India this Sunday, recorded more than 20,000 coronavirus cases for three consecutive days. India now ranks third in the worst-hit countries with coronavirus globally. On Sunday India reported 27,094 fresh coronavirus cases with 676 new deaths due to COVID-19. India’s total coronavirus cases number to 697,358 lakhs.
The US remains at the top in the worst-hit country by the coronavirus, following it are Brazil and now India. Before India, Russia stood at the third number in terms of the global coronavirus cases. India remained at 8th position globally in terms of deaths due to the pandemic.
As per Worldometer Brazil has 15,78,376 infections and the US 29,54,999 cases.
Kerala became the first state to amend its Epidemic Diseases Ordinance by extending Covid-19 control regulations for the next year. The government has issued new guidelines which will be effective till July 2021.
In a significant development on the Covid-19 vaccine, the ministry of science and technology on Sunday edited a press release issued earlier by the Press Information Bureau that “a vaccine unlikely to ready for mass use before 2021”.
The release earlier said that along with two Indian vaccines — Covaxin and ZyCov-D — 11 of 140 vaccine candidates entered human trials across the world, but none of them was “likely to be ready for mass use before 2021”. This phrase was later removed.
COVID-19: India Ranks Third Leaving Behind Russia
On Friday, ICMR announced that they aim to launch the COVID-19 vaccine by August 15. They further told selected medical institutions to fast-track its clinical trials. However, experts do not affirm with the ICMR’s announcement saying it to be unrealistic.
So far in India Maharashtra recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases. The total number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra crossed 2 lakhs with a single-day increase of COVID-19 numbers by 7,074.
While Tamil Nadu registered 4,280 fresh cases, Delhi, Telangana, Karnataka, Assam and Bihar added a total of about 10,000 cases in a day.
These seven states have contributed to about 78 per cent of the single-day spike.
Of the total 19,331 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra also accounted for the highest 8,671 fatalities.