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Coronavirus update: Total cases in India cross 6 mln-mark

At least 1,000 more deaths recorded in last 24 hours in India; total death tally more than 95,000  

 
By DTE Staff
Published: Monday 28 September 2020
Cases in India cross 6 mln; over 5 mln recovered, says health ministry

The number novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in India crossed the six-million mark September 28, 2020, according to covid-19.org.

  • At least 1,000 more deaths were recorded on September 27. The total death tally as on September 28 was 95,602, according to covid-19.org.
  • Kerala reported 7,000 new cases of the disease on September 27, 2020. The state has recorded more than 175, 385 confirmed infections so far.
  • Delhi recorded more than 42 deaths on September 27. On September 26, the national capital saw 46 deaths, the highest in over 100 days.
  • At least 71,967,230 samples have been tested so far for SARS-CoV-2. Of these, 709,394 samples were tested on September 27, the Indian Council of Medical Research said.
  • The global death tally due crossed a million, according news agency AFP. The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, the World Health Organization had said last week.
  • The world has so far had 33,330,981 cases positive to the virus, out of which 7,613,013 are active cases, according to worldometer.
  • About half of adults (51 per cent) in the United States said they would definitely or probably get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, according to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Centre. The intent to get a COVID-19 vaccine has fallen from 72 per cent in May, a 21 percentage point drop. 
  • Over 10,000 adults were surveyed between September 8 and 13 for the same. The results were published on September 17. 
  • Researchers have devised 3D-printed nasal swab prototype. Given the ongoing need for widespread COVID-19 testing, researchers conclude that 3D printing technology offers a viable, cost-efficient option to address swab supply shortages.
  • The Lancet reviewed strategies for easing restrictions in nine high income countries: Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
  • The authors proposed five factors to consider when developing strategies to ease restrictions: Knowledge of infection levels, community engagement, public health capacity, health system capacity, and border control measures.
  • Before easing restrictions, the authors urged governments to adopt five measures: A clear plan with transparent decision making; robust systems to monitor infection; an effective test, trace, and isolate system; a “zero-COVID-19” strategy that aims to eliminate domestic transmission; and a safe reopen from lockdown. 

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