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COVID-19 deaths: India pips Italy, occupies 5th spot


At a time when the Union government is introducing more relaxations under Unlock 3, India on Friday surpassed Italy to occupy the fifth spot in COVID-19 deaths in the world. While India’s COVID-19 death toll touched 35,747, Italy’s death toll stands at 35,132.

The development is as per the real-time tally reported by the Johns Hopkins University.

Death toll highest in US

As per the tally, the countries that are ahead of India in the list are the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Mexico. While the US has reported 1,52,070 deaths, Brazil has reported 91,263 deaths. The United Kingdom has reported 46,084, whereas Mexico has reported 46,000 fatalities due to COVID-19.

‘Herd immunity sans vaccine will come at a great cost’

The Ministry of Health has clarified that herd immunity is not a strategic option for India in the battle against COVID-19.

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan clarified that achieving herd immunity sans a vaccine would come at a great cost for India. Considering India’s population of 138 crore, achieving herd immunity would require crores of people to get sick, he said.

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The bureaucrat added that such a situation would result in the health infrastructure getting crippled, that would lead to numerous deaths.

Notably, ‘herd immunity’ is a term used to describe a stage where enough people become resistant to a disease to stop its spread. It can be achieved naturally or via a vaccine.

5.45 lakh active COVID-19 cases

There are 5,45,318 active COVID-19 cases in India. Over 10.57 lakh people have recovered from the viral infection so far. The recovery rate rose to 64.54 per cent while the fatality rate dropped further to 2.18 per cent.

According to the ICMR, 1,88,32,970 samples have been tested up to July 30. Interestingly, 6,42,588 samples were tested on Thursday.

Notably, India’s total case tally has already crossed the 16 lakh-mark to touch 16.38 lakh. Interestingly, India reported its biggest single-day spike of 55,078 cases in the last 24 hours.


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