The number includes 17,610 active cases, 4,749 cases in which the patient has been cured and 718 deaths due to the novel coronavirus, according to latest report by the ministry of health and family welfare.
Maharashtra was by far the worst-affected state in the country where 778 persons tested positive in the state during the past 24 hours.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from India and around the world —
Mumbai can see 70,000 cases by May-end: Study
Keeping in mind a mathematical projection that the Mumbai city’s cases could hit 70,000-odd in about a month from now, the BMC is on an overdrive to set up at least 3,000 Covid-care beds for patients with moderate to severe symptoms of the viral infection, that is about 5% of the projected caseload.
The plan includes BMC’s ‘takeover’ of at least 600 beds in the state government-run G T Hospital and St George’s Hospital near CSMT. “It’s better to handle Covid-19 cases if hospitals work under one command,” said a BMC official, adding that the state government has added oxygen support and ventilators at these hospitals.
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US nears 50,000 virus fatalities after 3,176 deaths in 24 hours
The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 50,000 people in the United States, after one of the deadliest days of the pandemic which saw 3,176 deaths, according to a tally Thursday from Johns Hopkins University. The US, the worst-hit country in the world, now has 866,646 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up 26,971 from the previous day.
India faring better than other countries at the 5L-test mark: Committee chief
Though the number of Covid-19 patients in India is rising, the graph is linear and not exponential and could indicate a flattening of the curve as the country’s positive rate remains largely unchanged at 4.5% of those tested even as the number of tests conducted daily since March 23 has risen consistently crossing 5,00,000 overall on Wednesday. As of now, on average, more than 35,000 tests are conducted daily.
The stigma attached to Covid can cause more deaths: AIIMS head
Stigmatising of Covid-19 patients and their families is resulting in cases turning up late at hospitals, with heightened breathlessness, and this could mean increased morbidity and mortality, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said on Thursday. According to Dr Guleria, the disease can be treated successfully in most cases and 80% of patients need only supportive care, while 20% would require enhanced attention and of these only 5% need ventilators.
Sunlight destroys coronavirus quickly, say US scientists
The new coronavirus is quickly destroyed by sunlight, according to new research announced by a senior US official on Thursday, though the study has not yet been made public and awaits external evaluation.
‘80% chance of success’: Human trials of Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University begin in UK
Human trials of an eagerly-awaited vaccine, developed by the prestigious Oxford University against the novel coronavirus began in the UK on Thursday, with scientists giving it an 80 per cent chance of success. The UK government has pledged 20 million pounds to support the “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19” coronavirus vaccine trial programme, with UK health secretary Matt Hancock saying the government would “throw everything at” finding a vaccine against the deadly virus.