By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: June 3, 2020, 11:02:47 am
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With India reporting 8,908 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus infections in India crossed the 2 lakh-mark to reach 2,07,615 on Wednesday. This includes 5,815 deaths and 1,00,303 cured/ discharged. As many as 217 people have died in the last 24 hours across the country. Also, for the first time in nearly two months, the growth rate of infections in Maharashtra has slowed to fall below that of the country as a whole. The seven-day compounded daily growth rate (CDGR) for Maharashtra has remained below the national average for three consecutive days now.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) scientist Dr. Nivedita Gupta has said that the country is still “very far away from the peak”. In an infectious disease, a peak signifies the point at which the daily case count will start to fall. Over the last few days, over 8,000 new cases have been reported from across the country daily. “We are very far away from the peak. Our preventive measures have been very effective. We are in a much better position vis-a-vis other countries and you will see the data soon,” Dr. Gupta said.
Also, according to the new findings by ICMR’s National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH), Ahmedabad, only 7% of coronavirus samples have a “high viral load” — meaning these people would, on average, transmit the infection to 6.25 other people. The vast majority (84%) have low infectiousness, transmitting to only 0.8 persons on average. 9% have a moderate viral load.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said one in every two COVID-19 deaths in India has been of senior citizens who constitute 10% of the total population, while 73% of COVID-19 deaths in the country are of people with comorbidities.
India is currently on the 7th spot on the global list of countries worst-hit by Covid-19. Globally, over 6,452,422 cases have been reported, while 3,82,481 people have succumbed to the infection. The United States continues to be the worst-affected nation with 1,881,205 cases and 1,08,059 deaths.