On the 17th of June, India reported 10,974 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, taking the total cases to 3,54,065 till the 17th of June.
Despite better recovery rate and improved cases, India’s every day spike in the Coronavirus cases is a matter of concern for the Central Government and state governments.
Recently on the 11th of June, India also left behind the United Kingdom (U.K.,) and became the 4th worst COVID-19 affected nation with a total of 2.90 lakh cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
In the past few days, India’s everyday spike in Coronavirus cases touched 10,000, taking the total infection to more than 3.54 lakhs.
The Central Government said the nationwide lockdown imposed on the 24th of March for the first time, prevented the community transmission to happen in India.
While new cases was 10,974, death cases reported in the last 24 hours were 2,003, taking the total deceased due to COVID-19 to 11,903.
As of now the total number of positive cases in the country are 3,54,065, active cases are 1,55,227 active cases, 1,86,935 are cured/discharged/migrated and 11,903 deaths.
The figures were confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the morning of the 17th of June.
Maharashtra is still the worst affected due to the Novel Coronavirus. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are also witnessing the highest one day spikes in cases.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes U.K. trials of Dexamethasone, a humble, generic, low cost corticosteroid as a drug to reduce deaths in COVID-19 patients.
A large trial conducted by Oxford University, dexamethasone may reduce deaths by up to one third in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19.
According to sources, a total of 2,104 patients were randomised to receive dexamethasone 6 mg once per day for ten days and were compared with 4,321 patients randomised to usual care alone.
The results were better and helped the patients to recover fast, reducing the deaths.
However, the full details of the trials are awaited.
Meanwhile, on the 17th of June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet chief ministers of states and union territories to discuss the ongoing situation, COVID-19 and it’s precautions.
Union Home Ministers Amit Shah and Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh would also attend today’s meeting with Mr. Modi.
Stay tuned for further updates.