Coronavirus India August 5 Updates: Delhi records 1,076 fresh Covid cases, highest single-day deaths in TN
Wednesday marked the seventh consecutive day that Covid-19 cases increased by more than 50,000 in the country. Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the key states to watch.
A health worker sanitises the equipment at a gym in New Delhi, a day before it reopens after a period of five months, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)
Delhi recorded 1,076 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the national capital to over 1.4 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 4,044, authorities said. Eleven deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, as per the latest bulletin, which is the lowest number of Covid-19 fatalities reported in a day, since July 1. Also, Tamil Nadu reported single day highest Covid-19 deaths of 112, taking toll to 4,461 while 5,175 fresh cases push tally to 2.73 lakh, says the state government bulletin.
In the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, India reported 52,509 cases of the novel coronavirus and 857 deaths. This took the country’s tally to over 19 lakh cases (19,08,255), including 5,86,244 patients who are undergoing treatment for the disease, 12,82,216 who have recovered and 39,795 fatalities, the Union Health Ministry confirmed. Wednesday marked the seventh consecutive day that Covid-19 cases increased by more than 50,000 in the country.
Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the key states to watch, but smaller states like Goa, Tripura, Manipur and Puducherry are also have a significantly large spread of Covid-19. (Also read the latest on the Covid-19 vaccine front). The services sector is facing the brunt of the pandemic. From food to aviation, and IT to hospitality, the sector is still struggling to get back on its feet given physical contact is an intrinsic prerequisite. The sector is estimated to employ more than 33 per cent of the employed population and contribute over 55 per cent to the GDP. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was discharged from hospital after recovering from the disease. He had been admitted to Chirayu Hospital in Bhopal after he tested positive for the disease on July 25. He has reportedly been advised to remain at home for another seven days, during which his health will be monitored.
Meanwhile, global coronavirus cases rose to 18,466,594 Wednesday, with as many as 699,134 fatalities. At least 11,058,317 people have recovered from the disease so far, data by John Hopkins showed.
Coronavirus India LIVE updates: More than 19 lakh cases, nearly 40,000 deaths; Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are key states to watch. Read latest news and updates in Tamil, Bangla and Malayalam
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Coronavirus India Live News Updates:
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the state is facing a threat from coronavirus spread because of its highest population density, and hence, needs to remain alert. “There is definitely a threat to Bihar (from coronavirus) as our population density is highest in the country. It is three-fold of the national average and hence we need to remain alert and cautious,” Kumar said in the state assembly.
Meanwhile, West Bengal government revised the dates for the statewide lockdown, which will now be observed on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. The state BJP took a swipe at the Bengal government for “deliberately selecting” August 5 for the lockdown, when the ‘bhoomi pujan’ (groundbreaking rituals) for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is scheduled. It demanded that the TMC shift the date, as it did for the Eid festival, news agency PTI reported.
Also, on Monday, the UK government said that its new manufacturing agreement with the Mumbai-based global pharmaceutical Wockhardt will guarantee the supply of millions of more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine whenever it is ready.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed it has entered into an 18-month pact with the company to carry out the crucial “fill and finish” stage of the manufacturing process, which involves dispensing the manufactured vaccine substance into vials ready for it to be distributed.
Why the race for a Covid-19 vaccine is an unprecedented sprint
The moment China made the genetic code for the SARS-CoV-2 virus available in January, hundreds of companies and academic institutions rushed to develop a vaccine that would create an immune response against it. Today, with Covid-19 having spread across the world, even ravaging some countries, over 160 potential vaccines (that the World Health Organisation knows of) are in various stages of testing.
How many vaccines are being tested against Covid-19?
According to the World Health Organisation, at least 26 potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in various stages of human trials, while another 139 are still undergoing animal tests to understand whether they can be safely injected in humans.
However, experts tracking this space feel the number is conservative. This is the first time that a virus has garnered this much interest, they say. “The actual number of candidates will be as much as three times what WHO has listed,” said vaccine expert Dr Davinder Gill, also the former CEO of Hilleman Laboratories.
Surely enough, Covid-19 has attracted the largest number of vaccine candidates for a pandemic in the last few decades. Another interesting aspect to note is the speed with which the development has taken place. The effort hasn’t been limited to traditionally tried and tested technologies, but newer platforms as well that have never made it to market before.