AGENCIES, New Delhi: Coronavirus cases in India crossed the 50,000-mark as the country registered 50,545 cases, including 1,694 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 2,958 new cases and 126 deaths were reported. In the last three days, 10,000 patients have been infected by coronavirus in the country. 14,182 have recovered or cured of the virus too, according to the latest figures from the Union Health Ministry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the special task force created to meet the challenge posed by the highly contagious virus. The meeting was meant to discuss the progress in India’s efforts in vaccine development, drug discovery, diagnosis and test. After the meet, a statement from the government said more than 30 vaccines for coronavirus are in different stages of development. A few of them are at the trial stage.
The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra — the state with the highest number of COIVD-19 cases — rose to 15,525 with the state reporting 984 new cases on Wednesday. The number of deaths rose to 617. Delhi has registered 5,104 cases so far, including 64 deaths.
In Tamil Nadu, 4058 people are suffering from coronavirus. Authorities say most of people who tested positive in the last one day are linked to the Koyambedu vegetable and fruit market, one of the largest markets in the country. The market has emerged as the latest epicenter for COVID-19 cases in the state. In Uttar Pradesh, 2880 people are COVID-19 positive and the state has lost 56 people to the virus. In West Bengal, 1344 people are positive of coronavirus and the numbers are on the rise.
The country’s recovery rate — number of patients who have successfully fought the illness — stood at 28.71 per cent. A total of 14,183 patients have recovered so far.
Experts, however, said the peak of this deadly virus outbreak was yet to come and may be witnessed in India over the next 4-6 weeks, while another spurt might be seen later during the winter season.
India is in the third phase of the lockdown, with considerable relaxations in areas that are free of the disease and considered medium risk. Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road remains banned. Schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, malls, shopping centres, gyms and sports complexes are also stay shut. Gatherings — social, political, cultural and religious — are also not allowed.