COVID: Confirmed cases in India nearing 24,000; Maharashtra reports 778 new cases on Thursday

While the efforts to develop a vaccine gathered momentum in the last couple of weeks, clinical trials on humans were approved in Germany. In the UK, trial volunteers at the University of Oxford were given the first dose of a potential vaccine. India’s Serum Institute, which has partnered with Jenner Institute of University of Oxford, for the vaccine technology said on Friday that its vaccine may be ready for trial soon.

COVID: Confirmed cases in India nearing 24,000; Maharashtra reports 778 new cases on Thursday

With Maharashtra reporting 778 new cases, the highest in a single day in the country, India’s total number of novel coronavirus cases has crossed 23,500 on Thursday night. The disease has already claimed 720 deaths int he country. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 541,789 samples from 525,667 individuals have been tested until yesterday.   

Maharashtra remained the worst hit with a total of 6,430 confirmed cases so far as several thickly populated slum areas and the city hospitals continued reporting increased number of new cases. Other states with most number of cases at present include Gujarat (2,624), Delhi (2,376), Rajasthan (1,964), Madhya Pradesh (1,699), and Tamil Nadu (1,683). While,  Kerala, which reported the first three positive cases in the country in February seemed effectively controlled the infection as the number of new cases has been declining over the period. The state has reported 10 new cases on Thursday and the total number of positive cases at hospitals as of Thursday night was only 129.      

Globally, there now are 2,718,797 cases of coronavirus. The number of fatalities across the world stands at 185,656, and there have so far been 730,843 recoveries. Nations hit with most cases: US (880,204), Spain (213,024), Italy (189,973), France (158,183) and Germany (153,129). 

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