Coronavirus LIVE: India had 640,000 cases by May, says ICMR’s sero survey


Coronavirus update: With a highest single-day spike of 96,551 coronavirus cases, India’s tally has surged past the 4.5-million mark to 4,562,414. With the most recent addition, the country has recorded 625,876 cases in seven days alone. As many as 1,213 died on Thursday — the most in a day — taking India’s death toll to 76,304. On Thursday, Maharashtra and Delhi recorded 23,446 and 4,308 cases, respectively. The national capital’s tally has topped the 200,000 mark.

The nationwide serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that coronavirus spread in the rural parts of India infected 69.4% of the population — that is approximately 4.44 million people living in rural India. The findings are remarkable because India witnessed a migration of millions of people to urban to rural parts after the lockdown used to be imposed to contain the pandemic on March 24, 2020. The survey used to be conducted from May 11 to June 4, 2020, in 700 villages and wards.

Coronavirus vaccine update: A day after the Serum Institute of India (SII) used to be issued a showcause notice by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), it said it used to be pausing coronavirus vaccine trials in the country. The SII is manufacturing Oxford University’s Covishield vaccine in collaboration with UK’s AstraZeneca.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 28,313,390. While 20,326,137 have retrieved, 913,090 have died so far. America, the worst-hit country, has 6,585,692 cases. It is followed by India, which has 4,559,725 cases, Brazil (4,239,763) and Russia (1,046,370).

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