Coronavirus cases in India have dropped considerably in the last few days, with the number of recorded new infections touching as low as the numbers in mid-July.
In the last 24-hours, India recorded 29,163 new cases, the federal health ministry said Tuesday, which is the lowest in the last four months. It came after the previous day’s historic low count at a little over 30k.
The national total caseload stands at 8.87 million — which is the world’s second-largest in terms of the number of infections recorded since the pandemic began, after the US.
However, the low count of cases should be judged in the backdrop of a falling number of tests over the weekends, which is reflected in the low case counts at the beginning of the week, Indian Express newspaper noted.
As per media reports, tests have remained below 1 million in the last four days.
Meanwhile, the nation just celebrated its biggest festival of the year — Diwali — over the weekend, which experts feared would catapult the infection numbers in the nation. Starting September, India celebrates major festivals across communities back-to-back.
Delhi, which has been the hotspot of new cases in the past weeks, recorded a decline in new cases. COVID-19 cases dropped in the National Capital, where just a week over daily cases touched the 8500-marks. Here again, reduced testing was reflected in the new caseloads.
Despite the worrying situation in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain clarified that there will be no lockdown in the city and assured the ‘third wave’ is past. He said lockdowns won’t stop COVID, but people wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing will.
The pressure is also mounting upon the City’s administration to double the current 3,491 ICU beds of which 88% are occupied as of now, TOI reported.
A Niti Ayog assessment found that as a result of violating norms in the festive season, COVID-19 cases in Delhi could reach 500 cases per 1 million population.
Meanwhile, cases also took a sharp drop in the state of West Bengal, which is one of the five other Indian states contributing nearly fifty percent of the nation’s caseload over the last week.
An improvement in the state’s recovery rate to 91.81 percent, while on Monday only 3,012 new infections were reported in West Bengal. Active cases dipped by over 1.7k to 27,897 cases while cumulative discharge cases were recorded 3,98,952, as per state health bulletin.
In the last 24-hours, deaths were highest in Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, and Punjab, among others, federal health ministry data showed.
Stocks across the world went soaring after Moderna Inc. yesterday became the second US coronavirus candidate to announce nearly ninety-five percent efficacy of their vaccine.
The report came a few days after Pfizer and BioNTech became the first vaccine candidate in the world to report ninety-percent efficacy.
Meanwhile, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “A vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic.” He added a vaccine will compliment other tool, not replace them.
Globally, the novel coronavirus pandemic, which is thought to have been originated in Wuhan has affected over 53 million lives and killed 1.3 million people around the world.