COVID tally at 3.2 lakh in India; New single-day cases close to 12,000

Serological survey by ICMR shows an estimated 7,00,000 people could have been infected by the virus in India even in early May showing much more undercounted cases.

COVID tally at 3.2 lakh in India; New single-day cases close to 12,000

With 11,929 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, the COVID tally of India rose to 3,21,375 on Sunday, according to data from the State Health Departments. Out of these 1,49,654 are active cases, while 1,62,525 people have recovered until now. With about 306 new fatalities reported yesterday the death toll now stands at 9,196.

With the new data of cumulative positive cases India is currently the fourth worst affected country after the US, Brazil and Russia by the pandemic globally.  The country is also among the top 10 affected countries in terms of fatalities. It is now ranked ninth after the US, Brazil, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico and Belgium. With over 1.14 lakh deaths the US stays at the top while with over 9,650 fatalities Belgium stays close up with India.

In terms of recoveries,  India is now positioned sixth after the US, Brazil, Russia, Italy and Germany, according to a global COVID data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, a serological survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found that an estimated 7,00,000 people could have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus even in early May, accounting for more undercounted cases, reported The Hindu.

The tests were conducted in May, across 69 districts of 21 States. The numbers estimated by the ICMR marks much higher than the numbers of confirmed cases in May. More results of the serosurvey are anticipated to be released from the ICMR in the upcoming days.