biggest toll in one day so far. The country now has over 4,25, 282 cases COVID-19 cases out of which 14, 821 were recorded in the last 24 hours while the total number of deaths is 13,699, according to the Union Health Ministry. According to Johns Hopkins University, India is ranked eighth in global death toll.
As per worldometers.info, India by Monday evening had 4,27,047 and 13, 717 deaths and the figures were fast increasing.
Despite high number of cases, the health ministry said India has one of the lowest cases per lakh population in spite of its high population density. It added that India’s cases per lakh population are 30.04 while the global average is more than its triple at 114.67. The US has 671.24 cases per lakh population while the metric for Germany, Spain and Brazil is 583.88, 526.22 and 489.42, respectively, ministry said while quoting the WHO Situation Report 153 on June 21.
“This low figure is thus a testimony to the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach the Government of India along with the States/UTs took for the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19.
According to WHO 183,000 cases were reported today globally which is a record. The biggest increase in fresh cases are coming from Americas -- North and South -- that had 116,000 new cases followed by Brazil and India. In death toll, Brazil has crossed the 50,000 mark with 50,617 fatalities on Sunday.
In India, so far, 2,37,195 patients have been cured of COVID-19 and during the last 24 hours, 9,440 patients have been discharged. The recovery rate is 55.77%. At present, there are 1,74,387 active cases under medical supervision. Ministry said the difference between the recovered patients and the active COVID-19 cases continues to widen and on Monday the number of recovered patients has crossed the number of active patients by 62,808. While high mortality remains a cause of concern, health ministry officials maintain that recovery of patients is a major achievement and government’s entire focus is to keep the fatalities as low as possible.
Meanwhile, Delhi with 59,746 patients now has the second largest number of total COVID cases in India overtaking Tamil Nadu (59,377). Maharashtra with 1,32,075 positives remains on top. According to Prof Shamika Ravi, this means Delhi has 3193 cases per million people while the all-India average is 311 cases per million. With corona cases continuing to rise sharply in Delhi, Home Minister Amit Shah has asked senior officials to work out a new containment strategy for the National Capital.
On drugs research, Gilead Sciences has said that it plans to begin clinical trials of an inhaled version Remdesivir for COVID-19 patients in August and that the medicine can be used through nebulizer and easily administered.