With nearly 50,000 single day spike of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 cases, India, on the 29th of July marked 15 lakh cases.
According to the Union Health Ministry, on the 29th of July, India reported 49,500 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
In the past 24 hours, India tested 4,08,855 samples, of which 49,500 tested COVID-19 positive.
With these updates, till date India has a total of 15,32,135 positive cases. Of the total, 5,08,739 are active cases, 9,88,782 are recovered/discharged cases and 34,228 deceased.
Of the total active cases, the majority of cases were from only a few states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
Delhi was also one of the worst COVID-19 affected regions of India.
However, with rapid testing and 80% recovery rate, Delhi’s COVID-19 situation is improving.
Delhi has 10,887 active cases, 1,17,507 recovered/discharged cases and 3,881 deceased.
Another Indian state with a good recovery rate is Telangana. In Telangana, there are only 13,753 active cases and 42,909 recovered or discharged. The recovery rate of Telangana stands at 75.09 %.
The recovery rate in India is also high compared to other nations and stands at 64% and fatality rate is low at 2.25 %.
However, the rise in cases in India is a matter of concern for governments of states and union territories.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry, directed all states and union territories to increase per day testing.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) three Ts, tracing, testing and treating is the only major cure of the Novel Coronavirus.
Until any proven cure comes as a vaccine for the deadly infection, self isolation, precautions like social distancing, wearing face masks and using sanitizer is helpful to avoid getting infected by the virus.
Meanwhile, Moderna Inc., on the 28th of July, said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine studies on monkeys showed immune response and protected against the infection. The vaccine named MRNA-1273, given to non humans protected against infection in the lungs and nose, and prevented pulmonary disease in all animals.
The experiment was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Globally, the Coronavirus infected as many as 16,895,202 people and claimed 663,476 lives.
Stay tuned for further updates.