Sharp decline in Covid cases; 3,876 deaths in 24 hrs

A woman surrounded by her relatives receives oxygen support for free at a gurdwara in Ghaziabad India May 6. — Reuters

A woman surrounded by her relatives receives oxygen support for free at a gurdwara in Ghaziabad India May 6. — Reuters

Last week the Supreme Court praised Mumbai's response to the spread of Covid-19, proposing that the Mumbai model be replicated in Delhi.

He the national COVID-19 positivity rate is around 21 per cent and about 42 per cent (310/734) of the districts are reporting a positivity rate more than the national average.

The Union government is in discussion with states to contain the spread of COVID-19, said Health Ministry spokesperson Lav Agarwal. The number of positive cases has come down as the capital entered the fourth week of lockdown on Monday.

India, with a population of 1.4 billion people, now accounts for one in three of the reported deaths from coronavirus around the world, according to a Reuters tally, overwhelming hospital and medical staff, as well as mortuaries and crematoriums. As many as 13,583 people have recovered from the infection in the same period. The dip in doses is particularly acute in rural areas where the curve is rising and where there are glaring gaps in medical infrastructure, data obtained by The Indian Express revealed.

India saw a record 4,205 COVID-19 fatalities in a day taking the death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

India's total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,29,92,517 with 37,15,221 active cases and a total of 2,49,992 deaths so far.

The brutal second wave of Covid-19 infections has spread from the cities to small towns and the countryside, ripping through a fragile health system ill-equipped for a crisis of this scale.

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The most glaring development was that the United Kingdom variant had been detected in a sequence from a community transmission. The WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan agreed.

The US is looking at joint production of Johnson and Johnson's Covid vaccine in India and ways to help manufacturers like Serum Institute of India (SII) to boost production, Daniel B Smith, Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy, said Tuesday.

More than 25 lakh vaccination doses were administered in a span of 24 hours, the ministry said.

Akhand Pratap, a resident of Ghazipur district in sprawling Uttar Pradesh state, said that "people are immersing bodies in the holy Ganges river instead of cremation because of shortage of cremation wood". This is the second straight day India has reported a drop in cases.

"It is still too early to say whether we have reached the peak", he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express newspaper. But we must not forget that this is a very high plateau.

Citing the case of Pune, he said night curfew alone with no restriction on gatherings has shown less significance in terms of controlling the growth trajectory of daily new cases.

A FOLDING cot that a family claims to have got itself, fans that don't work, a roof that is leaking at several places, and a ward overpowered by the stench of a toilet.

Production of the Apple iPhone 12 at a Foxconn factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has slumped by more than 50 per cent because workers infected with COVID-19 have had to leave their posts, two sources told Reuters.

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