Covid-19: India crosses 1 million mark

Our Bureau. New Delhi | Updated on July 17, 2020

Health Ministry deputes central team in Bihar to contain increasing cases

India crossed 1 million Covid-19 cases on July 17. Of these 6,35,757 or up to 63 per cent have recovered while another 25602 have died. Cases have doubled to a million or ten lakh, in 21 days from over five lakh recorded on June 27. Since crossing the six lakh mark on July 2, India has been consistently recording a rise of lakh cases in every four days.

Given the rising trend of Covid-19 cases being observed in Bihar, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that it is debuting a multi-disciplinary team in the state to review and coordinate with the state health department in managing the Covid-19 outbreak in the state. The team comprises Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, MoHFW, SK Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, and Niraj Nischal, Associate Professor (Medicine) at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

As on July 17, Bihar recorded 21,764 confirmed cases, of which 14,018 have recovered, while another 197 persons have died.

MoHFW has also said that India has 658 cases per million population and is ranked 106th as far as country rankings for highest cases per million goes. In terms of absolute cases, India is among the top three countries, but cases per million in Russia and the US are eight and sixteen times higher than India.

India is recording close to 30,000 new cases every day. On July 17, up to 34,956 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, which is half of the number of new cases registered in the US every day, which stands at 60,000 new cases per day.

India has tested a cumulative of over 1.30 crore samples for SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19 of which over 3.33 lakh samples were tested in one day on July 16.

Published on July 17, 2020

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