COVID toll at 3.33 lakh; ICMR says the peak by mid-November

COVID toll at 3.33 lakh; ICMR says the peak by mid-November

With over 11,929 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the total COVID infection cases in India on Monday rose to 3,32,920. Currently, the total active infections are over 1.5 lakh in the country, while nearly 1.7 lakh people have recovered so far, according to the Union Health Ministry. The death toll stood at 9520 as of now. Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, has over 1 lakh cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (44,661) and Delhi (41182).

While, a study by Indian Council of Medical Research showed that the peak stage of COVID-19 in the country has been delayed by the eight-week lockdown and it may now arrive around mid-November. According to the study, the lockdown period could strengthen public health measures, however, there could be a shortage of isolation and ICU beds and ventilators  in November.

“In a scenario of intensified public health measures with 60% effectiveness after the lockdown, the demand for treatment facilities can be met until the first week of November. Thereafter, isolation beds could be inadequate for 5.4 months, ICU beds for 4.6 months and ventilators for 3.9 months, projections by the researchers showed,” noted the ICMR study.

Globally, over 7.9 million people have been infected by coronavirus-2  so far, causing  4.3 lakh deaths. The US remained at the worst-affected  with  21,35,309 cases.

With over 11,500 cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID -19 numbers in India on Monday rose to 3,32,920. Currently, the total active infections are over 1.5 lakh in the country, while nearly1.7 lakh people have recovered so far, says the Union Health Ministry. The death toll stood at 9520 as of now. Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, has over 1 lakh cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (44,661) and Delhi (41,182).

Meanwhile, a recent study by the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) shows that in India the peak stage of COVID-19 has been delayed by the eight-week lockdown and it may now arrive around mid-November. According to the study, the lockdown period could strengthen public health measures, however, in November there could be a shortage of isolation and ICU beds and ventilators.

“In a scenario of intensified public health measures with 60% effectiveness after the lockdown, the demand for treatment facilities can be met until the first week of November. Thereafter, isolation beds could be inadequate for 5.4 months, ICU beds for 4.6 months and ventilators for 3.9 months, projections by the researchers showed,” noted the ICMR study.

Globally, over 7.9 million people have been infected registering more than 4.3 lakh deaths. The US remained at the worst-affected  with  21,35,309 cases.