Coronavirus Update: Nearly 40,000 people have now died in India due to COVID-19

T cells can recognise some parts of coronavirus if they have been exposed to common cold, says new study

By DTE Staff
Published: Wednesday 05 August 2020

India’s total deaths from COVID-19 stood at 39,795 at 8 am on August 5, 2020, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). 

  • The number of confirmed cases stood at 1,908,254, with active cases accounting for 586,244
  • There were 1,910,795 cases according to private aggregator Covid19India. Of these, 588,010 were active cases and there were 39,856 deaths
  • According to Worldometers, India had 1,910,795 cases and 39,856 deaths
  • There were 4,182 new cases in India and 36 new deaths accrording to Worldometers
  • The total number of recoveries were 1,282,929, active cases were 588,010 and serious, critical cases were 8,944
  • Maharashtra had the highest number of confirmed cases in India at 142,458 according to the MoHFW. Some 299,356 people had recovered. Some 16,142 had died
  • India was at third position according to Worldometers, after the United States and Brazil
  • India was followed by Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain and Colombia
  • There were 4,919,116 confirmed cases in the US according to Worldometers
  • There were 696 new cases in the country and 45 new deaths
  • The total number of deaths in the US stood at 160,335
  • There were 2,482,899 recoveries, 2,275,882 active cases and 18,407 serious and critical cases in the US
  • There were 2,808,076 confirmed cases in Brazil according to Worldometers. The number of new cases and new deaths was not known.
  • The total number of deaths in Brazil stood at 96,096
  • There were 1,970,767 recoveries, 741,213 active cases and 8,318 serious and critical cases in Brazil


The memory helper T cells of the human body’s immune system that recognize the virus causing the common cold, can also identify some parts of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to a new study. 

This could help explain why some patients of COVID-19 get milder symptoms of the disease as compared to others, the scientists who had conducted the study, were quoted as saying.

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