As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire in India, the central and state governments are respectively amping up all of their efforts to check potential contamination. The third phase of the nationwide lockdown with “considerable relaxations” is currently in place till May 17. However, governments are also keeping in place necessary curbs so as to not lose all the gains that have been achieved in the battle against the virus.
Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 62,000-mark on Sunday, while the death toll topped the 2,000-mark as well.
In India, the state of Maharashtra has emerged as the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases witnessed a massive spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with over 20,000 positive cases of infection and more than 770 deaths.
Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 12,800-mark and the death toll is over 480. One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.
However, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that India’s recovery rate from the COVID-19 disease is around 29.9%, insisting that “one out of every three hospitalised patients” have recovered from COVID-19 in the country till date.
Last month, Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan had informed us that a high-level task force has been formed to work on the frontiers of science related to drug testing and vaccines.
Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has partnered with biotech firm Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to develop a fully indigenous vaccine for COVID-19 using the virus strain isolated at ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. The strain has been successfully transferred from NIV to Bharat Biotech International Ltd. (BBIL).
Here are the latest updates on coronavirus in India on Sunday, 10 May 2020:
07:21 IST Sunday, 10 May 2020
Vande Bharat Mission: First evacuation flight from the UK with 326 Indians lands in Mumbai.
06:48 IST Sunday, 10 May 2020
Construction of chariots for Puri Rath Yatra has begun amid COVID-19 lockdown.
Odisha: Construction of chariots for Puri Rath Yatra has begun. The 9-day festival is scheduled to begin on June 23. Ajay Jena,Administrator Development Officer,Jagannath Temple Admn says, “72 workers are at it. Centre has given approval for construction, with conditions.”(09.05) pic.twitter.com/Fpdjr6ylNL
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06:30 IST Sunday, 10 May 2020
Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine: A new study has revealed that anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has failed another test to prove its efficiency in treating the coronavirus COVID-19, with infected patients showing no change in their conditions after being administered HCQ.
06:25 IST Sunday, 10 May 2020
Madhya Pradesh: 116 fresh infections in the state taking the total COVID19 tally to 3,457, death toll reaches 211 with 11 more people succumbing to infection. (PTI report)