India’s COVID-19 tally nears 2 lakh, over 1.6 lakh cases added in just 30 days

New Delhi, (’s novel coronavirus tally on Tuesday inched closer to the two lakh-mark, of which nearly 1.6 lakh cases were added in past 30 days, a sign to worry.
A total of 8,171 cases were added in past 24 hrs to the tally which reached 1,98,706. The death toll also rose to 5,598 as 204 more people died of the virus.
As per Union Health Ministry, the cases under active medical supervision are 97,581 while the total number of recoveries reached 95,526 with 3,708 new ones.
More than 1.5 lakh cases were recorded in just 30 days, data shows.
The rising number of cases is much due to easing of restrictions, more movement of people and enhanced testing.
PM Narendra Modi while addressing the annual general body meeting of Confederation of Indian Industry stated that ‘unlock 1.0’ will bring growth back.
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded India’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in more than two decades to ‘Baa3’.
‘Strengthening the economy against corona is among our highest priorities. There are five key elements reflected in all our decisions: Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation. For us, reforms are not random or scattered decisions, but a planned, systematic, integrated and futurists process,’ the Prime Minister said.
On lockdown, Mr Modi said his government took the right step. ‘Lockdown has helped India to develop physical resources and save human resources,’ he pointed out.
As the cases continues to climb day-by-day, Health Ministry Joint Secretary stated that based on evidence, Drug Controller General has given the approval of using ‘Remdesivir’ to treat Covid patients.
The Ministry once again cautioned the elderly above 60 years of age and those with co-morbidities as they are the most vulnerable. Seventy-three per cent of deaths in India are of patients with co-morbidities.
The government maintained that despite seventh highest cases in the world, India has been able to keep fatality rate to as low as 2.8 per cent.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said it is conducting a survey to determine the extent of transmission of virus and result will come out in a week.
Statewise, Maharashtra continues to bear the maximum burden of cases with over 70,000 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 23,495 cases, Delhi 20,834 infections and Gujarat 17,200 infections.
With the cases surging, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched a mobile app to know vacant beds and ventilators in the national capital. He reassured that the Delhi is having required health infrastructure and facilities to tackle any situation.
As a part of Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians abroad, nearly 700 Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka due to the international travel restrictions sailed back home on an Indian Navy warship. (uni) ( .