The number of confirmed US coronavirus cases neared 1 million on Tuesday even as some states eased restrictions aimed at fighting the pandemic battering the economy. Meanwhile, Russia has extended the nation’s partial economic shutdown through May 11 as its total coronavirus cases reached 93,558 with 867 deaths.
Meanwhile, the total number of infections rose to 29,974 while the death toll crossed the 900-mark to reach 937 on Tuesday. In a press briefing, the Health Ministry said the plasma therapy for COVID-19 is one of the therapies being experimented with but there is no evidence for its use as a treatment. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that in the last 24 hours, 1,543 new cases of the coronavirus were detected in the country, of which 684 cases were cured. The recovery rate is now at 23.3 per cent with 7,027 people recovered so far, he added.
Patients with mild coronavirus symptoms can now stay in home isolation, according to the new guidelines by the Health Ministry. As per the new guidelines, medical officers can recommend home isolation to those patients who have been clinically categorised as a very mild case or pre-symptomatic case, provided they have the requisite self-isolation facility at their residence so as to avoid contact with other family members.
On the global front, over 3 million people have been infected from the novel coronavirus ever since its emergence in China last December, while 2,11,167 people have died. The United States continues to be the worst affected, with over 990,135 cases and over 56,144 deaths. The country has recorded 1,303 deaths in the last 24 hours. After the US, Spain reported 2,29,422 infections followed by Italy (1,99,414), France (1,62,220), Germany (1,58,142), the United Kingdom (1,54,038) and Turkey (110,130). (Click here to follow our coverage of Covid-19)