Coronavirus Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said India will fight Covid-19 courageously and will remain eternally proud of its frontline workers. Retweeting a video where a healthworker is seen to be welcomed home by her family and society members on her return after “20 days’ non-stop service”, PM Modi wrote, “Moments like this fill the heart with happiness. This is the spirit of India. We will courageously fight COVID-19. We will remain eternally proud of those working on the frontline.”
Meanwhile, Maharashtra and Gujarat continued to see rise in cases on Thursday with cases in the former crossing 10,000-mark. With 1,018 new cases reported in last 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in India surged past 33,000 mark to stand at 33,610 with as many as 1,075 fatalities. According to the Health Ministry, 630 patients recovered in past one day taking the total number of recoveries to 8,372. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the recovery rate in India has thus improved to 25.19% while the case fatality stood at 3.2%.
On the global front, the novel coronavirus has so far claimed at least 227,971 lives and infected at least 3.2 million people worldwide since its outbreak at the beginning of this year, according to a tally by John Hopkins University. The United States is the worst-hit, with over 1,039,909 cases and over 59,000 deaths. The worst-affected countries in the world after US in terms of infections are Spain (2,36,899), Italy (2,03,591), France (1,66,543) and United Kingdom (1,66,441).