By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 27, 2020, 12:17:23 pm
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With daily coronavirus cases (50,525) inching over to 50,000, the total number of infections in India crossed the 14-lakh mark on Monday. The toll rose to 50,525 with 716 deaths in the last 24 hours. Of the 1,437,976 cases, India currently has over 486,244 active cases, while 918,906 patients have already recovered.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today launch “high throughput” COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai, and Kolkata, which will boost the testing capacity and strengthen early detection and treatment in the country, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, along with the chief ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh — Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata Banerjee, and Yogi Adityanath respectively, will be attending the virtual launch event. These have the capacity to test over 10,000 samples per day, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Globally, over 16 million people have been infected while 6.47 lakh people have died. The United States is the worst-affected followed by Brazil and India.
Covid-19 cases soar in young adults bored of social distancing
Psychological fatigue with social distancing is emerging as a major challenge for curbing a pandemic now into its eighth month. That’s especially so among young adults who are less fearful of the coronavirus and suffer greater economic and social costs when they stay home.
From Japan to Spain and the U.S., infections among millennials and Generation Z are driving new waves of cases that don’t seem to be abating despite re-imposed restrictions. The worrying trend reflects that social distancing curbs are proving untenable over a long period, despite their initial efficacy in flattening the virus curve across the world earlier this year.
80,000 cases in July, Andhra orders Remdesivir doses
With the number of critical Covid-19 patients and deaths from the infection in Andhra Pradesh rising sharply, along with a jump of over 80,000 in the overall number of cases this month, the state government has ordered 90,000 doses of anti-viral drug Remdesivir. According to official data, 1,041 deaths have been reported in the state so far — 707 of them from July 13 to 25. The case count in the state has gone up from 14,515 on June 30 to 96,298 as of July 26. Hetero Pharma will deliver the first consignment of 15,000 doses this week while the remaining will be delivered over the next three weeks, according to officials.