Coronavirus India summary: cases, deaths and news - 9 July
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200 million cases by year end?
From 'respected epidemiologists', but Dr Shetty isn't overly worried, because in his opinion it depends on who becomes infected. Nursing also fundamental.
New WHO guidance calls for more evidence on airborne transmission
The World Health Organization (WHO) today released new guidelines on how the coronavirus is transmitted, acknowledging some reports of airborne transmission but stopping short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air.
In its latest transmission guidance, the WHO acknowledged that some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested the possibility of aerosol transmission, such as during choir practice, in restaurants or in fitness classes.
But the WHO said more research is "urgently needed to investigate such instances and assess their significance for transmission of Covid-19." (Reuters)
Just 39 days to go from six to 12 million cases
According to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University the total number people worldwide confirmed to have been infected with Covid-19 passed 12 million on Thursday. In reality, because many people who have had the virus were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms and were never tested, the real number of people who have been infected with the novel coronavirus will be far higher.
The number of confirmed cases is triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually.
From the initial cases being recorded in China in January it took 149 days to reach six million cases. It has taken just 39 days to reach 12 million cases from that point.
The death toll now stands at over 550,000. 6.6 million people have recovered from the virus.
Indian Covid-19 figures examined
Here is an interesting thread on India's coronavirus numbers, courtesy of the BBC's Soutik Biswas:
Patna lockdown: guidelines and dates
The district's magistrate announced that Bihar's capital Patna will be under lockdown from 10 to 16 July, amid a surging coronavirus case count.
A police personnel in plain clothes sets up barricades on a street on Thursday after a recent lockdown was reimposed in nine areas as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Siliguri.
(Photo: Diptendu DUTTA / AFP)
WHO sets up panel to review handling of Covid-19 pandemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the response by governments. The announcement follows strong criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which accused the WHO of being 'China-centric', and U.S. formal notification on Tuesday that it was withdrawing from the U.N. agency in a year's time.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel and chose its members, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual meeting with representatives of WHO's 194 member states, which was webcast. "This is not a standard report that ticks a box and is then put on a shelf to gather dust. This is something we take seriously,"
Covid-19 recovery rate rising in India
Covid-19 recovery rates are now six times higher than when the outbreak started back in March. Four months ago, the recovery rate was just 10% of all positive cases but now, 62.09% of all patients are recovering from the virus.
Eight states account for 90% active Coronavirus cases in India
Eight states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Telangana, account for around 90% of all active Covid-19 cases in India while 80% of active cases have been reported from 49 districts, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19 was informed on Thursday.
The GoM was told that six states — Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal account for 86 per cent of the deaths caused by Covid-19 and 32 districts account for 80 per cent of fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said.
Governor Kiran Bedi tested negative for coronavirus on Thursday, a day after an employee of the Raj Nivas here was found to be infected with the virus.
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Global Covid-19 cases pass 12 million
Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday, as evidence mounts of the airborne spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.
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Hemant Soren into quarantine
The Jharkhand chief minister, Hemant Soren, has gone into quarantine at home after meeting with a minister who tested positive for Covid-19.
Soaring infections sharpen divide between centre and states
This week India surpassed Russia to become the third worst-hit country with more than 740,000 Covid-19 infections. The surging virus numbers have all but overwhelmed the public health system, which the states are responsible for. It’s also piling on pressure on local governments at a time when they’re scrambling to restart economic activity.
Cabinet to extend free grain scheme
Among the key measures, the Cabinet gave its nod to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, which provides for allocation of foodgrain from the Central pool, until November with an additional estimated expenditure of Rs 76,062 crore.
Covid-19 catch up
Here are a selection of coronavirus-related stories that have been making the headlines over the past 24 hours:
- Maharashtra: Chief Minister sits at home while Leader of Opposition tours the state extensively
- UK Royal Society president: “Everyone should wear a face covering”
- Thiruvananthapuram, in the southern state of Kerala, has enforced a strict lockdown after a surge in new cases
- Indian chief minister in self-isolation after meeting with infected minister
India Covid-19 update: 05:30 IST on Thursday 9 July (02:00 CEST)
According to the latest figures published by John Hopkins University, 11,982,883 cases have been detected worldwide, with 547,931 deaths and 6,533,436 people recovered.
In India, there have been 742,417 cases confirmed, 20,642 people have died and 456,831 people have recovered from the virus.
Coronavirus India updates: welcome
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