India now has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases

Cheryl Sanders
July 7, 2020

Russian Federation now has just over 681,000 cases. South Africa imposed some of the strictest stay-at-home measures in the world in late March in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19, but the number of infections is rising daily as the lockdown rules are gradually eased. India's cured/discharged patients crossed the 4 lakh mark with 4,09,082 patients cured/discharged and while one patient has migrated.

India's worst-affected state, Maharashtra, reported 6,555 new cases and 151 deaths today, taking total number of cases to 2,06,619 and death toll to 8,822.

In Kerala, which reported the country's first COVID-19 case, 5,430 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far. India's fatality rate - number of deaths as a percentage of total cases - was 2.8 per cent this morning. Only the United States and Brazil are ahead of India in terms of total coronavirus infections. New Delhi and Mumbai each have about 100,000 cases, with 3,000 dead in the capital and almost 5,000 in Mumbai. There are 2,53,287 active coronavirus cases in the country, the ministry's data showed.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 613 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. Total number of positive cases stands at 99,444 including 71,339 recovered/discharged/migrated, 25,038 active cases and 3,067 deaths.

With Pune city reporting an average 700 new cases for the past week, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities said that a worrying 60% of the fresh cases were now emerging from outside the 'containment zones'.

As part of the coordinated efforts, the Union government has emphasised on increasing testing, prompt contact tracing and timely clinical management of cases, the statement said. In spite of significantly increased testing in Delhi, the positivity rate has seen a substantial decrease from about 30 per cent to 10 per cent in the last three weeks.

Meanwhile, the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), a Bengaluru-based body of scientists, has said the Indian Council for Medical Research's (ICMR) target to launch a coronavirus vaccine by August 15 is "unfeasible" and "unrealistic".

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat (35,312) with 1,925 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (26,554), Rajasthan (19,532), Madhya Pradesh (14,064), West Bengal (21,231), Haryana (16,548), Karnataka (21,549), Andhra Pradesh (17,699), Telangana (22,312) and Bihar (11,700) cases.

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