COVID-19 impact: India crosses 8 lakh reported coronavirus cases

ST Staff
Saturday, 11 July 2020

After the United States and Brazil, India has been listed as one of the worst affected countries with the third-highest rank in terms of COVID-19 cases.

In the past 24 hours, India has recorded the highest number of cases with more than 26,000 active cases, crossing the mark of eight lakh COVID-19 cases in the country. The country saw a huge spike in COVID-19 cases in a matter of 3 days where it went from seven lakh to eight lakh and now currently stands at 8,01,286 active cases. Maharashtra is the worst affected state in the country with the highest number of cases which stands at 2,30,599 with 9,667 fatalities. The next state is Tamil Nadu that has recorded more than 1,30,261 cases followed by Delhi witnessing 1,07,051 cases.

Around 90 per cent of active coronavirus cases in India has been recorded from eight states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana while 49 districts account for 80 per cent of the active cases in the country, the Group of Ministers (GoM) dealing with COVID-19 cases were notified on Thursday.

After the United States and Brazil, India has been listed as one of the worst affected countries with the third-highest rank in terms of COVID-19 cases.

However, according to the PTI report, The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has given approval to the anti-viral drug Itolizumab which is mainly used to treat skin disease psoriasis for "restricted emergency use" to treat patients infected with the deadly COVID-19 virus who are experiencing mild to severe acute respiratory problems.

Also, the government has announced strict lockdown restrictions in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Pune amid the rising cases. The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed strict lockdown norms in the State from July 10, 10 pm to 13 July, 5 pm and the UP police personnel have been deployed to keep an eye on the vehicles at the Delhi-Noida border.

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