The Kerala government on Friday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in eight of its districts as the state recorded its highest single day spike of 9,258 Covid cases. The orders will be in effect starting Saturday, 9 am onwards. Not more than five people will be allowed to gather at a time. The infection count touched 2,12,499 today while the death toll rose to 791 with 20 new fatalities. The state has the third highest number of active cases of 77482 in the country.
The country’s caseload rose to 6,394,068 today after over 80,000 cases were recorded in a day. With more than 1,000 people succumbing to the virus during the same period, the number of fatalities also rose to 99,773, according to latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
However, the government also stated that India’s active COVID-19 cases remained less than 10 lakh for the 11th consecutive day and that it continues to maintain its global position of having the maximum number of recovered patients. With 78,877 people having recuperated from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, India’s total recoveries surged to 53,52,078 pushing the recovery rate to 83.70 per cent, according to data updated at 8 am.
A first of its kind study on the coronavirus epidemic in India suggests that an overwhelming number of infected people, over 70 per cent, might not be passing on the virus to others. The disease could be spreading only through a small set of infected people.
Globally, over 34 million people have been infected while more than one million have succumbed to the virus. The United States continues to remain the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil. On Friday, US President Donald Trump said he and first lady Melania had tested positive for Covd-19 and would go into quarantine.