By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 19, 2020, 11:23:42 am
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With nearly 38,000 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus infections rose to over 10.77 lakh. At least 543 deaths were reported, taking the casualties to 26,828. While 373,406 are active patients, as many as 6.77 lakh patients have already recovered.
Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, crossed the three-lakh mark on Saturday with Mumbai reporting over 1 lakh coronavirus cases so far. The national capital, on the other hand, is projecting an uplifting trend. For 17 of the last 20 days, including 11 in a row now, the number of people recovering from COVID in Delhi has remained higher than newly detected infections — no other state has come close to such a trend. Meanwhile, the AIIMS Ethics Committee has given its nod for a human clinical trial of the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin following which the premier hospital is likely to begin the exercise by enrolling healthy volunteers from Monday.
Globally, over 14 million people have been infected with the virus and 602,656 have died. It has taken just four days to climb to 14 million cases from 13 million recorded on July 13.
Fearing spread in Gandhi Colony, Panchkula administration declares it a containment zone
Gandhi Colony, a slum with a population of 2,100 living in 485 huts with access to only 20 public bathrooms was turned into a containment zone on Saturday. Although the area has reported only one Covid-19 case yet, the drastic measures have been taken to stop any possible spread of infection in the congested colony. The area is turning out to be a major challenge for health authorities and residents alike.
The Gandhi Colony slum is divided into three broad lanes, which give way to multiple smaller lanes. Most families, with up to five members, live in raw 7×7 huts, most of which are small tents with only the basic necessities. The area consists mostly of migrants from Uttar Pradesh who sell fruits and vegetables in the neighboring areas of the colony, situated in MDC 4.