India’s coronavirus tally reached 59,92,532 on Sunday after the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported a rise of 88,600 cases in the last 24 hours. The toll rose by 1,124 to 94,503. India now has 9,56,402 active cases. The country’s mortality rate is 1.61%, while the recovery rate is at 82.1%.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that his ministry is closely reviewing every emerging aspect of the coronavirus situation in India when asked about reinfection cases. He also said that Indians are still far from achieving herd immunity against coronavirus infection, adding that the Indian Council of Medical Research’s second sero-survey should not create a sense of complacency in people with regard to the virus.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the coronavirus fatality rate in the national Capital was less than 1% in the last 10 days and that a massive increase in testing has led to rise in new cases.
Travellers coming in from Dubai and the United Kingdom were the main sources of coronavirus importations into India, an analytical study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi. The study also found that Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi did not play a significant role in spread of the infection.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti and Karnataka Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao tested positive for the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his “Mann ki Baat” programme, praised the farmers for playing an important role in making India self reliant during the coronavirus crisis. His remark came amid nationwide protests over the Centre’s farm bills.
Adar Poonawalla, the chief executive officer of the Serum Institute of India, praised Modi’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Modi had assured the United Nations that India would help the world with a vaccine against the coronavirus. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a special reference to India’s role in manufacturing one of the most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates currently undergoing trials.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the state could be hit by the second wave of the coronavirus as more people were going out for work. He also expressed concern over asymptomatic patients venturing out without taking necessary precautions and spreading the infection.
An first information report was filed against Bihar Congress president Madan Mohan Jha and several other senior party leaders for violating coronavirus guidelines.
The global coronavirus count reached 3,28,40,145, while the toll rose to 9,94,146, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The number of recoveries stood at 2,27,15,575